Effective Group Decision Making with the Stepladder Technique

The Stepladder Technique


Group decisions can turn out to be challenging sometimes. You can end up in conflicts when the decisions are not properly taken. Some people can react very critically in situations, while the other group can sit idle without any reaction. The Stepladder Technique was introduced to maintain a balanced problem solving structure in the organization. Various organizational problems between executives, managers and the peer groups can be easily solved with the help of this particular technique.

Stepladder Technique

What is the Theory behind Stepladder Technique?

Developed in the year 1992 by Janet Barnes-Farrell, Steven Rogelberg and Charles Lowe, the Stepladder Technique allows the group members to take up the decision individually before applying it on others. The tool helps an individual to come out of his/her shell and take up independent decisions being in a group. Therefore, every individual can get the equal opportunity and cannot be shadowed by the stronger and decisive group members. The technique will operate in a step-by-step method where the group members will be assigned tasks and specified time to solve the problem. The new member in the group should present his/her solutions before the core group presents their solution. The entry of new members in the group demands sufficient time and the solutions can be discussed in the group. The final decision will not be taken unless the whole group is formed.

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