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Teams In Trouble: Strategies for Consensus - How To Avoid False Agreements

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Everyone is in the room.  It’s time to make a decision and run with it.  You want buy-in from everyone.  You want consensus.

But how do you know you’re truly building consensus?

Thumbs_up_down TRUE STORY:
A team recently met to decide on their top three departmental objectives for 2006. The decision would affect everyone in the department.

After 20 minutes of discussion, the team leader summed up what he thought were the top three objectives on the table. He then asked the group if there was a consensus in adopting his stated objectives. Some people nodded, others remained silent but did not raise any concerns. Based on what the leader observed, he felt a consensus had been reached. 

However, a week later he heard through the grapevine that a couple of his team members had serious reservations about the objectives and where the department will be focusing its future resources.  One member even said “There’s no way I’m going to support this!

The team leader was heard saying “Why the hell didn’t someone speak up when I asked if we had a consensus?”

You are the facilitator and you’ve been called in to help the team.  What do you do?

On Wednesday August 2, 2006 at 11 am EST you can learn how my colleague Michael Goldman of uses a proven tool to help a team reach consensus.  He will answer these questions:

  • What makes consensus building difficult to attain? 
  • Why is consensus the preferred decision-making option on teams?
  • What are the 3 key components of a consensus building process?

I’ll share one of my favorite teambuilding activities that helps teams EXPERIENCE what it takes to reach consensus in a conscious way.  Come to this TeleSeminar with your computer connected to the internet and you can watch me lead this experiential learning exercise LIVE (in real time) with a couple of volunteers from the TeleSeminar audience!

The live team building activity I’m leading requires everyone to have access to the internet while they are on the call.  If you come to the call without internet access you’ll just have to use your imagination during the 5 minutes I lead the activity.

Once you learn the activity, you’ll be able to lead it with a group over the phone (like I’m going to do) or you can lead it live at your next workshop.

NOTE:  Your registration fee includes a license to use BOTH the facilitation process and the teambuilding game with the groups you directly serve.

At the end of the call we will provide all listeners with detailed written instructions on how to lead the team building game AND detailed written instructions on how to lead the facilitation process.   \

This is an exciting collaboration between Michael and myself as we bring you the best of both worlds:  teambuilding games and facilitation skills.

Here are the details:

Title of This Special TeleSeminar:

Teams In Trouble: Strategies for Consensus - - How To Avoid False Agreements

Time of the Call:

Wednesday August 2 at 11 am Eastern (New York) time
call runs for 75 minutes

Register Here:

CLICK HERE to register.  Registration is closed.

Cost to you: $37 

What You Get:

  1. 75 minute LIVE teleclass with experienced TeleSeminar leaders Michael Goldman and Tom Heck
  2. Clear and detailed notes on how to lead the teambuilding game - - your registration fee includes a license to use this teambuilding game with the groups you directly serve.
  3. Clear and detailed notes on how to lead the facilitation process - - your registration fee includes a license to use this facilitation process with the groups you directly serve.
  4. A recording of the TeleSeminar in mp3 format.
  5. 50% discount on Teams In Trouble Vol. 1 multimedia training CD
  6. Time with Michael and Tom during the Q&A session.  This is your time to ask questions about how to apply the lesson with your team.

About The Presenters

Michaelgoldman_3 Michael Goldman is the senior consultant and President of Facilitation First. With over twelve years in the field, Michael facilitates and designs interventions to meet the changing needs of his clients' business strategies. Michael enjoys long standing relationships with a diverse clientele ranging from financial institutions to First Nations. Among his areas of expertise, Michael has a passion for team interventions, guiding strategic planning sessions, and building internal capacity.

Tomheck100 Tom Heck is the President & Founder of the International Association of Teamwork Facilitators. Tom is a veteran of the team and leadership development field and has trained leaders and Teamwork Facilitators from North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, Central & South America, and Australasia.  The tools he’s developed (books, multimedia training CDs, teambuilding activities, audio programs, etc.) are used by facilitators, trainers and coaches to transform teams around the world.  Through the IATF, Tom leads a team of subject matter experts (Visiting Faculty Members) who provide cutting edge strategies, tactics and tools for Teamwork Facilitators around the world.


Liz Tennent Rose

Thanks Tom and Michael for a really helpful, interactive session on Building Consensus (8.2.06). I was quite impressed with the diverse, global online attendees. The session was extremely affordable and well organized. It was convenient, efficient and very comfortable -- a great combination of voice communications with online resources. I especially appreciated the tools provided that I can implement immediately with our non-profit agency of staff, youth, adult volunteers, families, etc. This session fits non-profits, small businesses, corporations, churches, governments, etc, etc ... great Q & A at the end too. Thanks to the group and to Tom and Michael for making the 90-minute session so worthwhile. Look forward to future sessions,
Salisbury, NC (USA)

Pat Beaugard

As a coach and trainer, I work with managers who need to be able to get their teams and workgroups on the same page. In this interactive teleseminar, Michael Goldman and Tom Heck provided a clear, easily understood model for reaching consensus in any group and an experiential activity that helps people "get it." The top-notch content and thorough notes were definitely valuable. If you want to improve your skills at consensus building, this class is your answer. I look forward to future teleseminars on related topics. Keep up the great work!
Patricia Beaugard, M.S., Executive Coach & Trainer
Improving workplace communication

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