Factors affecting the decision implementation
When starting a new project, one of the biggest factors that could affect implementing any decision is communication. As leaders for the Kava project, Alex and I need to make sure that we clearly and thoroughly explain what the goal is, and listen to the members of our team to obtain quality solutions. "Effective communication is without doubt a key component of successful change." (Lewis, 2006). For the Kava office to be successful, our team must be able to communicate the goals and expectations to the team. We must also be willing to hear feedback and value the input received from the team members (Lewis, 2006).
The first three goals established were to hire a local employee, create a marketing brochure, and obtain proper business licenses and tax requirements to operate legally in Kava. Although we have used the resources at corporate to help with all three, there are still small issues that Alex and I must be able to deal with, and also need to create options in the event the original plan does not work. Developing back up plans will help make the transition easier and will allow our team deal with any last minute situations that may arise.
One of the first items to take care of was to introduce our new employee, Sam, to the rest of the consultants at Milliman. Our team believed it was as valuable for Sam to meet the resources that we have available, as it was for the other consultants to meet Sam. The original plan was for Sam to attend the annual consultant meeting. However at the last minute there was a storm in Kava and we could not leave the island. We contacted our information technology department and arranged to set up a video teleconference with the consultants attending the meeting. Although there were a few delays in sound, the meeting went well, and Sam could put some faces to names, and chat with the various consultants who have been assigned to our project.