Shared Vision Required

In principle, it is a shared vision that holds a group together; a common view of how people want things to be different in the future. If my opinion of how things should change does no overlap with yours, in at least a tiny way, we have no reason to work together. It may be that we disagree on specific approaches – how much money to spend, who to hire, when to do what – but for a good group decision to result we must have a shared vision of the outcome; where we are heading.
Practical Tip: Identify and write down what your group agrees on and what you all hope to achieve. For an established group this might be a mission statement, a vision statement, or a set of goals. For a one-time group (perhaps gathered at a public hearing, for instance), begin with a statement of why the group is gathered and make sure at the outset that everyone is there for the same purpose. Starting off knowing that there is something everyone agrees on helps later.

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