- Approaching the process with an open mind - no presupposed individual agendas
- Willingness to work towards a new solution as a group
- Respecting each person's expertise
- Focusing on shared goals
Consensus becomes just one way to agree on the solution created by collaboration.
This sounds too simple, yet it is the core of the change process and until we can understand and embrace it, our schools will be stalled, locked in power struggles between the yeahs and nays of change - rather than committing to effective problem solving.
What does meta-cognition have to do with it? Each of us needs to reflect on our thinking and purpose regarding collaboration.
Here is a framework for our thinking.