Workshop Exercises: Decide

Five-Fingered Consensus

Quickly gauge break-out group consensus

Illustration of Five-Fingered Consensus
Run a Five-Fingered Consensus play

Alternative plays: Red:Green Cards, Roman Voting

See also: Fist to Five

Timing: Execution

Run time
3 minutes

Group size

Why: A rapid and visual method to evaluate consensus within a break-out group facilitating efficient group alignment

When: Use during break-out sessions or group discussions, ensuring that everyone's input is considered

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Instructions for running this play

  1. Ask the group to rate their level of consensus on a topic from 0 to 5.
  2. Each person responds by showing a fist or a number of fingers that corresponds to their opinion.
  3. The group moves forward only when all votes are above 3.
  4. Allot more time to discuss if the group holds up a variety of ones, twos, threes, as they then have more work to do.
Fist (0 Fingers) indicates completely different point of views
3 Fingers indicate willingness to go with the group decision
5 Fingers indicate total agreement

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