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Levels of Authority
When an organization gives a team, committee, or council, an assignment, it is imperative that the organization and team clearly understand their level of authority.  When this is not clear by all parties, problems often arise at some level, often under the table but still destructive.  Sometimes problems arise because the organization has chosen the wrong level of collaboration or communicated that they were doing one level of collaboration but actually doing another.  Problems can also arise when an organization or individual communicates that another person or group has one level of authority but it turns out that they have another, lower level than expected.  While this can occur at times because expectations were not met, it should be rare.



 
LEVEL
 
TEAM ACTIONS
 
DECISION MAKING AUTHORITY
 
1
 
Research the problem
Report findings
 
No authority, Only Reporting
 2  Research the problem
Develop, alternative  solutions
Report Finding
 
Potential solutions reporting only.
 3  Research
Develop
Recommend best solution for approval
 
Recommend best solution
 4 Research
Develop
Select best solution
Report solution decision
Recommendation for implementation
Recommend Implementation
 5 Research
Develop
Select
Implement
Inform/Report
 
Implement and report on progress
 6  Develop
Select
Implement
Evaluate
 
Total authority
No reporting necessary
For information on collaboration and team building click here and proceed through the collaboration pages.
For information on conflict management, click here.
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