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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.


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LEVEL     TEAM ACTIONS                                                   DECISION MAKING AUTHORITY
 
1               RESEARCH THE PROBLEM                              NO AUTHORITY, ONLY REPORTING
                 REPORT FINDINGS
 

 2             RESEARCH THE PROBLEM                               POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS REPORTING ONLY
                DEVELOP, ALTERNATIVE  SOLUTIONS

 3             RESEARCH DEVELOP RECOMMEND              RECOMMEND BEST SOLUTION

               BEST SOLUTION FOR APPROVAL
 
4             RESEARCH DEVELOP SELECT                        RECOMMEND IMPLEMENTATION

              BEST SOLUTION
              REPORT SOLUTION DECISION
              RECOMMENDATION FOR

              IMPLEMENTATION

 5         RESEARCH DEVELOP SELECT                          IMPLEMENT AND REPORT ON PROGRESS
            IMPLEMENT INFORM/REPORT
 
 6        DEVELOP SELECT IMPLEMENT                        TOTAL AUTHORITY
          EVALUATE                                                            NO REPORTING NECESSARY