Life is made up of decisions. We come into daily contact with them and are confronted with their consequences.
Achieving a consensus opinion among all members can be seen as a further barrier to decision-making. However, it is necessary to assess whether a given measure should seek consensus or the consent of those involved. Consensus implies that all members agree with an opinion brought to discussion. Consent, on the other hand, relates to the acceptance of an opinion, even if it does not correspond to the ideas of an individual.
Bringing both approaches together, a new method emerges to speed up decision making and ensure that this process is as complete as possible. Here are the steps necessary to promote the achievement of the team's objectives:
When a problem is identified, it needs to be presented to all elements in a clear and concise manner. A facilitator tries to support the speaker, avoiding any discussion at this first stage.
After the presentation, there is a time for questions and answers. The main objective is to clarify the doubts of the team members regarding the presented proposal, in order to ensure that everyone has understood it correctly. Once again, the facilitator or moderator supports this process, avoiding the dispersion of the speakers and the debate before the appointed time.
Each element has the right to share their opinion regarding the proposal in question, and the others should only listen and suggest improvements to the solutions mentioned.
Depending on the considerations of those involved, the speaker may make changes to the initial proposal, if he/she deems it necessary. If he/she has effectively changed the arguments, the revised proposal is presented for further discussion.
The moderator asks if there are any objections to the ideas mentioned and makes sure that the impediments are due to objective reasons and not to personal considerations. After recording all the points raised, the aim is for the members, despite not fully agreeing with the ideas presented, to accept the decisions that the leader may take.
The speaker rephrases the proposal in an attempt to address all objections considered and the process is repeated until a set of measures is free of impediments or the speaker "blocks" the chain of action to proceed with the preparation of a new presentation.