- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Pfeiffer; 1 edition (April 4, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0893842567
- ISBN-13: 978-0893842567
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,719,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rules for Reaching Consensus: A Modern Approach to Decision Making 1st Edition
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This book tells us that the process leading up to consensus has three steps: (a) understanding the proposal for collective bargaining; (b) resolving issues of mutual concern; and (c) closing the deals. Preceding these steps are preconsensus preparations involving the determination of group membership, understanding the nature of consensus, agreeing to the purpose, values and authority for settling disputes, and setting standards for interpersonal behavior and their appropriate consequences. The objective of the book is to describe all that, and it does it well.
The discussion follows six chapters. The first 3 chapters distinguish collective decision making from conventional decision making. The fourth chapter is a how-to outline of consensus building and maintenance. Chapters 5 and 6 explore techniques that people charge with facilitating and managing consensus can follow.
The book is of an uneven depth, but its breadth is very good. I highly recommend it.
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