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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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

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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

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.

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Clearing The Leader Fog: Fighting Ambiguity!

Linked 2 Leadership

Conflict Management Leading Change Professional Development Team Building Leadership ambiguity consensus context analysis leadership polarity project strategic initiative Strategic management Strategy implementationWhen a person “fights with” ambiguity, does that means that they are on the same side, the opposing side, or that ambiguity is a tool for fighting? But of course… all of these meanings are possible… Both or Neither am·bi·gu·i·ty noun ?am-b?-?gyü-?-t? am-b?-?gyü-?-t?

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?

Global What?


At The Economist , a cooling consensus on global warming. Remember when anyone who expressed the slightest doubt was savaged

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

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! ]].

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

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.

4 Ways To Run A Better 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.

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 […].

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

Making Work More Effective


Meetings, unending email threads, too much focus on consensus building, siloed thinking and lack of experimentation are some of the biggest wastes in an organization.

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

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 [.].

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There is general consensus among members of the scientific community that the universe in which we live burst into existence following a cataclysmic explosion, or 'Big Bang', 13.7 billion years ago. The swirling masses of matter and energy that resulted from this Big Bang were pulled together by electrostatic forces over the coming billions of years to form galaxies, stars and planets, including the planet on which we live. From A Short History of the World by Christopher Lascelles

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.

Approaches to Leadership

Business Learning Coach

While the literature is profuse, there is consensus in broad stroke. By Jim Grinnell, Ph.D. Over the years there have been many different models of leadership style presented in the leadership literature.

HR Leaders: How Decisions Actually Affect Talent Retention in a Real Way

Linked 2 Leadership

However, is this consensus a fair one? It isn’t uncommon for the human resources department to be viewed as one having little impact on a company’s profitability, finances, or sales. After giving it some thought, which department in the business is responsible for the talent driving the finance and sales sectors? Developing Your Business Infrastructure […].

On Leadership and The Politics of Onions

Linked 2 Leadership

Indian politicians have been battling one another as to how to reverse the country’s declining economy, but no consensus […]. There’s an interesting dynamic taking place in India right now. It’s a lesson about creating political change, but it also offers a great insight into how to be more effective as a leader and/or a marketer.

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Leadership: The 8 Qualities Test

Linked 2 Leadership

Regardless of source, it seems there’s a consensus that makes most everyone’s cut. No matter what you read on the subject of leadership, the question of what qualities a leader should have usually comes up. So, here are eight key qualities – in alphabetical order – that good leaders should possess (or develop), and utilize: [.]. Leadership Lessons Learned Organizational Health Practical Steps to Influence Professional Development business leadership Management

The Cost of Unclear Expectations

Nathan Magnuson

Consensus on the Intention Must Be Reached. I’m told that one quote preachers try to live by is, “If it’s foggy in the pulpit, it’s cloudy in the pew.” ” In other words, as the leader and communicator, if you’re unclear about any part of your message, it’s a sure bet everyone else is as well. You don’t have to be a preacher to risk setting unclear expectations.

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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.

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.

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

"Studies Show"


They reached consensus? Let's see if a consensus really exists or if the dissenters have been exiled or smothered. Forgive me if I don't genuflect at the words "Studies show." I've seen what is behind many studies and the picture is not pretty.