Along with trust and responsibility comes autonomy to make decisions. You're not likely to have this right out of the gate. We don't want you to burn the place down your first week. We want to provide you with the necessary background, context, and skills to make the best decisions you can.
Knowing when to ask for help and when you can safely follow your own compass comes with experience. It may help to think in terms of The Decision Tree Model.
The Decision Tree Model
In addition to our Decision Analysis course to help us make better decisions, the Decision Tree model can be useful when working with your manager to set clear expectations and boundaries for decision-making as you grow in your position and at Fractured Atlas.
Four levels of decision-making correspond to the potential consequences of a poor decision:
- Leaf. A leaf level decision is going to have little or no effect on the overall tree. You are autonomous and empowered to make a leaf decision without consulting others or telling your manager.
- Branch. A branch level decision carries more risk than a leaf decision. You are empowered to make a branch decision and take action but must report what you have done to your manager.
- Trunk. At the trunk level, the risk to the tree’s health is much higher. You can make the decision but before you take any action, you must discuss it with your manager.
- Root. At the root level, the wrong decision can be life threatening and even terminal. You must discuss the pros and cons with your manager and others before you make a root decision.