In my last post, I described 5 decision making options leaders can choose, depending on the amount of time allowed and input and buy-in needed.
This post will describe a process a leader can use to help a group reach an efficient consensus decision.
First of all, it’s important to define what’s meant by “consensus”.
Here’s a definition that’s worked for me:
“Consensus is a decision that every member of the group has had input to, understands, and is willing to support.”
Note that consensus does not mean that everyone agrees with the decision 100%. It mean’s they’ve had their say – and have been listened to – and at the end of the day, are committed to supporting the decision. The final decision is owned by the group.