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And 4 using empathy in the closure stage to address any unresolved feelings from the process.
Overlaps with deliberative methods[ edit ] Consensus decision-making models overlap significantly with deliberative methodswhich are processes for structuring discussion that may or may not be a lead-in to a decision. Roles[ edit ] The consensus decision-making process often has several roles designed to make the process run more effectively.
Although the name and nature of these roles varies from group to group, the most common are the facilitatorconsensora timekeeper, an empath and a secretary or notes taker. Some decision-making bodies rotate these roles through the group members in order to build the experience and skills of the participants, and prevent any perceived concentration of power.
As the name implies, the role of the facilitator is to help make the process of reaching a consensus decision easier.
Facilitators accept responsibility for moving through the agenda on time; ensuring the group adheres to the mutually agreed-upon mechanics of the consensus process; and, if necessary, suggesting alternate or additional discussion or decision-making techniques, such as go-arounds, break-out groups or role-playing.
Shared facilitation is often adopted to diffuse the perceived power of the facilitator and create a system whereby a co-facilitator can pass off facilitation duties if he or she becomes more personally engaged in a debate. The team of consensors is responsible for accepting those relevant proposals which conform with the UN Charter on Human Rights; for displaying an initial list of these options; for drawing up a balanced list of options to represent the entire debate; to analyse the preferences cast in any subsequent MBC ballot; and, if need be, to determine the composite decision from the two most popular options.
The purpose of the timekeeper is to ensure the decision-making body keeps to the schedule set in the agenda. Effective timekeepers use a variety of techniques to ensure the meeting runs on time including: Defusing potential emotional conflicts, maintaining a climate free of intimidation and being aware of potentially destructive power dynamics, such as sexism or racism within the decision-making body, are the primary responsibilities of the empath.
The role of the notes taker or secretary is to document the decisions, discussion and action points of the decision-making body. Tools and methods[ edit ] This section may contain too much repetition or redundant language.
Please help improve it by merging similar text or removing repeated statements. November Non-verbal techniques[ edit ] Non-verbal means of expression can also reduce contention or keep issues from spreading out in time across an entire meeting.
Various methods of agenda control exist, mostly relying on an explicit chairperson with the power to interrupt off-topic or rambling discourse. This gets more difficult if there is no such chair and accordingly the attitude of the entire group must be assessed by each speaker.
Verbal interruptions inevitably become common, possibly in the form of grumbling, muttering, and eventually sharp words, if there is no effective means of cutting off persons making false factual statements or rambling off a topic. Intent to register a reactive comment is signaled by a different hand signal than is intent to register a unique comment.
We used an index finger for the former and a full hand for the latter. The Occupy movement has used these methods. Most often, each member is given a set of three colored cards: Cards can be used during the discussion phase as well as during a call for consensus.
The cards have different meanings, depending on the phase in which they are used. During discussion, a red card is used to indicate a point of process or a breach of the agreed upon procedures.
Identifying offtopic discussions, speakers going over allowed time limits or other breaks in the process are uses for the red card. When a member, or members, use a red card, it becomes their responsibility to work with the proposing committee to come up with a solution that works for everyone.
Yellow is used during a call for consensus to register a stand aside to the proposal or to formally state any reservations. A group member can use a green card during discussion to add to the speakers list.
During a call for consensus, the green card indicates consent. Some decision-making bodies use a modified version of the colored card system with additional colors, such as orange to indicate a non-blocking reservation stronger than a stand-aside.
They have been found useful in facilitating groups of 6 to people. They are particularly useful when the group is multi-lingual.
Nonetheless, there is a widely adopted core set of hand signals. In this method each member of the group can hold up a fist to indicate blocking consensus, one finger to suggest changes, two fingers to discuss minor issues, three fingers to indicate willingness to let issue pass without further discussion, four fingers to affirm the decision as a good idea, and five fingers to volunteer to take a lead in implementing the decision.
A slightly more detailed variation on the thumbs proposal can be used to indicate a 5-point range: Other useful hand signs include: Clarifying Question — using your hand to form a "C" shape to indicate that you have a clarifying question, often this hand sign means that a person is invited to ask their question before a vote is taken.
Point of Information — pointing your index finger upwards to indicate that you have some important factual information that relates to the discussion or decision at hand.Even where there is a consensus among a group of editors, their preferred outcome is not always acceptable on Wikipedia.
In specific cases, other decisions have precedence. For example, consensus cannot override decisions by Jimbo Wales, . A day after House Republicans began whipping votes on the budget resolution — a key step to unlocking the tax reform process — there is still no consensus on the bill.
In consensus voting, if the outcome of any ballot fails to pass the predetermined threshold consensus coefficient - in other words, if there is no consensus - no decision is taken, and the debate is resumed in a search for more options.
Jul 02, · Other groups, however, allow decisions to be finalized without unanimous consent. Often a super-majority is deemed sufficient. Some groups use a simple majority vote or the judgment of a leader.
They can still use a consensus process to come up with their proposals, regardless of how they finalize a decision%(). There are no "rules of order" that govern Board relations for the most part, up until the moment a vote is cast, and every Board is unique. How do boards of directors arrive at unanimous decisions?
Update Cancel. Answer Wiki. 1 Answer. no surprises at the meeting. No drama. For more ordinary (but still important) matters, the committee. Sep 06, · Despite all that is up in the air, there's still a unanimous consensus among our analysts that Houston will put up a fight against the defending AFC champions.