The Value of Consensus
Consensus may seem like an unrealistic concept to big and small groups alike. How possible is it that everyone
will agree on the same idea? Those who alienate this key notion, however, probably have the wrong image of what consensus looks like, and maybe you do to. Do you imagine a quick meeting in the boardroom, that ends with every attendee smiling and nodding? What about a unanimous yes
vote to the first idea purposed? Not only are these scenes highly unlikely, they also are a sure way for an initiative to fall flat. ‘Being in agreement’
is to share the same view, while ‘achieving consensus’
is to create a solution that considers different views. Game-changing companies go for the latter. While consensus is challenging, it is not impossible
. Your organization should approach reaching consensus like any other challenge: aiming for a unique solution that ecompasses multifaceted concerns. Here are three key benefits to achieving consensus with your team.
- Dialogue. We hear it time and time again, but communication really is key when it comes to creating the most effective team for your organization. With the goal of achieving consensus, rather than total agreements, team members should voice their concerns and ideas, which leaders will then facilitate in an ultimate solution. This trans-bureaucratic communication gives team members the opportunity to contribute their expertise and leaders the knowledge they need to make the best decisions.
- Teambuilding. Culture is an underestimated component to a successful organization. A positive culture relies on a supportive environment and good relationships with colleagues, and consensus supports both. When team members know that their participation is valued in the organization’s dialogue, they feel supported. And when they contribute to the conversation, they build positive relationships with their counterparts.
- Shared ambition. Consensus fuels your mission and excites your team. When everyone is involved in the decision-making process, they are privy to their organization’s issues and objectives. They learn more about the other teams in the organization and appreciate the innovative process. Even if you can’t get a 100% OK on the plan of execution (and you probably won’t), everyone should have enthusiasm for a shared goal.
Now that you understand the value of achieving consensus, you may still believe it is a far-out goal for your organization. Perhaps you are a part of a big company and can’t imagine a way to open a cross-departmental dialogue between hundreds of employees. Or perhaps you’re a small company with an international team that can’t meet in a boardroom to discuss. Even hospitals and charities face obstacles, with employees working too many different shifts to conjoin in a meeting. Enter POPin, a platform that organizes team feedback and ideas for leaders. It’s completely online and mobile, making it convenient for team members to use in their free moments, and leaders to see in real-time. With POPin, your organization can realize the benefits of consensus without the inconveniences of scheduling a big meeting or a never-ending email chain. Try POPin and see how your team can communicate, innovate, and inspire.