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.
This technique should be used when clarity is needed how to reach an agreement on conflicting views.
Pre-Work Required: Some work has been done and a discussion has happened but the group is blocked.
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.
create implementation plan and close the session
A follow up meeting may be required for complex issues, as the sub-group collects needed information to propose a model for agreement.
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