You have a decision to make and you want the input of your people. This is not about reaching consensus, where the focus is on reaching group agreement. Rather, you want to hear the best thinking from each person, and preferably from different perspectives. You want to encourage debate because that will play off the ideas presented.
Remember, you’re not trying to reach group agreement on a decision; instead, you’re looking for the best idea or solution. You are responsible for making the decision and accountable for the results. Once everyone has had the opportunity to express their thoughts, and you have made the decision, then it is expected that everyone will fully support the decision.
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