July 2013

Gaining Consensus

CHAOS TuesdayConversations in CHAOS – #16: Gloria Cordes Larson, President, Bentley University and the executive behind the highly successful Boston Convention Center will be our guest of CHAOS Tuesday discussing gaining consensus.

Consensus is a general agreement, an accord and harmony regarding the project’s direction or stakeholder feedback.  Gloria will present how she managed gaining consensus with the highly charged and passionate South Boston Neighborhood.  She will also discuss how she got agreement to build the Institute of Contemporary Art on Boston’s Historic Waterfront in the face of powerful opposition. In this program we explore:

  • 3 most common consensus building mistakes
  • How to manage 3 most common mistakes
  • How listening is the key to gaining consensus
  • Gain consensus in the face of opposition
  • How to break-up logjams

Part of CHAOS Tuesday: looks at resources that an organization can use to help improve their skills in gaining consensus.



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Gloria Cordes Larson

Gloria Cordes Larson is President of Bentley University. Ms. Larson served as Massachusetts Secretary of Economic Affairs, Massachusetts Secretary of Consumer Affairs, and Chairman of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. She served as a Deputy Director of Consumer Protection of the Federal Trade Commission. She was a partner of Foley, Hoag and Eliot LLP, a law firm. Ms. Larson holds several board positions. Ms. Larson graduated from Vassar College and earned her law degree at the University of Virginia.



Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson is the founder and chairman of The Standish Group. He has been professionally involved in the computer industry for over 40 years and has a long list of published books, papers, articles and speeches. He has a combination of technical, marketing, and research achievements focused on mission-critical applications and technology. He is best known for his research on project performance and early recognizing technology trends. Jim is a pioneer of modern research techniques and continues to advance in the research industry through case-based analytical technology.


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Rick Brutti has more than 30 years as an entrepreneur and business consultant, assisting companies in raising capital and financial management.


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