The Essential Ingredients

Critical to the success of consensus is a foundation of essential ingredients.  These include organizational principals that create efficiency, interpersonal skills that support collaborative relationships, and intrapersonal skills that grant individuals a mindset open to possibility.  A strong foundation is one built on all of these levels.

Realize that when consensus fails, it is more often from a weak foundation than an error in process.  Know that while organizational structures can be changed relatively quickly, building the inter/intra personal skills needed requires more patience.

Additional useful mindsets while in consensus process

  • Creativity / innovation
  • Progress is possible
  • Believing and Doubting Game
  • Asking for 100%
  • 10 / 10 / 10.  Consider the consequences and outcomes of your various options in 10 minutes, 10 months, and 10 years.
  • We is primary, and I is not relevant
  • Break it up (create sets of smaller, more manageable decisions)
  • No free lunch – rarely is a solution possible without a weighting or prioritization of needs
  • Meditation
  • Stories of challenging and complex consensus decisions in the past (“Chicken Soup for the Soul”) that resolved