Following on from the Sunday Sayings post about Truth – [which seems like a topical theme at the moment, given the preponderance of so- called fake news, in our world], is Consensus.
The Effects of Consensus
Is Consensus a noble objective, or can it be implicated in watering down any goals, objectives or even, progress that a group, workplace or family unit, might make?
Consensus in a group, setting, might mean respecting differing opinions and finding that sometimes illusive, “middle ground.” The group seeking consensus might be a family, a workplace or a community of individuals.
Some believe that in order to get agreement on group issues and direction, it is important to have a background of common values and goals and thus, workplace employees are often selected on that basis, when they begin employment. That makes sense, doesn’t it? After all, like-minded people, tend to agree, don’t they?
Intertwined in this concept of consensus and truth, is the complication that everyone is an individual, and comes with a pre-set of values, developed via their upbringing, culture, or their own personal bias. Our previous discussion on ‘Truth,’ appears to indicate that truth, like individual opinions, can vary greatly according to each person’s perspective and a given moment in time, as Mann suggests below:
Do not think of knocking out another person’s brains because he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational to knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago. Horace Mann
This link claims, “Consensus implies that everyone accepts and supports the decision, and understands the reasons for making it.”
Sounds great in theory, doesn’t it? Everyone having a say, and everyone agreeing with one end decision after a friendly discussion? The world should therefore be a happy place, if consensus ruled. But then there is this:
As consensus does not imply perfect unanimity, it implies that the majority of people express a particular view, which is accepted as the consensus by all the members including those who actually oppose it. The dissent of the opposition is sacrificed in the interests of the harmony among the members or in the larger interests of the organization. https://www.mbaknol.com/business-communication/consensus-and-its-significance-in-business/
Group Harmony and Acquiescence
The words posted above suggests that dissent is sacrified in the interests of harmony. That means some folks might give in. Are they really always happy about that?
Are they adult enough to side with harmony for the common good?
Does this happen in Politics?
Some will be confident enough in their self-concept and objectives to accept the outcome, or let go of dearly held viewpoints, for the sake of harmony, or for the good of the group, whilst for others, it will eat away at them, and perhaps also at group dynamics.
Might this lead eventually, to mutiny in the workplace and conflict, in the family group or political sphere?
The Blog Endless Weekend, also was moved to probe at this concept of truth in a recent post on Consensus.
Collective Responsibility of the Team
I feel the degree of collective responsibility within a given group, something more commonly referred to as team effort, or being a responsible team player, could perhaps, be one factor in overriding any concerns of jealousy, resentment or disregard in finalizing decisions.
How mature are we at handling group conflict and disagreement?
Do you always seek consensus in a group setting? Are you always happy if the outcome is progressive, even if your concerns were not elucidated or discussed?
Does a powerful boss or leader intimidate the group so that the following might be true?
Sunday Sayings Weekly Proverb
“The squeaky wheel gets the most grease.”American proverb
Are you a vocal or silent team player?
What do you think of the quotes and proverbs presented this week?
I invite you to join in the discussion here on Sunday Sayings.
Perhaps Mahatma Gandhi should have the last word –
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