Consensus: the other silent but deadly team killer.

POSTED BY Jennifer Johnston on Apr 27, 2012

Last week I came across this article from Forbes that made me want to email blast everyone I've ever worked with. The article is about consensus. That thing that happens when a group gets together to accomplish a common goal without assigning a strong leader and clear team roles. You know what I mean. You've been there as slowly (glacially) decisions were brought to the table so that everyone could weigh in and vote. Compromise upon compromise began to whittle away at the core idea. The energy and motivation team members felt at the beginning of the assignment started to ebb and, in the end, you were left with something everyone could live with...but no one particularly liked.

So while the idea of giving so much decision-making power to one or a few people might feel uncomfortable, let's all put on our big kid britches and do it anyway. Consensus thinking is silent but deadly…and the results usually stink.

WRITTEN BY Jennifer Johnston

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Apr 27, 2012 at 12:48pm

Absolute truth. "Consensus thinking is devastating to all things productive."