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Let’s lay out advantages and disadvantages for them clearly. And, yes, tell them about disadvantages as well as advantages. By doing so, we’ll increase our credibility. We might even learn something by writing advantages on one side of a page and disadvantages on other.
After we’ve made our case, we’ll try to stimulate feedback. Try to get a sense of how our message was received and what response it got. Did they respond way we expected? Did a consensus begin to emerge?
If not, we need to start process over again, with a new diagnosis. And, we’ll basically reiterate process. But, this time, put even more time into, and emphasis on, their assumptions and expectations. If process doesn’t work, it’s because they didn’t find enough benefits in our earlier communication.
In end, consensus is always about them. And, to get them to go along with our plans for change, we need to be as conscious of their needs as we are of our own.
Summarizing, think of consensus as end point of a process, rather than something we can immediately organize. That process starts with analysis and listening, then responds to what we heard in listening phase.
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