Building Consensus – Video Guide
Building consensus is one of the most important skill a leader can have in their leadership toolbox. Leaders frequently need to advocate for their ideas and persuade others that their approach is the best solution for everyone involved. Building consensus provides a way to get others to buy-in to our ideas and to participate in the process of turning them into fully developed solutions that address the problem or situation.

Building Consensus – Video Guide

Building consensus is one of the most important skills a leader can have in their leadership toolbox. Leaders frequently need to advocate for their ideas and persuade others that their approach is the best solution for everyone involved. Building consensus provides a way to get others to buy-in to our ideas and to participate in the process of turning them into fully developed solutions that address the problem or situation. One of the most important ideas to understand about consensus is that it is more than just bringing about the majority of the group to our side. In a true consensus, all members of the group agree with and accept the idea or concept, not just most of the group. While it can be difficult to bring a whole group of people around to our way of thinking, there are some tools that we can use to help in building consensus among that group to gain support for our ideas.

Tools for Building Consensus

  • Find areas of agreement early
  • Separate interests from positions
  • Engage in Active Listening
  • Ask thorough, thoughtful, open-ended questions
  • Give others the opportunity to speak about impacts

Building consensus is definitely challenging, especially when multiple parties interests and positions come into play, but there are some advantages that come along with putting this effort in up front. Primarily, once consensus has been achieved among the group, it is likely that the members of the group will be invested in the solution arrived at and will advocate for it to others and strive to implement it fully. This can help in educating the rest of the work force or other organizations as to why any changes are important as well as gain their support because their interests were represented in the decision-making process. Building a consensus is almost always difficult, and not always possible, but definitely worth the effort when it can be achieved.

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No matter how skilled or talented we are, there's just no way we can accomplish the big goals we want to meet all on our own. Every great leader has worked with others to bring about the amazing things that they have achieved. Trying to do everything on our own can be frustrating, leads to slower progress and limited results and is honestly, a little bit lonely. One of the ways we bring others in to help us meet our objectives is through building partnerships and strategic relationships. There are lots of people out there in the world whose professional goals are either similar or complimentary to our own. Finding these people and working together in a mutually beneficial relationship is one of the best ways to achieve what we are setting out to do. One of the most difficult things to do when we're looking to build strategic relationships is to figure out who we should approach to be in this partnership with us. Fortunately, there are a few key questions that we can ask ourselves in order to make this easier.

Strategic Relationships – Video Guide

No matter how skilled or talented we are, there’s just no way we can accomplish the big goals we want to meet all on our own. Every great leader has worked with others to bring about the amazing things that they have achieved. Trying to do everything on our own can be frustrating, leads to slower progress and limited results and is honestly, a little bit lonely. One of the ways we bring others in to help us meet our objectives is through building partnerships and strategic relationships. There are lots of people out there in the world whose professional goals are either similar or complimentary to our own. Finding these people and working together in a mutually beneficial relationship is one of the best ways to achieve what we are setting out to do. One of the most difficult things to do when we’re looking to build strategic relationships is to figure out who we should approach to be in this partnership with us. Fortunately, there are a few key questions that we can ask ourselves in order to make this easier.

Questions to Ask When Building Strategic Relationships:

  • Who shares my goals and ambitions?
  • Who has a similar outlook on business and life?
  • Who has similar goals, but a different perspective than my own?
  • Who has experience or expertise needed to meet my goals, but that I don’t have?

Once we’ve identified who to start building a partnership or strategic relationship with, we need to keep in mind that the relationship can’t be all about us and our own goals. Partnerships need to be two-way street where we give at least as much as we get to the relationship so that all parties can achieve their goals. Only when both partners give what they have to offer to make the partnership work do we really maximize our results.

