I’m no Margaret Thatcher fan, but this quote is fairly close to my own views about a decision-making process known as “consensus”:
“Consensus: “The process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values, and policies in search of something in which no one believes, but to which no one objects; the process of avoiding the very issues that have to be solved, merely because you cannot get agreement on the way ahead. What great cause would have been fought and won under the banner: ‘I stand for consensus?”
Three reasons why “consensus” sticks in my throat like dry Wheatbix:
If you want sustainably good work from a team, make sure there’s a leader and give that leader the authority to do the job. Hold that leader to account for the quality of decision-making and execution. Do this over time and a good leader will grow and get the confidence of her team. Don’t do this and expect a thriving mediocracy.
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