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1,242 - Having Difficulty Reaching a Group Decision

September 12th, 2016

Episode 453 of 489 episodes

Is it better to be right or to get out of that meeting a few minutes earlier? Find out in this episode about getting everyone in a group to agree. Slow dialog: 1:10 Explanations: 3:17 Fast dialog: 17:05 Derrick: That does it. I give up! Liz: Don’t lose heart. We’ll come to a consensus sooner or later. Derrick: No, we won’t. We’re hopelessly deadlocked. Liz: It’s true we’re evenly split right now, but we only need one person to change their mind to break the tie. Derrick: The trouble is, everybody seems to have made up their minds and they’re beginning to dig in their heels. Liz: Before they do, let’s take one more vote. Maybe somebody has changed their mind. Derrick: I doubt it. Nobody wants to be outvoted so both sides are trying to maintain the status quo. They’d rather be deadlocked than on the losing side. Liz: But if we don’t reach an agreement, we’ll have to come back tomorrow and continue our discussions and deliberations. Derrick: You’re right! I can’t spend another day in this room. I’ve held out long enough. Liz: What do you mean? Derrick: The only way I’m getting out of here is to change sides! Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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