Making a Decision by Consensus
True consensus is something we value for its ability to unite a group around a particular decision. Too often, however, all we achieve is false consensus in which participants don’t share their concerns and the leader presumes to have everyone’s support. Later, however, the decision may come undone. Here’s how to avoid this and build real consensus.
This template can be used to create a stand-alone meeting dedicated to reaching consensus on a decision, or incorporated into longer meetings covering additional topics.Related Posts:
Meeting GoalTo develop a decision that we all can support.
- Author: Richard Lent, Ph.D.
- Duration: 1 hour or less
- Group Size: 12 or fewer
- Solution Categories: Managers
- The Proposed Decision
- Clarify Replies
- Confirm Agreements and Differences
- Document Decisions and Next Steps
25-page Facilitator's Guide with tips, step-by-step instructions, & resources
PDF printable guide includes:
- An Introduction to the Five C's: Methods for Reaching Decisions with a Group
- A Comparison of the Strengths and Weaknesses of Each Method
- Three Example Meeting Structures
- Step by Step Meeting Instructions
- Links to Additional Resources