Archive for April 28, 2016

Roles and Consensus

Consensus is a challenge due to a variety of reasons. Those challenges create the belief that consensus is not possible. One common challenge can be attributed to folks becoming sidetracked by the roles that they play within their organization.

Examples of this include:
• The CFO does not want to adhere to what the CIO is recommending as it may be perceived that the CIO has not taken a strong stand for the financial implications of a decision.
• The End Users cannot obtain agreement with the IT Staff on systems requirements because “we just do not talk the same language.”
• The Operations Manager and the Marketing Manager will not consider each other’s recommendations on next steps, because each is caught up in what they believe is best for his/her own department.
The list can be endless when the roles we play within our organizations compromise our ability to gain consensus.

A solution? Using Aldridge Kerr’s preferred facilitation methodology, those roles are placed on a back burner and all those who need to provide input to come to consensus have equal footing. This allows for constructive problem-solving dialogue that reaps the benefit of consensus.

Is your organization struggling with obtaining consensus? Contact Charlene Aldridge at 972.447.9787 or CharleneAldridge@aldridgekerr.com to discuss how we can assist you in overcoming the common obstacles that interfere with obtaining consensus.

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Focus and Consensus

Consensus can be a challenge when those trying to achieve it are also immersed in a thousand other priorities. Balancing those priorities while also attempting to gain consensus is almost impossible. However, if those wanting to achieve consensus can turn their focus to overcoming the obstacles, consensus can be realized.

Aldridge Kerr’s preferred facilitation methodology creates a controlled environment so that obtaining consensus is the only focus. Additionally, this can be realized in a short period of time (typically 4 hours or less). Through this controlled, focused approach, consensus can more easily be achieved.

Are there too many distractions getting in the way to focusing on obtaining consensus on an issue? Contact Charlene Aldridge at 972.447.9787 or CharleneAldridge@aldridgekerr.com to discuss using our facilitation approach to obtain consensus..

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Swirling and Consensus

In our most recent newsletter, we discussed the myth that consensus in almost impossible. One reason consensus is hard to obtain is due to a common issue that we, at Aldridge Kerr, refer to as “swirling.”

Swirling occurs when a discussion of a specific topic continues beyond being valuable and constructive. The same arguments are rehashed, the same key points are remade, and the same opinions get restated. Swirling is a common inhibitor to gaining consensus.

Utilizing a Facilitator to mitigate swirling is an effective method to assist in navigating past the swirling in order to gain consensus. Aldridge Kerr’s preferred facilitation methodology creates an environment conducive to consensus instead of the dreaded swirling loop.

Has swirling impacted your ability to gain consensus? Contact Charlene Aldridge at 972.447.9787 or CharleneAldridge@aldridgekerr.com to discuss how we can assist you.

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