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Introduction

Introduction

Achieving Consensus looks at consensus as a process—a process that brings different people, different ideas and different approaches together; values that diversity, and then provides a framework to create a solution that is greater than any one person, idea or approach. It is the opportunity to set aside the “I” for the success of the “we.” It is the opportunity to get the power of the group aligned to get things done.

Information on teaming and facilitation has addressed consensus briefly, discussing its definition, pitfalls, and the role of the facilitator. While this information is helpful, it doesn’t address how to get consensus to work in the real world. Pressures that must be recognized and are addressed in this book include assessing and improving your skill set; dealing with deadlines; getting the group going; and using tools to overcome behavior and decision obstacles. These components include:

  • Participants’ skills

  • The need to grow into new skills

  • Using boundaries to frame issues

  • Tools for addressing behavioral and decision obstacles

As the world shifts focus from individual achievement to group success, skills to accomplish this shift must be learned. The paradox is that to achieve group success, each of us as individuals must be able to contribute to the group and help it reach consensus. Achieving consensus is as much about an individual journey as it is about the journey of the group.

This book explores both the individual and group journey and provides readers with the tools necessary to add value to their next team or group assignment and to have some fun while doing it.

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