Western Kentucky University

CWD: Courses: Team and Employee Development

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Team Consensus Building

Session Format:

One 2-Hour Session


Consensus is an effective decision–making process that produces high quality decisions, a high degree of member satisfaction, and group synergy. Groups using consensus take advantage of all resources, experience improved communication, and develop higher levels of commitment to decisions. Training and practice in consensus decision–making increases both group productivity and group cohesiveness.


The participant will understand: (1) the relationship between decision–making strategies and strength of decision, (2) the concepts of synergy and vigilance, and (3) the process of reaching consensus.

Content Outline

  • Reaching decisions in groups — the six methods
  • Guidelines and tips for consensus–building
  • Trying out the process — a group exercise
  • Review of the exercise
  • Incorporating consensus–building procedures and attitudes into the group

Who Should Attend

This seminar is intended for managers, supervisors, team leaders, and employees already in existing work teams.

 Last Modified 7/22/13