Why Consensus Doesn’t Work

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Change Management Team Dynamics [link] Building consensus is key in the democratic process. Change Management Team Dynamics consensus Leadership Management people managementWhen you have a vote you “have a say” in the outcome.

Situational Team Decision-Making: Collaboration Does Not Require Consensus

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Some people believe that in a collaborative environment, consensus is the best. Pushing for consensus when it’s not needed actually makes collaboration more difficult. → Read More: Situational Team Decision-Making: Collaboration Does Not Require Consensus.

It’s The Consensus, Stupid*

Strategy Driven

One of the first things they must do is assemble the complete Buying Decision Team to garner the consensus necessary for change. Studies from the CEB show that a Buying Decision Team includes approximately 6 decision makers and untold influencers who must achieve consensus before considering how to resolve their problem, whether it’s a purchase or another fix. We are not facilitating consensus as it’s unique and systemic.

Why Consensus Kills Team Building | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Where Dan lost me was on point #4 – Teams Decide by Consensus. And as odd as it may sound, one of the greatest impediments to building productive teams is practicing management by consensus. Consensus isn’t the goal. That's consensus.

Shared Ethical Values: Global Consensus?

Leading in Context

As we struggle day-to-day with what ethics means in business, groups of concerned leaders around the world are studying common ethical values that could clarify ethical behavior and unite us in a common global code of ethics. There are resources readily available that present ethical values in a global context and provide guidance for ethical corporate behavior.

How to Reach a Consensus Decision and Not Go Around in Circles Forever

Great Leadership By Dan

Consensus building is hard work for a leader – it takes a willingness to “roll the dice” and be open to any alternative. Read my recent post over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out how to involve others in a consensus decision and not have it go around in circles forever. consensus decision making facilitation meetings Big egos need to be set aside.

Genunine Leaders Mold Consensus

Eric Jacobson

" A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus." -- Martin Luther King Jr. Management Leadership Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management General Management Skills Leadership Quotes

A Meeting Leadership Secret That Will Save You Time and Frustration

Lead Change Blog

Leadership Development clarity consensus decision making Decisions meetings vote Posted in Leadership Development Chaos It was a mess. The World Wide Widgets leadership team had gathered to decide how to use surplus funds.

Learning From the Movies: 12 Angry Men

Kevin Eikenberry

Leadership Learning Personal Development 12 Angry Men consensus team development I’m going to do something a bit different here this week. Typically in this space and time I recommend a traditional learning resource to you – a book, teleseminar, workshop or perhaps a website.

Six Things Great Leadership Teams Do

Great Leadership By Dan

Consensus Do discussions end with members proactively summarizing options, making recommendations, and end with a clear, mutual, firm decision or action being made? If consensus is not being reached, do all members engage in the discussion to reach consensus quickly?

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Learning From the Movies: Dead Poets Society

Kevin Eikenberry

Leadership & Supervisory Skills Personal & Professional Development 12 Angry Men consensus team development A few weeks ago I recommended a movie not because I am a movie critic, but because it could be used to learn and reflect from in our role as a leader. Check out that recommendation for 12 Angry Men here.) This week, in light of the recent death of Robin Williams, I have decided […].

The Reason Empowerment is Smoke and Mirrors

Leadership Freak

Author Book Notes Leading Managing Power Taking others higher Teams consensus decision Culture flat organizations Leadership Development Management Organizational Development zero sum games Two groups don’t have power to make the same decision, at the same time, in the same way. Power to decide is an either/or proposition. Empowerment is smoke and mirrors until management loses power.

0413 | Michael Roberto


In this interview, we discuss how great leaders balance consensus and conflict in making the best decisions, and how history sometimes precedes the research on great leaders. Leadership conflict consensus decision-making LDRLB Podcast roberto

Learning From the Movies: 12 Angry Men

Kevin Eikenberry

Leadership & Supervisory Skills Personal & Professional Development 12 Angry Men consensus team development I’m going to do something a bit different here this week. Typically in this space and time I recommend a traditional learning resource to you – a book, teleseminar, workshop or perhaps a website. Today I am going to recommend a movie and give you a few thoughts about how to watch it for more […].

Why Great Leaders Don’t Take Yes for an Answer: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Why Great Leaders Don’t Take Yes for an Answer: Managing for Conflict and Consensus Michael A. Roberto One of the most important attributes of a great leader organizational judgment Princeton University the Great Man theory of decision making Tom Davenport Why Great Leaders Don''t Take Yes for an Answer: Managing for Conflict and Consensus

The Most Innovative Companies Don’t Worry About Consensus

Harvard Business Review

Consensus is a powerful tool. When CEOs set out to conquer new markets or undertake billion-dollar acquisitions, we’d hope they’d at least sought out some consensus from their trusted advisors. The problem with consensus is that it’s expensive. And while it’s worth the cost of consensus in the pursuit big, bold moves, it’s often crushing to small experimental ones. Consensus didn’t just slow Nick down, it dramatically increased the cost of his test.

