ERIC Number: ED370704
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
More Than 50 Ways To Build Team Consensus.
Williams, R. Bruce
In today's workplace, organizations are moving from top-down, hierarchical decision making to team decisions based on consensus. This guide offers advice on setting the stage for team consensus to grow and on establishing an environment that fosters consensus. Topics of the four sections, the components of full consensus, are: (1) "Purposeful Vision," helpful for reinstating a team's awareness of the big picture and reviving some of the earlier energy manifested when the team was organized; (2) "Participative Processes," with strategies to channel and focus some of a team's energies if it has become argumentative or if one or two people tend to dominate; (3) "Individual Commitment," for helping team members accept responsibility; and (4) "Collaborative Teams," on teaching strong, competent individuals to work together. The section introductions include a review of the theory and research base behind some of the concepts used and give opinions of other experts and practitioners on consensus. The quotes at the beginning of each activity reinforce themes from the whole section. Each section includes a list of things the team needs to know and three levels of learning activities--"Simple Things To Do,""Things That Take Effort," and "For the Committed." Contains 38 references. (TJQ)
Descriptors: Brainstorming, Cooperation, Cooperative Planning, Group Dynamics, Meetings, Organizational Development, Organizations (Groups), Participative Decision Making, Team Training, Teamwork
IRI/Skylight Publishing, Inc., 200 East Wood Street, Suite 274, Palatine, IL 60067 ($15.95, plus $5 shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Books
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers; Community
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Identifiers: Consensus; Group Attitudes; Group Cohesion; Management Styles
Note: For a related document, see PS 022 399.