Lead Your Group to Consensus
Proven steps from conflict to agreement
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This course is for you if:
- You are in a group that makes decisions by consensus and want to do better
- You are starting a consensus-based group and want to avoid mistakes
- You are exploring consensus as a way of governance for your group
- You have been frustrated with consensus and want to learn how to do it right
- You want to teach consensus decision making to others
- You seek formal steps and structure for efficient and effective consensus process
- You want to show credibility with a Certificate of Completion
What you will learn
- How consensus is unique and has extraordinary benefits when you get it right
- Key characteristics (including attitudes of participants) required for success
- Specific formal steps for how to discuss, develop, and achieve consensus
- How to handle concerns, conflicts, and formal blocks
- How to facilitate consensus decision making; the four essential functions
- How to structure meetings designed to achieve consensus
- Where to go to for more information about consensus
What you will get
This course has 8 videos, a handout of 10 Key Characteristics of Consensus Decision Making, and a handout of Consensus Decision Making Steps. It also has extensive links to additional resources to help you make decisions by consensus.
PLUS, get Together We Decide
With the purchase of this course, you will also get Together We Decide, An Essential Guide for Making Good Group Decisions for 33% off. Get the Hardcover edition with free shipping, or the Kindle or Nook edition. Your choice.
And, get certified
Get officially certified in Lead Your Group to Consensus and receive a Certificate of Completion which documents your investment and demonstrates your credibility to others.
Introduction and Definition
Craig’s credibility and experience with consensus
Why consensus gets a bad rap
The benefits of consensus when done right
A formal definition of “Consensus”
When to Use Consensus
All the ways groups can make decisions
When consensus is most appropriate, and when it’s not
Why consensus decisions are likely to endure
Key Characteristics of Consensus
Ten characteristics, each one explained
How consensus is unique and special
When consensus is not likely to work for your group
Steps to Make Consensus Decisions
Six specific steps, explained in detail with a companion handout
When a block is appropriate, and when it isn’t
Three ways to handle a block
What distinguishes a consensus meeting from other meetings
The value of multiple meetings, and what should happen in each one
How to structure your meetings to achieve consensus
Unique attributes and skills for facilitating consensus decisions
How to serve the group as a whole in four essential ways
The importance of neutrality and how to demonstrate it
Closing and Resources
Encouragement for achieving the high standard of consensus
How each group needs to determine its own version of consensus process
Many links to additional resources for more learning and tools
At the end of each chapter are Questions to Ponder to help reinforce your learning. And at the end of the course are Scenarios for you to work through and consider. Craig asks What would you do? And then he tells you what he would do. Learners tell us that the course takes a total of 3-4 hours to complete.
About Our Pricing
We want everyone to benefit from our eLearning courses so we let you pay as little as $5 for one of our high quality, high value courses. Market Value (see Pay What You Want drop down menu) is recommended for employees of for-profit companies. Please pay what feels right for you. Thank you for your support.
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