This is a monthly electronic magazine for anyone who wants to be a better leader, coach, facilitator, or simply, to tune up their people skills. It is a complimentary publication, devoted to the next evolution of Quality Thinking.
Publisher: © Key Associates, LLC, 2009 ISSN # 1545-8873
“It is the law of love that rules mankind. Had violence, i.e. hate, ruled us, we should have become extinct long ago. And yet, the tragedy of it is that the so-called civilized men and nations conduct themselves as if the basis of society was violence.” — Mahatma Gandhi
“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” — Benjamin Franklin
“Most people are more comfortable with old problems than with new solutions.” — Anonymous
“A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a joke or worried to death by a frown on the right person’s brow.” — Charles Brower
If you are in leadership, you are blessed with the richness of differences. Were it not so, you would be surrounded by “yes men” and an absence of creative thinking. Your challenge is to how to coalesce the differences into consensus.
Consensus is a decision making process which equalizes power over a group of people. Consensus means “substantial agreement,” not unanimity or 100% backing.
Using the tools for consensus building, bring people together to express their ideas, clarify areas of agreement and disagreement, and develop shared solutions and resolutions, to which they are committed.
Exercises and Action Items
Excellent description of a consensus-building process: A Short Guide To Consensus Building.
A simpler way: Consensus Building.
Some guidelines: Process Guide #2: Building Consensus.
and additional guidelines: Consensus – How to and Why.
Key Associates facilitates Mediation of Conflict and teaches the leadership tools of consensus decision making. Contact us for more information.
Index of articles and links: Conflict, change, and consensus building: articles and links.
A clever Tool Kit to give to participants: Consensus Building A Table Guide & Tool Kit.
A tool using fists and fingers to peacefully express sentiment: Fist-to-Five Consensus-Building.
A simple PowerPoint on the subject: Consensus Slides.
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