Resist the temptation to intervene directly with a proposal. Instead, you make some mental space to hear what others think. A big question for large groups is who should define goals and visions. In many cases, a small founding group decides in advance what the group`s overall objectives will be and then invites people to participate on that basis. Alternatively, a large group of people can work together to develop a common vision. It takes a lot of time and the larger the group, the more difficult it will be. Achieving good consensus decisions can take longer than votes, especially when a group is new. It may take some time for all objections to be resolved and for some decisions to take more than one meeting to decide. The advantage of consensus is that decisions are generally higher.

Consensus is accelerating with practice, especially in a long-term group. It might be tempting to make direct suggestions to solve the problem, and it may be helpful to hear people`s ideas immediately. However, it is also important to make room for everyone to share their feelings and opinions before they start solving the problem. Getting a good understanding of everyone`s origin and what`s important to them will help you find solutions that everyone can subscribe to. To increase participation in a plenary session, you may prefer people who have not yet spoken and ask more confident people to hold back. You can also chat in minutes to help people manage what has been said and facilitate the contribution of people who want to gather their thoughts before speaking in front of a group. This could be a behavior that you find difficult to find, or an opinion with which you disagree. When we feel strong, it is customary to make big general statements about other people, for example.B.

“You are completely irresponsible.” Most people think it`s easier to accept and understand a more objective statement, for example.B. “They don`t seem interested in discussing things that might go wrong.” Test consent by clearly presenting the final proposal and asking people to report whether they agree or disagree. This phase is important to see if there are any concerns that have not been heard. If you do not have a consensus, go back to an appropriate earlier stage of the process. There is broad consensus among bond investors that the Fed can and will do so if interest rates on longer-term government bonds start to rise, as they have sometimes threatened. After consideration, we continue freely to reach agreement on what needs to be done. The degree of agreement you need to have a “consensus” depends on the situation. If a few people are on the sidelines or are reluctant, the group may still continue or decide to work on a new proposal.