- Goals and outcome are not made explicit for the discussion topic.
- Certain participants get side tracked on peripheral issues.
- Consequences of not deciding are negligible.
- Philosophical issues divide people.
There are a number of things you can do as a leader to help a group reach concensus and make decisions more efficiently. These include:
- Create expectations with actionable agenda items that clearly convey what is expected.
- When participants seem totally blocked and unable to break through an impass, go back to the initial question or purpose of the activity and restate it.
- Ask which alternatives are supported by data.
- Ask if “outside the box” alternatives have been fully considered.
Posted by Myrna Meadows, NRS, International Falls