This handbook on group decision-making for those wanting to operate in a consensus fashion stresses the advantages of informal, common sense approaches to working together. It describes how any group can put these approaches into practice, and relates numerous examples of situations in which such approaches have been applied.

From City Hall to the Streets: A Community Plan Meets the Real World
From city hall to the streets: A community plan meets the real world

According to the premises of strategic planning, the world is supposed to hold still while a plan is being developed and then stay on the predicted course while that plan is being implemented.

—Henry Mintzberg, “The Fall and Rise of Strategic Planning”
(1994, p. 110)

The premises of strategic planning are often at odds with the way the real world works. Indeed, it is not uncommon to see a strategic plan just “sit on the shelf” without proceeding to the implementation stage. Worse still, a strategic plan may reach the implementation stage even though the priorities it outlines are so broad they are ...

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