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Achieving Consensus

Consensus is a cooperative process in which all group members develop and agree to support a decision in the best interest of the whole.  In consensus, the input of every participant is carefully considered and there is a good faith effort to address all legitimate concerns. (Source: Dressler, 2006)

Choose consensus when…

  • Multiple stakeholders and perspectives for a complex issue;
  • People are willing to participate;
  • The group has authority to make decisions and will be affected by them;
  • There is a need for creative solutions; and
  • Everyone involved is required to be committed to the decision or plan.

Consensus as a process is a journey of preparing participants to make a decision. Discussion is needed to identify issues, clarify questions, establish decision-making criteria and address all concerns.  The goal is to create understanding of the issues and then share the perspectives of all involved.

A consensus decision doesn’t mean that everyone agrees with everything.  Ideally, a consensus decision reflects mutual understanding, agreement to support a decision, and commitment to take action steps for the benefit of the group.

Eskil’s trained facilitators plan the process and lead conversations to get to a decision.

Benefits of consensus decision-making

  • Inclusive participation to engage and empower the group;
  • Calls for a commitment to work together and increase cooperation;
  • Develops a shared understanding through discussion;
  • Dismantles hierarchy in a group;
  • Leads to better-informed decisions that are more representative of the wider community;
  • Encourages a sense of ownership; and
  • Creates a sense of group responsibility for the implementation.

We Are The Prime Movers

"Self-organizing groups can collaborate to achieve consensus on powerful questions"

Tonight The Streets Are Ours

"Identify issues on the group's mind and develop solutions for the problem owner to consider"

Peggy Sue Got Married

"Identify shared burning issues before working on fixing those issues collaboratively"

Let’s Get This Down On Paper

"Achieving consensus is extremely powerful when achieved through finding shared solutions"

Everybody In The Place (Let’s Go)

"Take a well recognized, seemingly impossible problem, and identifying a potential solution"

Cross The Great Divide

"One-day workshop comprising facilitated exercises as we convert strategy into plans"


Feel free to contact us to discuss how our experienced facilitators can support you as you achieve consensus in your boardroom, leadership team and across the wider organization.