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Why Team Consensus Matters

 I have quite a few conversations about the role of a facilitator, and participatory leadership. One topic frequently comes up: “Paul, why do you use this word ‘consensus’ all the time, when we’re never going to get everyone to agree? A strong leader’s role is to make decisions and drive a team forward to success, even […]

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In Startups, Alignment is Natural

This was the observation of a colleague, when we were recently discussing alignment. “Yes, of course,” was the best response I had at the time. But later, as I reflected on it, I realized this was a significant insight. And that there’s quite a bit to be learned from it. I’ve had the good fortune […]

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Planning to Plan: Aligning Priorities, Part 2

In my last post, I talked about the importance of a shared context, as a prerequisite for building consensus around a team’s priorities to move forward. I also reviewed some approaches to leading the team through developing this shared context. This shared context needs to include an understanding of: what we really do what we […]

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Planning to Plan: Aligning Priorities, Part 1

In the introduction to my “Planning to Plan” series, I proposed that leaders ask themselves a few tough questions about last year’s plan: Did we have a clear, compelling and attainable vision of what we wanted to accomplish? Did our team truly and deeply believe in what we were doing, and why? Did we clearly identify our priorities, and what was “out […]

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