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Chapter Six: Effective Decision Making > The Importance of Building Consensus

The Importance of Building Consensus

The crucial importance of building consensus simply cannot be overstated and must be fully understood by all facilitators. In fact, facilitation and consensus building are based on the same set of core values and beliefs.

Besides being the number 1 choice for making all important decisions, facilitators always seek to build consensus with everything they do. The following are all examples of consensus activities:

  • summarizing a complex set of ideas to the satisfaction of group members
  • gaining buy-in from all members as to the purpose or goal of a session
  • obtaining everyone’s input about a clear goal and objectives
  • linking thoughts together so people can formulate a common idea
  • making notes on a flip chart in such a way that each member feels he or she has been heard and is satisfied with what’s been recorded

  

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