We don’t have a democracy at work or often even in our families. We try and make sure everyone has input but ultimately someone makes a decision and it’s rare that everyone agrees with it.
When working within a community of any kind or definition, most participants want to feel their thoughts and ideas are valued.
The dictionary says that consensus is a “general agreement of opinion” and collaboration is to “work jointly”.
Can we collaborate successfully and not need to reach consensus?
Which is more important?
I’m noticing how, in the name of consensus, one person (or a small few) go do all the effort and then everyone else gets to veto it. Hmmm. Conversely, I see folks working together well but unable to reach an agreement and the project/idea stalls.
If I had to pick, I’d say that collaboration is more important than consensus. There are often too many agendas at play for me to trust in a group decision. I’m often moved by what a single visionary, willing to take a risk and speak out, might propose.
But then again, I hate to be outvoted.