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Leadership Nudge – D2A2

This week’s Leadership Nudge is about the D2A2 structure for reporting issues and taking action. D2A2 stands for:


Here’s how it works. First, we sense or DETECT that there is an issue, or a problem, or an opportunity. We notice it. We smell it. We see it. Then, we DESCRIBE it. This is the who, what, when, and where of what’s happening. Next, we ASSESS. We might say, “Hey, here is what I think is going on.” Then, we take ACTION. Our action could be, “Here’s what I think we should do, or here’s what I intend do,” or maybe even, “Here’s what I did.”

D2A2 works nicely with Ladder of Leadership. As we move up the D2A2 structure, we are moving up the Ladder. I detect something, then I describe it. Describing it, “Here’s what I see,” is level 2 on the Ladder of Leadership.

Then I assess it. On the Ladder this is level 3, “Here’s what I think.” Then, I take action. This could be level 4, 5, or 6 on the Ladder. “Here’s what I would like to do, or I intend to do, or I have done.”

At each step there is more engagement, more creativity, and more involvement.

Our leadership nudge to you this week is this:

Start practicing using the D2A2 approach as you report problems to your boss; and your teams to report problems, or issues, or simply decisions that they need to make, to you.

Let us know how it goes!

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