„Angus, I`m going to feel much more confident that we`re making the right choice, if you can say what you think, does it work for you?“ The words used to describe the different types of agreement and disagreement vary from group to group. It`s important to be clear in your group about the options you`re using and what they mean. Points: Write down all ideas, give each person the same number of points (1-6 usually works). They then divide their points among the ideas they think are the most interesting to explore (which could be 1 point on each of the 6 ideas, 6 on one or somewhere in between). It`s a tool where the majority „wins“ so you can allow someone who had very strong feelings about the importance of an idea to put it into discussion, even if they didn`t have a majority. Make sure that „rejected“ ideas are not completely lost – they can be caught up when the group creates a proposal. Consensus is most effective when a group is able to explore differences – in needs, opinions, ethics, communication styles, and work practices. Finding a path forward that works for everyone depends on really understanding where everyone comes from. We often have to go through conflict to reach this understanding.
Even if it seems to „stir up“ difficult feelings, in the long run it can be much easier to bring things to light. Some people argue that it is necessary to hand over power to a committee to make long-term strategic decisions and ensure that things are done effectively. Collective decision-making, on the other hand, can seem cumbersome and slow. Below, we`ve listed some common challenges that arise at meetings and made suggestions on how to respond. Hopefully, they will also spark their own ideas. A key question you should ask yourself is what underlying issues might be causing the problem. For example, someone you think is „talking too much“ may be alone, excited, not being heard, or not knowing how much space they are taking! The most effective approach to the problem depends on the underlying problems. There is a broad consensus among bond investors that if interest rates on long-term government bonds begin to rise, as they have sometimes threatened, the Fed can and will intervene. Multilateral diplomacy is sometimes complicated. It can be difficult to get dozens or hundreds of Member States to agree on a text.
Over time, various means of agreement have emerged in the practice of United Nations bodies. Here are some of the ways resolutions and decisions can be adopted: A big question for major groups is who should define the goals and visions. In many situations, a smaller group of start-ups decides in advance what the overall goals of the group will be, and then invites people to get involved on that basis. Alternatively, a large group of people can work together to develop a common vision. It takes a lot of time and the bigger the group, the more difficult this process becomes. Sometimes a topic elicits such strong reactions that people need to shine it before they can focus on discussing what to do. In this case, it is usually best to create a space here, at the very beginning of the decision-making process, to express feelings. Once you have a good understanding of what is important to people, you can gather and explore all the ideas to move forward. Looking at the pros and cons of different ideas helps the group really understand each other`s most important needs and concerns.