5toFold – Decisions That Unite

5toFold?

Welcome to learn more about 5toFold = Five to Fold decision-making:

First you will be invited to reflect on a few questions, tapping into your benefits from using 5toFold.
Then we share a story – to set the stage.

You can also go to a short description of 5toFold.

Listen to the reflection questions

But first – imagine… and play the audio:

* You can find a transcript of the questions in this audio at the bottom of the page.

Five to Fold decision-making is offered to create value for your team and organisation. This is a simple method which takes a lot of guts to use.

Do you have the guts to improve decision-making?

5toFold in Practice – A User Story

As I enter the room I find a circle of chairs. I notice the care that has been put into preparing a welcoming space for us. The sponsor of the meeting greets us: Welcome!

We are invited to land together in the circle with a transfer-in activity. I feel some of the pressure and tension fading away by this start.

The decision-making process begins and the facilitator invites the sponsor to read the proposal out to all of us.

As she does so, she also declares her openness and trust that the wisdom to work with this decision is in the room. I feel it’s a genuine invitation.

Next the facilitator invites us to ask any clarifying questions to the sponsor. At this time, no personal opinions are allowed. Several questions are asked. My understanding grows as I listen to the questions of my colleagues and how they think about this topic.

We move on to the next step – the listening circle. The facilitator passes an object once around the circle and tells us that the person holding the object is the speaker and the rest of us respectful listeners. After one round, the object is placed in the center for more comments. I hear both worries and excitement in relation to the proposal. Everyone speaks from their heart which brings much clarity to the proposal and its consequences.

The sponsor of the proposal is asked if there are any changes to be made. She asks for a five minute break to make a few minor changes. A good time for some tea and a sandwich which is available handy in the room. This suits me fine as I am hungry.

When we reconvene the facilitator checks if there are any new/more clarifying questions due to the changes, we also go through the listening circle one more time. This goes quickly as there were only minor changes to the proposal.

Finally the facilitator explains the voting process. Wow, we are actually given full authority, each of us, to make a personal choice if this proposal is going to move forward or not.

After explaining the different votes the facilitate counts – ready, steady, go and we all show our hands with the number of fingers we have chosen. There is no fold/veto and most of us show 3-5 fingers which means solid acceptance. Two persons show two fingers and they share there concerns to the sponsor and group. They will still support the implementation.

The three persons who show 5 fingers are willing to take leadership for implementing the decision. I notice the sponsor is really happy about that!

Our votes and the concerns are being recorded. The sponsor and those having concerns agree to meet directly after the meeting to see how this can be cared for in implementing the decision.

We celebrate the decision that we made together!

Before the closing circle the sponsor invites us to the whiteboard to note our next steps. It’s inspiring to see how much energy there is to move this decision forward and how much care is given to meet the concerns that were voiced.

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Listen to the reflection questions

TRANSCRIPT OF THE AUDIO IF YOU PREFER READING:

What would be the benefits if you made wiser decisions in your team and organisation?

  • Close your eyes for a minute and imagine this happening in your team.

What would be the benefits if your decisions were implemented rapidly, with joy and excitement?

  • Close your eyes for a minute and imagine this happening in your team.

What would be the value of a productive process where everybody speaks their truth about where they stand before jointly making the decision?

  • Close your eyes for a minute and imagine this happening in your team.

What would be the value if bad ideas were not acted upon?

  • Close your eyes for a minute and imagine this happening in your team.

What would be the value if more good ideas were acted upon?

  • Close your eyes for a minute and imagine this happening in your team.

What would be the value if we use all the wisdom available in our team when making a decision?

  • Close your eyes and imagine this happening in your team.

Are you curious to learn how to use 5toFold? Check it out!