Virtual First | Teamwork Kit
Unblock a team decision
You’ve revisited your project brief and scheduled three meetings, but your teammates still see things differently. When a stuck decision is decreasing your team’s impact or morale, it’s time to escalate it—cleanly. Use this workshop to get a leader’s perspective and come unblocked.
60–90 MINS | VIRTUAL TEAM WORKSHOP
Step 2: Agree to escalate
Are they next in the management chain?
Will they offer a fresh, outside perspective?
Do they have expertise in the subject?
Are they in a position to make a decision?
Step 3: Articulate the problem
Step 4: Ask for advice
I’m working on [project] with [core people]. We’ve been trying to [decision you need to make] for some time, but we’re blocked on whether or not to [thing you want to do]. We’d love your perspective on the decision so we can [outcome you want to achieve]. Would you be willing to discuss? If you’ve got a strong opinion now, feel free to share asynchronously. We can also schedule a meeting to dive deeper. Here are some reference docs for context.
Step 5: Keep going until you’re unblocked
If you’re still blocked after escalating, consider asking your own manager for advice. If the problem persists, it may be a sign of a bigger misalignment around your organization’s priorities.
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3 easy wins
Build the habit
- Tomorrow: If a conversation starts going in circles, ask: “What decision do we need to make here?”
- Next week: Stuck? Ask: “Whose perspective could help us make this decision?”