Solve the Frustration of Team Decision-Making

Leadership Freak

Ineffective teams don’t know how to make consensus decisions. Margaret Thatcher complained of consensus: “To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs,… Continue reading → Decisions Teams Communication Leadership Development organizational success Can we please make a decision and move on?

The Good Struggle: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob''s blog entries A brilliant response to the “enduring questions of responsible leadership” in the market-driven world in which we live and work Albert Einstein “crucibles” that all leaders encounter but from which not all of them emerge stronger and wiser “the burden of leadership” “burden of freedom” Bob Thomas Consensus Values and Core Values Harvard Business Review Press Joseph L. The Good Struggle: Responsible Leadership in an Unforgiving World Joseph L.

Commo Check – 11 Ways to Establish a Trust Message

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” ” Martin Luther King, Jr. Can you hear me now? Verizon introduced this phrase in their marketing campaign to emphasize the surety of their cell phone products because consumers want to trust the connection, to communicate a timely and clear [.]. Leadership Development Communication leadershiip Trust

Leader Competence: Will it Be A Multiplier or a Divider?

Leading in Context

While sometimes people disagree about implementation, there is a strong consensus among scholars and research organizations that today's leadership requires broad, high level thinking. By Linda Fisher Thornton Ethical leadership competence is an issue that is gaining attention. Expectations of "good leadership" are increasing and leaders and organizations are scrambling to keep up.

10 Practical Ways to Make Better Decisions

Leadership Freak

Peter Drucker said, “If you have quick consensus on an important matter, don’t make the decision.” Weak leaders silence dissent; wise invite it. All important decisions are made better by constructive dissent. Leaders with authority and power are responsible to invite, explore, honor, and reward constructive dissent. 10 ways to make better decisions with constructive dissent: … … Continue reading → Decisions

12 Ways to Maximize Collisions of Perspective

Leadership Freak

Consensus is the path to average. Mediocrity is the result of peace and harmony. Rather than resolving conflict, invite it. Lousy leaders and weak organizations pursue peace at all costs. The heat of tension, tests, clarifies, refines, and strengthens teams and ideas. Teams without tensions have weak players. One person runs the show. Everyone else […].

Fixing Health Care by Learning from the Cheesecake Factory – Atul Gawande’s Latest

First Friday Book Synopsis

There is in fact a consensus out there. The consensus is that health care costs are too high, and rising too rapidly. But the consensus evaporates with the question of how to fix it. One man who has thought a lot about this is Atul Gawande. Dr. Gawande is a surgeon, he teaches surgery at [.]. Randy's blog entries Atul Gawande The Checklist Manifesto The Cheesecake Factory

The Idea Pit: 5 Stupid Reasons Smart Ideas Die

Lead Change Blog

The consensus [.]. Posted in Change Management Leadership Coaching Leadership Development [link] In a LinkedIn poll we conducted 80 percent of managers said that less than 10 percent of employees’ ideas ever get implemented. Sad I often ask managers this question: “Is the key thing a manager can do to engage employees is to listen to their ideas and increase the number that get implemented?” Change Management Leadership Coaching Leadership Development engagement Innovation management

Embracing Conflict: It's Part of Every Leader's Job


Also, drive consensus but encourage individual points of view. It’s a paradox that every leader faces: Create teams that work well together but embrace conflict. Discomfort is emotional. Feelings can be complex and multi-layered.

Why Honesty Is the Best Policy Isn’t a Cliche But a Good Business Practice

CEO Insider

Imagine you have a game-changing idea that goes against the general consensus. CEOWORLD magazine. Why Honesty Is the Best Policy Isn’t a Cliche But a Good Business Practice. Would you be comfortable enough to be honest about it and share it with the group?

Moving Stagnant Organizations

Leadership Freak

Most teams lead by consensus, the lowest common denominator. Image source Every team has a few passionate leaders chomping at the bit to create the future. But, dead weight weighs them down. I believe in leading with teams but struggle with drifters, underperformers, and the fearful who hold organizations back. It’s frustrating when playing it [.].

