IAF Methods

Mapping Road to Agreement

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Use the group's thinking to create their own pathway to agreement, when the group is stuck. The process helps the group to grasp what is really standing in the way of some genuine agreement.

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Goal

Using a systematic approach to clarifying points of agreement and disagreement and to work through those of disagreement.

This technique should be used when clarity is needed how to reach an agreement on conflicting views.

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Materials

  • Flipcharts
  • markers
  • paper
  • etc.

Instructions

Before

Pre-Work Required: Some work has been done and a discussion has happened but the group is blocked.

During

1. Ask group to state current points of agreement.

2. Help group name current unsettled points.

3. Brainstorm key points to settle, before the group can reach agreement. Use card storming if there are plenty items to settle, to then discern the major clusters of three to five larger issues.

4. Form sub-groups to deal with issues .
If complex, groups may have to deal with those issues following the meeting and come prepared with information and a model for agreement to a next meeting.

5. Build model for agreement.

Follow-Up Required:

create implementation plan and close the session

After

A follow up meeting may be required for complex issues, as the sub-group collects needed information to propose a model for agreement.

Background

Derived from: Williams, R. Bruce: More than 50 Ways to Build Team Consensus, Second Edition, Corwin Press, 2007    Found on Jo Nelson's "Meeting Tools" list

Comments (2) ( 1.0  avg / 1 ratings)

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  • A very good process to use when the group has agreement on some things, but is not sure how to get consensus on the whole topic.

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    over 3 years ago
  • Very wishy_washy and abstract

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    almost 2 years ago