Silence is NOT neutral

If you find that your meetings are not giving you the discussion that you need, if people stay quiet and then disassociate themselves from supposed agreements afterwards, here is a handy little tip you can employ.  Change the rules of your meeting and state that silence will be assumed to mean that you endorse the proposal and will support it.  This means if you have an alternative view, reservations or doubts, they need airing and discussion.  It is a little like the bit in the marriage service where the priest says “Speak now or forever hold your peace..”

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