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Paperback – 192 pages
7.25 Inches × 9 Inches (w × h)

Weight: 382 Grams
BISAC: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Decision-Making & Problem Solving
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9780865716896
Pub. Date: 2011-04-01

About the Author

Tim Hartnett

Tim Hartnett, Ph.D. is a group facilitator and mediator who blends extensive knowledge of non-violent communication with insightful understanding of group dynamics and effective techniques for conflict resolution. He practices as a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in individual counseling, couples therapy, and parenting after separation. He is also the founder of a small intentional community in Santa Cruz, CA.

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Consensus-Oriented Decision-Making

The CODM Model for Facilitating Groups to Widespread Agreement

by Tim Hartnett



For any group or organization to function effectively, it must be able to make decisions well. Consensus-Oriented Decision-Making is the first book to offer groups (and group facilitators) a clear and efficient path togenerating widespread agreement while fostering full participation and true collaboration.

Poised to become the new standard for group facilitation, Consensus-Oriented Decision-Making combines:

  • Deep insight into complex group dynamics
  • Effective conflict resolution techniques
  • Powerful communication skills.

Groups using this simple, step-by step approach experience increased cohesion and commitment and stronger relationships as a result of their successful cooperation.

Incorporating the principles of collaboration, inclusion, empathy, and open-mindedness, the CODM process encourages shared ownership of group decisions. The method can be used in any group situation, regardless of whether the final decision-making power rests with a single person or team, a vote of members, or unanimity.

Business, government, non-profit, social and community organizations can all benefit from Consensus-Oriented Decision-Making. Whether you are a designated facilitator or an active participant, understanding this powerfulframework will help you contribute to the success of your group through achieving maximum participation and efficiency, a clearer decision-making process, better decisions, and improved group dynamics.

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