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:
To 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