Take a Decision Pause

To slow down decision-making to be more thoughtful and engage in a deeper analysis, we need clear mechanisms for productively leaning into and learning from conflict, tensions, and uncertainties. Pausing allows for team reflection and the inclusion of diverse perspectives.


  • Reduce contrived urgency in decision-making.

  • Develop more distributed leadership and shared decision-making.


  1. All stakeholders need to be invited to meetings and must be given equal time to talk. Leadership may need to deliberately hold back from speaking first so that team members feel they can speak freely.

  2. Create shared norms for the conversation.

  3. Ask team members to play devil’s advocate – putting forward the most compelling arguments they can come up with both for and against an idea.

  4. Once the group has made a decision about which direction will be taken, honor that decision.

  5. Schedule a follow-up meeting if a decision cannot be reached to reduce urgency.


  1. In a semi-remote environment, where some participants are together in a physical space and some are remote, create a consistent way for all participants to join a meeting via their laptop using a video meeting platform.

  2. Use collaborative documents for participants to share ideas. This can be done before, during, or after meetings, and this approach helps ensure that everyone’s voice gets included.


“Our team has been working toward distributed leadership – making sure that a broader group of team members have a voice in key decisions. To do that well, we needed new protocols to ensure we could evaluate all of the implications of a decision, process disagreements, and ultimately come to an informed consensus that everyone can get behind.”

– Meaghan Foster, 2Revolutions