I often witness confusion about the concept of consensus when I work with teams,. Members mistakenly pursue consensus, believing reaching consensus will get them to a course of action everyone can support.

But sometimes when a group is pursuing a vision, trying to achieve consensus dilutes the passion AND diverts the energy and focus from the original idea, leaving something NO one supports.

To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

Inhale Passion, Exhale Consensus…
Inhale Principles, Exhale Consensus…
Inhale Decisiveness, Exhale Consensus…
Just Breathe


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