Tips for Reaching a Consensus

1. Clarify the Decision That Has to be Made. “By the end of this meeting, we must decide on a vendor to implement these three new sites in the Asia/Pacific region.”

2. Clarify the Decision-Making Method. “Because this decision requires the full commitment of all team members, I recommend that we strive for a consensus.”

3. Remind the Team About the Norms Concerning Consensus. “Let me begin by reminding you that our norms for a consensus included allowing everyone an opportunity to participate in the discussion, to consider all points of view, agreeing on a decision you can live with (even if you have some concerns about it) and finally, a willingness to work hard to implement the decision.”

4. Take a Look at the ...

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