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More Than 50 Ways to Build Team Consensus

More Than 50 Ways to Build Team Consensus

Second Edition

August 2006 | 296 pages | Corwin
'As a single source of ideas for facilitators and school leaders, this book is excellent. The author very thoroughly covers the material, and the procedures are easy to follow' - Stephen H. Laub, Principal,

Rolla Junior High School, MO

Today's workplace is increasingly shifting from top-down, authoritative leadership to engendering participation from all the stakeholders in a team. In response to this ever-growing trend, R. Bruce Williams provides group facilitators with insights and research about teams working together to reach consensus and accomplish their goals. This revised edition presents current brain research and its implications for team leaders and members, and explores the growing importance of participative processes in collaborative working environments.

In a user-friendly format, Williams offers more than 50 practical, step-by-step activities and strategies for immediate implementation, with real-life examples to assist in the consensus-building process. The activities address the four main components of full consensus:

• Creating a purposeful vision

• Effecting participative processes

• Fostering individual commitment

• Building strong collaborative teams

Use this valuable "road map" to set the stage for establishing consensus and effecting successful collaborative teamwork!

About the Author
Introduction to Building Team Consensus
I. Purposeful Vision
1. Visualizing the Common Direction: Simple Things to Do
Hopes and Desires Conversation  
Brainstorming Closure  
TV Personality in Three Years  
Common Direction Written Summary  
Past, Present, and Future Images  
2. Creating Visible Documentation: Things That Take Effort
Meeting Products Documentation  
Wall Decor of Meeting Products  
3. Illuminating the Total Framework: For the Committed
Journey Wall  
Global Events Conversation  
Organization Principles Workshop  
Purposeful Vision Chart  
All the Stakeholders  
II. Participative Processes
4. Generating Total Participation: Simple Things to Do
Creating the Real Question  
Eventful Happenings  
Sticker Dots  
TV News Spot  
Questions Not Dictums  
Carousel Solutions  
5. Organizing the Meeting Focus: Things That Take Effort
One Concrete Product  
Time Flow Picture  
Meeting Space  
Meeting Plan Forms  
6. Tapping the Group Agreement: For the Committed
Guidelines for a Consensus Outcome  
Workshop Flow  
Three-to-One Scenarios  
Cooperative Writing Workshop  
Mapping the Road to Agreement  
Agreement: State and Restate  
Testing for Consensus  
III. Individual Commitment
7. Eliciting Detailed Assignments: Simple Things to Do
Task Volunteers  
What/Who/When Cards  
Assignment Chart  
8. Expanding Personal Recognition: Things That Take Effort
Specific Praise  
Individual Celebrations  
Training, Coaching, or Project Feedback  
Use of People’s Names  
Personalized Job Tools  
9. Occasioning Individual Accountability and Absolution: For the Committed
Short Weekly Meetings  
“I Am Nervous About” Conversations  
Implementation Lesson Conversation  
A Victory Party Before the Victory  
Symbol of Commitment  
IV. Collaborative Teams
10. Intensifying Team Identity: Simple Things to Do
Team Member List  
Team Name  
Team Flag or Symbol  
Team Motto  
Team Song  
Team Rituals or Rites  
11. Increasing Supportive Connection: Things That Take Effort
Winning Team Story  
Leadership Rotation  
Icebreaker Opening Conversation  
Dyad or Triad Brainstorming  
Making the Differences Visible  
Team Victory Celebration  
12. Enhancing Group Reflection: For the Committed
Processing Partners  
Content Processing  
Meeting Processing  
Teamwork Processing  
Logs or Journals  
Career Motivation Conversation  

"The book is handy, easy to use, and chock full of practical ideas that can be immediately implemented. It does not bog readers down in theoretical explanations, though it gives just enough background or rationale for each activity to ground them in the 'big picture.'"

Marta Gardner, Literacy Coach
Esperanza Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA

"As a single source of ideas for facilitators and building leaders, this book is excellent. The author very thoroughly covers the material and the procedures are easy to follow."

Stephen H. Laub, Principal
Rolla Junior High School, MO

"Packed with practical ideas to help facilitators aid groups in collaborating to achieve their goals."

Tools for Schools, Vol. 10, No. 2
National Staff Development Council

"Easy-to-follow activities that promote teamwork are outlined in this handbook. Although the intended audience is facilitators, educators can also use these tools to improve class community."

Curriculum Connections, Spring 2007
School Library Journal

Works well with the others texts we are currently using.

Mr Charles Kramer
Sch Of Ed Organization Leadshp, University Of La Verne
January 28, 2014

Text was supplemental to the class, but did not appear to be comprehensive enough for this class.

Dr Michele Kelk
School Of Education, Webster University
November 17, 2010

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