Top 5 ways to build consensus

Top 5 ways to build consensus

Building consensus is important, but sometimes, it may also feel impossible. You have to keep in mind that rough consensus is not the same as agreement. How do you get a team of differing opinions to build a rough consensus about how to proceed, even when they don’t all agree? Here are five ways to build consensus.

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  1. Making choices: Make sure everybody understands you can choose an option that is not the best choice but would still work. Making choices should not be a winner-take-all vote, but an evaluation of trade-offs.
  2. Quick contributions may not be worth it: “Putting in your two cents” is often just making you feel like you’re contributing without actually doing so. If you’re not willing to spend time explaining why your input highlights something serious, it might not be worthwhile.
  3. Take fundamental flaws seriously: Don’t just call something flawed because it’s not your best choice—the team should have an agreed definition of what actually constitutes a fundamental flaw. And when an option is unacceptable, eliminate it.
  4. Ask if anyone can’t accept an option: If you ask if everyone is okay with an option, you’ll find that someone is certainly not. But people are less likely to argue that they can’t live with an option—unless they have a really solid reason.

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