- Agree on the criteria for discussion.
- Take turns expressing points of view without interactive discussion or debate.
- Summarize points of agreement after all members have had an opportunity to speak uninterrupted.
- Debate and discuss conflicting ideas.
- Periodically check for agreement by asking each member to state his or her point of view.
- Continue to discuss and debate the ideas until a decision is reached.
How To Set Criteria
- Generate a few criteria ideas, and list on a flipchart (e.g., “low-hanging fruit”).
- Through discussion or consensus, reach agreement on the criteria that all members will use.
- There can be one or more criteria for any decision.
- Criteria may be objective or subjective.
REFERENCE: The Seven-Step Meeting Process and Tools from Executive Learning, Inc. Handbook for Improvement, Nashville: ELI, 2002.