- The following information was provided in a flow chart:
Step 1: Introduce and clarify the issue(s) to be decided
Step 2: Explore the issue and look for ideas.
Share relevant info. What are the key questions?
1. Gather initial thoughts and reactions. What are the issues and people's concerns?
2. Collect ideas for solving the problem - write them down.
3. Have a broad ranging discussion and debate the ideas. What are the pros and cons?
Start thinking about solutions to people's concerns. Eliminate some ideas, shortlist others.
- Step 3: Look for emerging proposals
Look for a proposal that weaves together the best elements of the ideas discussed. Look for solutions that address people's key concerns.
- Step 4: Discuss, clarify and amend your proposal
Ensure that any remaining concerns are heard and that everyone has a chance to contribute.
Look for amendments that make the proposal even more acceptable to the group.
- Step 5: Test for agreement
Do you have agreement? Check for the following:
Blocks: I have a fundamental disagreement with the core of the proposal that has not been resolved. We need to look for a new proposal. (If there are any blocks go back to Step 3)
Stand asides: I can't support this proposal because ... But I don't want to stop the group, so I'll let the decision happen without me.
Reservations: I have some reservations but am willing to let the proposal pass.
- Agreement: I support the proposal and am willing to implement it.
- Consensus: No blocks, not too many stand
asides or reservations? Active agreement?
Then we have a decision!
- Step 6: Implement the decision
Who, when, how? Action point the tasks and set deadlines.