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Making better group decisions with the stepladder theory  

Making better group decisions with the stepladder theory


The step ladder theory (also called stepladder technique or stepladder method) is a simple and effective tool that determines how people enter the decision-making group. The stepladder theory assumes that members contribute to the group on an individual level before being influenced by anyone else. Such an approach brings a wider variety of new ideas, more flexible thinking and creative points of view. While implementing the technique, five basic steps are due to be passed:

  • Step 1. Before a group is formed, you should present the task list or the problem list to all participants. Give everyone enough time to think over and carefully investigate what needs to be done. Each member will generate own opinion on how to accomplish the tasks or solve the problems
  • Step 2. Form a core group of two members. They will dispute and find the problem solution
  • Step 3. Add a third member to the core group. This member will bring new ideas before hearing the first two members' conclusions and solutions. After new ideas and discussed solutions are presented, thee members start discussing new options together
  • Step 4. Run this process repeatedly. A fourth member, a fifth member, and so on will be added to the core group
  • Step 5: Generate the final decision only after all members have been added to the group and they've presented their new ideas.

This checklist can be run and managed by using VIP Task Manager. This software is perfect for the group decision making process and sharing information among group members. The following action list will help you create and run the checklist for the stepladder technique:

  1. Go to Task Tree view and create the 'Stepladder technique' folder. It will contain all tasks, action lists and assignments concerning the group decision making process.
  2. Create tasks that associated with the 5 steps.
  3. If group members are located in different places, they can use real time collaboration mode of VIP Task Manager
  4. Members of the group can use Comments Panel to leave their own opinions and ideas on the task or problem
  5. As a manager, you can review the decision making process

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