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Group Decision Tip: Define the Edges

In principle, the center of a circle is equidistant from all points on its perimeter. We need to know the edges to know the center. To know what’s centrally acceptable to a group of decision makers, it helps to know the outer limits of acceptability: what’s unacceptable.

Group Decision Tips IconPractical Tip: Say wild ideas. Make bold proposals. Be provocative. Know that the group is actually well-served when someone responds, “Now that’s going too far,” or, “That’s stepping over the line.” Like a flashlight investigating a dark basketball court, shine it all over to find the boundaries.

If you are having a hard time defining how something should be, work for awhile on defining how it should not be. Try stuff on so you know what doesn’t fit. Explore side roads so you know which ones dead end. Work inward from what you know is out of bounds.

PS: Don’t be attached to clothes that don’t fit or roads that go nowhere.

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Group Decision Tips are written by NCDD member Craig Freshley, a long-time meeting facilitator and group process author. Craig invites NCDDers to view all his Tips at www.groupdecisiontips.com, and to share them freely for non-commercial purposes with proper credit to Craig.

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