CHAPTER 4 How Do I Work with Disagreement?

The most exciting and creative part of the consensus process is when a group is cycling between Steps 3 and 4. Proposals are made, concerns are raised, and the group attempts to refine or replace the proposal to address those concerns. During this part of the consensus process, groups can experience fruitful innovation or intense frustration. Often, they experience both. I call this the cycle of disagreement and discovery.

Using Consensus Cards

I created a tool called Consensus Cards* to maximize focus, creativity, and respect. The method is simple to use. Provide each group member with three cards: one green card, one yellow card, and one red card. The cards are large enough to be seen across ...

Get Consensus Through Conversations now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience books, live events, courses curated by job role, and more from O’Reilly and nearly 200 top publishers.