How to Meet, Think and Work to Consensus

Date & Time
Thursday, August 20
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Registration begins at 8:45 a.m.

Cuyahoga County Public Library
Administration Building
2111 Snow Road
Parma, Ohio
$40 CAMLS libraries
$60 Non-library staff from member's organizations
$80 Non-members
Fee includes materials
Deadline: Thursday, August 13
Limit: 50

Consensus decision making is a proven method for making meetings a collaborative, productive effort. Yet without proper training, participants resort to ineffective methods such as interrupting each other, pulling for their own solution, or choosing sides. This workshop will utilize exercises and interactive methods to present consensus seeking techniques to help team members work together to generate ideas and solve problems.

Marti Peden is a human resources and development instructor who heads her own management and employee training group. She has over twenty years of experience in training and organizational development working with clients in business, healthcare and libraries. Over the years, she has conducted many workshops for CAMLS, NOLA and other library systems. Marti is a popular Support Staff Conference speaker.
Intended Audience
Anyone interested in learning how to participate in an effective consensus decision. CAMLS encourages its 1997-98 and 1998-99 committee officers to attend this workshop.
  • Understand the consensual process

  • Manage agreement and disagreement in meetings

  • Learn to utilize consensus to improve small group meetings

  • Gain skill in getting commitment to the group's decision

  • Solve problems in a collaborative and creative way
    Course Content
    • What consensus does and doesn't mean

    • 3 conditions for group consensus

    • How to utilize a consensus tool in meetings

    • Obstacles to group consensus

    • What to do if you can't reach consensus