Meeting facilitation can be a complex art and science when the issues themselves are comparably complex. As we teach in our meeting facilitation training, learning to do meeting facilitation well requires paying attention to nuances, one of which is getting the right people in the room. The room, of course, can be either physical or… read more →
I really dislike the Bears, Lions and Vikings. People and the groups we belong to don’t like other people and groups who aren’t like us. This can bloom into hate. Science says, in part, it’s biology, and we can learn to believe differently.
For those of us who love ice hockey, ’tis the season! As a fan of ice hockey and my work, it struck me that a hockey match is kind of like a public meeting that, if facilitated properly, can end up being a satisfying experience for most. Like many public meetings, participants are the opposing… read more →
As you have perused our website, you have been treated to several blogs about consensus building. What is it? What isn’t it? How do we achieve it? Why does it take so much time? What are some specific techniques to help you and your group gain consensus? The Red, Yellow, Green Card technique can help!… read more →
The mainstream news media, and politics in general, has had a love affair with the word mandate for the past several presidential news cycles and that should make all of us a little crazy. Elections are decided by vote, still probably the cleanest and most efficient system that we’ve come up with for empowering people… read more →
How are consensus decisions developed? Consensus becomes possible within groups that are committed to honoring each person’s contribution. The collaborative problem solving process involves a shared commitment to listen respectfully to each other and the choice to allow each unique perspective to inform the whole view. A consensus-building group will make a deliberate effort to… read more →
What is consensus decision making? Consensus is one way that groups can make decisions. There are other ways, of course. A conceptual range of options is depicted graphically below. It spans from one person making a decision on behalf of the entire group to consensus with no constraints, meaning that the group will take whatever… read more →
Jails, cemeteries, hospitals, unemployment offices, corner offices, and congress are all filled with people who’ve made bad decisions. But what exactly is what is consensus decision making?
I can imagine that many shared my foreboding as the world approached the referendum known as Brexit. Now that we are hearing about and beginning to experience some of the fallout from this vote, many of the “Leave” voters are beginning to wonder if they have done the right thing. Should consensus decision making have… read more →
It’s been a decade since I read James Surowiecki’s book (The Wisdom of Crowds) about how our collective smarts shapes good decisions through consensus. In theory, I’m a big believer. And then along came the consensus decision that Donald Trump is the best Republican candidate available.