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. Even if the vote doesn’t go your way, you still had the privilege of having a voice. Voting may be an effective way to elect someone into office. After all, you will rarely, if ever, [.].

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.


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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.

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.

Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department.

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. The post Situational Team Decision-Making: Collaboration Does Not Require Consensus appeared first on Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership. There are six ways teams can make decisions.

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. Decisioning by consensus usually results in no decision being made, or an intellectually dishonest, watered-down decision that is so full of compromises, hedges and caveats that a non-decision might have been preferable. Consensus isn’t the goal. That's consensus."

Leadership and Dialog

Lead Change Blog

Dialog leads to consensus. A consensus is different than a compromise. In a consensus, all parties’ concerns have been addressed to the degree that they no longer stand in the way. and listening carefully to the other and to your own feelings, you will know when you’re close to a consensus. Professional Development monolog Communication consensus dialog effective communication

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. After the President shared a few of her ideas regarding equipment or new hires, the VP of Operations suggested they take a vote. The Human Resource Director objected and offered another thought on how the [.] Author information David M.

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? alignment consensus engagement leadership teams purpose S. Guest post from regular contributor S.

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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.

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. Today I am going to recommend a movie and give you a few thoughts about how to watch it for more […].

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 […].

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. 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

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

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 […].

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.

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 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.

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

What Do Employees Want When They Return to the Office?

CEO Insider

It’s easy to assume we know what they want due to a dangerous judgment error termed the false consensus effect. The false consensus effect is one of over 100 […]. This problematic mental blindspot causes us to perceive others who we feel to be in our team as sharing our beliefs.

These Strategies Will Help You Influence How Decisions Get Made

Harvard Business

Negotiators who understand the most common decision rules — majority rule, chair-decides, and consensus — are more likely to get their way.

What the Research Shows on What Employees Want When They Return to the Office

Lead Change Blog

Unfortunately, it’s too easy to make false assumptions about the desires of others due to a dangerous judgment error termed the false consensus effect. The false consensus effect is one of over 100 misleading mental patterns that researchers in behavioral economics and cognitive neuroscience call cognitive biases. To address the false consensus effect, we need to turn to objective data that doesn’t rely on our gut feelings and assumptions.

3 Simple Strategies for Spectacular Leadership

Lead Change Blog

We need the right balance between authority vs. autonomy, consensus vs. direct decision-making, and friendly vs. firm. Whether you’re new to management or a veteran leader, this webinar will give you the tools you need to lead spectacularly.

A Manager’s Guide to Better Decision Making

Let's Grow Leaders

A team makes the decision through consensus. Consensus is often misunderstood. Consensus means that the group continues discussion until everyone can live with a decision. Consensus can take more time and often increases everyone’s.

3 Ways Health Care Leaders Can Encourage Experimentation

Harvard Business

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

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.

Choosing a Decision-Making Style


There’s an autocratic style, a participatory one, a democratic style, and a consensus-based decision-making style. Learn the four decision-making styles and the factors that influence which style will be best for your situation.

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

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

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

How To Manage The Inevitable Conflict

Clinton M. Padgett

When the inevitable disagreement arises, you should aim for reaching group consensus instead. Consensus means that a group reaches a point where the person in the strongest opposition can sincerely say something like, “Well, that would not be my choice, but I can live with it.”

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 […].

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. But stifling expression can inhibit a team’s performance and lead to poor decision making. Communication Skills

Creating and Leading High Performing Teams

Lead Change Blog

In other cases, group consensus or majority rule is used to make the decision. Strive to reach consensus. A team is a small number of people who are committed to working together to achieve the desired goal. Working together includes talking, sharing ideas, debating issues, collaborating, making decisions, establishing goals, providing feedback, and celebrating success. Teams, like personal relationships, go through stages. Teams don’t become great performers overnight.

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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 [.].

How Taiwan is Using Technology to Foster Democracy (with Digital Minister Audrey Tang)

Harvard Business

Audrey Tang, Taiwan’s first digital minister, explains how Taiwan leverages the internet as a space for civic participation, dialogue, and consensus building.

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.

India’s Gig Economy : the Future of Work for Women ?

CEO Insider

In his Independence day speech, PM Modi put emphasis on women’s economic empowerment and a few days later Vice-president Naidu called for a national movement for women’s empowerment, and urged political parties to reach early consensus to […].

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! ]]. LLR Daily Application

8 Meticulous Hiring Tactics to Land the Best People

Leading Blog

Look for unanimous consensus from all the people who participated in the interviews. Y OUR organization’s success comes down to who you hire. Just as great coaches don’t win many games without great players, great managers aren’t successful without the right people on their team.

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

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