Greater Orlando Organization Development Network


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Facilitating a Consensus -- and when it isn't enough to make great decisions

  • Thursday, March 15, 2018 2:19 PM
    Message # 5980649
    Carol Emmett (Administrator)

    If you are facilitating decision-making teams and use consensus as your decision strategy or "rule", you know how the group can say "yes" to a proposal, but the consensus doesn't hold.  Or you have one "stubborn hold-out" when you need unanimous agreement.  Have your heard of a tool for reaching closure called The Gradients of Agreement Scale?  It works well with decision-making teams and if you are interested in hearing more, I can post additional information about how I use it.  

  • Friday, March 16, 2018 12:39 PM
    Reply # 5982334 on 5980649
    Love to see more.  I use "fist of five" -- attached poster. It is easy and I can use it to take a visual "pulse" of the discussion/room. I have attached a ppt that I enlarge for a poster-- and the 2nd page has some notes/instructions. 
  • Saturday, March 17, 2018 1:55 PM
    Reply # 5983999 on 5980649
    Carol Emmett (Administrator)

    Gradients of Agreement is a deeper dive but similar to the " fist of 5" posted by Kirsten.  With more complex issues, we agree to decision strategies and build the gradients of agreements into ground rules.   Sam Kanen's book is a good resource tool for all facilitators (link below).

    I heard a presentation by Sam Kanen, Community at Work, at the ODNetwork Conference back in 1998 in New Orleans (I was part of the host city committee).  I am cleaning out files and found the session handouts again.    I've scanned some pages attached and these are some good overview links:

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