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No one likes to make mistakes, but we all do and we just have to accept that someday it's going to happen to us. Whatever our mistake is, it's nowhere near as important as how we react to it and what we learn from it. In this week's video, Jason talks about how to get our mindset right after making a mistake and the three steps we need to take before we can begin to learn from it. One of the most important aspects of the process of learning about our mistakes is to engage in self-reflection and take an objective look at the root causes of the mistake. Asking ourselves some key questions will help us adopt a rational process to overcoming mistakes. Here are a few examples of questions that might be valuable to figuring out the real cause of a mistake:

Overcoming Mistakes – Video Guide

No one likes to make mistakes, but we all do and we just have to accept that someday it’s going to happen to us. Whatever our mistake is, it’s nowhere near as important as how we react to it and what we learn from it. In this week’s video, Jason talks about how to get our mindset right after making a mistake and the three steps we need to take before we can begin to learn from it. One of the most important aspects of the process of learning about our mistakes is to engage in self-reflection and take an objective look at the root causes of the mistake. Asking ourselves some key questions will help us adopt a rational process to overcoming mistakes. Here are a few examples of questions that might be valuable to figuring out the real cause of a mistake:

Overcoming Mistakes Through Reflective Questions

  • Was there information out there that I didn’t have that could have helped?
  • Was there information that I had that I didn’t use to make my decision?
  • Was there someone I know with experience I could have consulted with before proceeding?
  • Were there others who had an opposing or different perspective that I could have considered?
  • Were there external factors that I didn’t consider or fully understand?
  • Did I have a thorough understanding of the flow of the activity and the people who needed to be involved?

The only way a mistake can truly be a wasted experience is if we don’t find a way to learn something from it. Adopting a healthy mindset towards mistakes and learning valuable lessons from every mistake can help us grow into stronger leaders and help those around us benefit from our experience too.

 

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I'm really excited to be a guest on the #SocialPowWow Twitter Chat this Thursday at 11:30 AM Eastern Time. Ancita Satija hosts #SocialPowWow to discuss how the Social Web is rewriting the rules of business and connect with India based Startups, Marketers, PR & Digital professionals. Join us to talk about how social media can be an effective vehicle for leadership, connecting with communities, and how to leverage specific social media networks for effective leadership. Learn how leadership and social media are intertwined in the digital age and how you can incorporate excellent social media practices into your leadership style.

Leadership and Social Media on #SocialPowWow

Leadership and Social Media on #SocialPowWow

I’m really excited to be a guest on the #SocialPowWow Twitter Chat this Thursday at 11:30 AM Eastern Time. Ancita Satija hosts #SocialPowWow to discuss how the Social Web is rewriting the rules of business and connect with India based Startups, Marketers, PR & Digital professionals. Join us to talk about how social media can be an effective vehicle for leadership, connecting with communities, and how to leverage specific social media networks for effective leadership. Learn how leadership and social media are intertwined in the digital age and how you can incorporate excellent social media practices into your leadership style.

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Spring is a time for revitalization, rebirth and reinventing and the longer, warmer days give us an opportunity to reflect on where we’ve been and where we want to go. We'll be adopting these themes in all of our content for the month April at Evil Genius Leadership. We'll be showing you ways to bounce back from mistakes, how to cultivate critical partnerships and how to build consensus on your team to give your leadership skills a shot in the arm and recharge your team. Before we dive into those ideas we want to invite you to join our April Leadership Challenge and do something to either give your career a kind or rebirth and revitalization or help re-energize your team to meet new challenges

Rebirth and Revitalization – April Leadership Challenge Video

Spring is a time for revitalization, rebirth and reinventing,  and the longer, warmer days give us an opportunity to reflect on where we’ve been and where we want to go. We’ll be adopting these themes in all of our content for the month April at Evil Genius Leadership. We’ll be showing you ways to bounce back from mistakes, how to cultivate critical partnerships and how to build consensus on your team to give your leadership skills a shot in the arm and recharge your team. Before we dive into those ideas we want to invite you to join our April Leadership Challenge and do something to either give your career a kind or rebirth and revitalization or help re-energize your team to meet new challenges

Rebirth and Revitalization – April Leadership Challenge

For April we’re asking everyone to think about something you’d like to revitalize in your life or some way you’d like to reinvent yourself or make some personal growth happen.  Maybe your team used to have a social activity on a regular basis that was really beneficial but fell by the wayside. Bringing that back could be a great way to revitalize the connections and relationships on your team. Or maybe you’ve been wanting to learn more about a particular topic important to your team and really become an expert in it. Set a goal to reinvent yourself as an expert in an area of knowledge that no one else on the team has. These don’t need to be grandiose or complete transformations, just some conscious little changes to bring you in a new direction.

We’ve got lots more coming up in April about revitalization, reinvention and growth, both our own and others, so check back to get more ideas!

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