Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Conscious Leaders Care about Consensus


One way to make a decision is to stay locked inside an office, pick something to do, then send out an e-mail telling everyone the new rule. Generally, this type of solution ends up with the decision maker saying, “well… it seemed like a good idea at the time.”

Conscious Leaders care about consensus because it results in workable solutions. Unless there is a true pressing emergency, decision making can (and should) involve the team. If everyone is involved there is built-in “buy-in.” An example of this is Whole Foods Market’s approach to selecting employee benefits packages. See the book:Conscious Capitalism, With a New Preface by the Authors: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business

How can you incorporate consensus into your life? Does your organization pronounce decisions by fiat, or is there a process for arriving at a solution by consensus?