St Benedict stated in his Rule for monks that there is no greater evil in a community than 'murmuring'. That sixth century behaviour translates as gossiping or underhanded and hidden criticism of someone in an organisation - usually in authority.
He receives a letter purporting to terminate his partnership in the firm. After a moment of reflection (Step 1 - Step Back), he summonses all the decision makers who may have conspired against him out of their offices and into the open plan - where they could each see and be seen by Don, each other, and the other non-decision making staff.
Don: 'Hey! Get out here!' I just got a breach letter with your name on the bottom.'
Don: 'Joan! Get out here! Joan! Could you get Cooper out here?
Joan: 'What's going on?'
Don: 'Find Pete. No-one knows about this?'
Joan: 'I saw it.'
Don: 'Then why did you say 'What's going on?''
Cooper: 'I want you to calm down. I just called Jim, we're going to get the bottom of this.'
Pete: 'Is there a meeting?'
Don: 'Have you seen this?'
Pete: 'This is outrageous! You know we're going to be at Burger Chef on Monday!'
Roger: 'I vote against this. Right now.'
Jim: 'It's not subject to a vote. The contract is very clear.'
Don: 'You want to play parliamentary procedure? Let's play. Everyone who wants to get rid of me - raise your hand.'
Jim: 'Fine. I have Ted's proxy.'
Cooper: 'You had no right to put my name on that!'
Don: 'Anyone else?... All opposed?...Motion denied!'
Pete: 'That's a very sensitive piece of horse flesh. He shouldn't be rattled!'
- Mad Men Season 7 'Waterloo'.
Good decision making draws the decision maker out of his office into a neutral space of inquiry and invites those who may be affected by it to contribute in full view of each other.