Consensus Building Decision-Matrix

A Blueprint When Consensus Building Around All Types of Decision-Making

After reviewing some material about the optimal methodology (ie, approach) for strategic distribution planning, related to an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) project, it became quickly evident that the expert’s recommendation followed the basic principles for consensual decision-making. The three indisputable components when consensus building include: Purpose (or, intent) Options Criteria Since not all criteria is of equal value,…

Ideation Ground Rules for Narrative Brainstorming

Five Narrative Brainstorming Methods to Generate Participant Input

The narrative Brainstorming tool comprises three steps; diverge, analyze, and converge.  Besides non-narrative methods of capturing participant input, consider the following options when gathering narrative input from your participants. With narrative brainstorming, first remember to embrace the rules of ideation. Prevent discussion while you are capturing their ideas. At the end of ideation, consider one last…

Robust Definition Tool

How to Build a Consensual Definition Making It Easier to Plan and Decide

To build an operational and consensual definition that your group can live with, in their own words, and with their understanding, use the following method. Since narrative descriptions alone may fall short of the entire meaning, we also want to support the consensual definition with illustration and examples. Use this robust method for consensual definitions…

The Purpose Tool

The Purpose Tool: Building the Strategic Plan for a Function, Process, Activity or Product

Assuredly, organizational executives are known to go off-site to conduct strategic planning sessions, building consensus around vision and strategy to lead an organization to the future it seeks. Yet infrequently, if ever, the Account Payable Department (or, some other function, process, activity or product) justifies off-site strategic planning sessions. They still need consensus around why…

Creativity Tool Example

Use the Creativity Tool to Launch Ideation When Brainstorming

The following Creativity tool stimulates the ideation activity of Brainstorming and enables people to express ideas and beliefs non-verbally, even if they cannot or will not do it orally. This is especially beneficial for developing visions of the business, system, or organization.  It should also be used when defining, especially complex products or processes. Creativity…

Facilitating Kum-Bay-Yah Decision-Making Matrix to Guide Selection of Structured Facilitation Tools

Guidelines for Selecting Appropriate Structured Facilitation Tools

Facilitators rely on hundreds of tools to gather information, support decision-making, encourage innovation, build camaraderie, strive for higher quality, or guide a facilitator through an unplanned pathway.  Therefore, your selection of the “best” structured facilitation tools depends on many factors. A note of caution—beginning facilitators often have a difficult time feeling comfortable because of the…