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Exercises

1: In the following scene, Sarah (employee), Jennifer (employee), Brian (employee), and Matt (employee) are seated in the conference room.

Brian: So, does anyone have any ideas on where we should begin?

Jennifer: Actually, I’m not really sure I even understand what we’re supposed to do.

Sarah:(Smiling) I’m glad that I’m not the only person who feels that way.

Matt:(Upbeat) Well, let’s talk about that. I know we all probably feel a little unsure, but once we get started, things will start to fall into place. Why don’t we start by going over this memo Mr. Stevenson sent us that outlines the project?

Do Sarah and Jennifer share the same feelings? Why?

Discuss the steps to follow before starting the consensus process.

2: Which of the following is a task that teams should complete for using consensus?
  1. Understand groupthink

  2. Create decision rules

  3. Commitment to team

  4. Address constraints




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