Dare to Polarize

Chris Brady

In life, we have an admirable tendency to conform, to seek harmony, and to build consensus. This is commendable, as we certainly don't want to intentionally cause conflict and wreak havoc. However, [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

The #1 Killer of Change

Lead Change Blog

That phenomenon, first described by Jerry B Harvey in his article ‘The Abilene Paradox’, highlighted his views on consensus inertia. Ensure your team consensus is real, rather than imagined, by regularly reflecting on the values that underpin your declared purpose.

Where Women Leaders Are Better than Men

Leadership Freak

Building consensus, supporting staff, sharing credit, and leading [.]. I asked the “Freaks” that follow my Facebook page, “What are women leaders better at than men?” Knowing when there is no value in fighting. Understanding when someone just has a crummy day. Understanding the pressures that other women leaders face. Organization and multitasking. Compassion. Empathy. Tenderness.

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dies Today at 87

Leading Blog

I am not a consensus politician. What great cause would have been fought and won under the banner: ‘I stand for consensus?” "If Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the first and the only woman to become British prime minister, died today at the age of 87 from a stroke.

36 Lessons for Business & Life from Trillion Dollar Coach Bill Campbell

Leading Blog

Best Idea, Not Consensus. The goal of consensus leads to “groupthink” and inferior decisions. B ILL CAMPBELL was one of the most influential background players in Silicon Valley.

Executive Coach Helps Individuals Reach a Common Goal

Tony Mayo

In our consultation, he drove us to reach a consensus regarding the best uses of available resources as those funding resources were being lost. In addition to Mr. Mayo’s coaching credentials, he is an excellent facilitator who can help high profile stakeholders meld their individual interests into a common goal. –Don Lockett Senior [.]. Client Comments

Put passion into your pocket when you argue

N2Growth Blog

This new research into persuasion really is confirmation of what all good leaders do when seeking consensus; they first seek to understand what the other is thinking and why they are thinking it. Passion may hurt you more than help you in your next argument.

Radio Shack is Just About Gone – & Other “Powerful” Companies & Organizations & Institutions are in Perpetual Danger

First Friday Book Synopsis

Indeed, it’s striking how little consensus exists about the direction of change in our world and what threats we need to anticipate as a result—let alone how to deal with them. …advocates of each can marshal a set of facts and evidence to make their own plausible and thought-provoking case. Moisés Naím, The End of […]. Randy''s blog entries

Leaders Made Here

Leading Blog

Forge a consensus regarding our organization’s working definition of leadership. T HE NUMBER ONE REASON most companies do not have a leadership culture is their current leadership, writes Mark Miller in Leaders Made Here.

Three Simple Secrets to Running a Remarkable Meeting

Let's Grow Leaders

“I need to make this decision, but I would love your input” or “We’re going to decide by consensus” or “After 30 minutes of discussion, we’re going to take a vote.” “This is so stupid–they asked for my opinion and then ignored it.

End Meeting Madness: Decide How to Decide

The Practical Leader

Consensus – made by the entire team as a group through either “majority rules” or unanimous agreement. The further the team moves toward the consensus end of the continuum, the more buy-in or commitment there is to the decision.

How To Run A Better Workplace Meeting

Eric Jacobson

Summarizing group consensus after each point. Research shows that unfortunately, many workplace meetings are not nearly as productive as they could be. To help ensure the meetings you host are productive, lead them by: Observing nonverbal feedback and encouraging everyone to participate. Reminding the group who is responsible for taking care of each follow-up action. Encouraging team-building, networking and problem-solving among your meeting participants.

How to Avoid Team Decisions That Plop

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Decision by consensus. One of the most effective but also time-consuming methods of team decision-making is to seek consensus. Consensus is where every member of the team can say, “I believe everyone understands my initial point of view.

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10 Essential Facilitation Skills for Meeting Leaders

Great Leadership By Dan

Consensus building skills. Consensus does not mean that everybody must agree with a decision. Reaching consensus takes more time, but will usually produce better ideas and more buy-in. A lot of meeting leaders think they know how to “run” a meeting. They may set an agenda, do most of the talking and make the decisions. While this may feel easy and efficient, it’s often a waste of people’s time and does not tap into the creative potential of the team.

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If You Shouldn’t Leave before You Leave (Sandberg…), Then You Shouldn’t Retire Before You Retire – (Thinking About our Slippage in Innovation)

First Friday Book Synopsis

There seems to be no consensus on why. This past week, I was looking for insight into this question: “Why has the United States slipped down in the innovation rankings for the developed countries in the world?” There is not much doubt about this reality: we have slipped. But I ran across this article that […]. Randy''s blog entries

3 Ways Health Care Leaders Can Encourage Experimentation

Harvard Business Review

Consensus is often the enemy of innovation. Innovation Experimentation Design Technology IT Digital Article