Fight the will to win or to lose, just for a moment:
- Try to seek compromise.
- Allow someone to save face.
- Merge ideas when possible
In the short term, especially without control, this method will drive you crazy.
You’ll notice meetings getting longer than before. Maybe someone over talks from time to time. In fact, you may even miss a deadline or two.
Give it time, though, and something interesting starts to happen. People start to feel engaged. The work gets far more creative. In most cases, more risk means more reward (especially in this risk adverse world we live in).
Ask yourself, is the short-term silence of victory worth the long-term growth of the team?