How to Facilitate and Make Your Staff Meeting More Effective

Your regularly scheduled staff meeting may not be an event that your staff anticipates.  In fact, some employees might prefer having a root canal.  At least with a root canal, pain medication is provided.  Why are many staff meetings hated and what can you do about yours? Have Clear Purpose and Scope for Your Staff Meeting…

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How to Recognize Diversity, Ensuring Meeting Inclusiveness

The primary responsibility of a facilitator is to protect the participants. Furthermore, the facilitator helps drive the group toward its desired deliverable. Since the deliverable is built to serve the participants, people should take priority over the issues.  To some extent, both people and issues are managed by creating an environment that is conducive to…

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Scope Creep Kills: Facilitate Concern, Influence, and Control

Scope creep kills projects. It also kills meetings. The consensual sphere of Concern, Influence, and Control helps a group become mindful of aspects that could alter the groups attitudes, beliefs, and decisions. The consensual sphere of Concern, Influence, and Control helps a group to focus, on one issue at a time, or one aspect at a time.…

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Use the Fist of Five to Test for Consensus on Contextual Issues

The Fist of Five approach combines the speed of thumbs up/ down and displays the degrees of agreement that can support more complicated decision spectrums. Using this tool, people vote using their hands and display fingers to represent their degree of support. Fist of Five Method When a group comes to consensus on an issue, it means that everyone in the group can…

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How to Facilitate Prioritization and Build Consensus Quickly

Every meeting leader needs to have a simple tool to quickly facilitate prioritization and consensus around basic issues.  Use our PowerBall method to build consensus in minutes, not hours. Rationale to Facilitate Prioritization It’s faster to get a group to agree on what NOT to discuss anymore.  Therefore, apply the Pareto Principle (aka 80-20 Rule) to help a…

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7 Reasons Why Agile Facilitation is Powerful, if Not Redundant

We love Agile.  You should too.  For most of you, some version of Agile methodology will eventually replace waterfall SDLC (software development life-cycle) and PDLC (product development life-cycle).  For many of you, it already has.  Agile facilitation are terms so intertwined, one could claim they are nearly redundant, yet remarkably powerful. Agile methodology compelled us…

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Five Meeting Problems and What You Should Do About Them

Ever develop that sense of deja vu about not getting anywhere during a meeting?  Meeting problems are indicative of resistance that is generated during a meeting.  Resistance can be prevented and mitigated with professional behavior.  Here’s what to do about meeting problems. 1.  Lack of clear purpose All too frequently, meetings are held for the primary benefit…

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“The distribution of collaborative work is often extremely lopsided . . .”

Success in complex organizations depends increasingly on collaborative work.  No one person has all the answers.  Yet collaboration and teamwork are not heavily promoted. Get Your FAST Weekly Ready to lead better, more productive meetings? Every Thursday, FAST Weekly brings you fresh, insightful alternatives to the way you may be leading meetings and workshops.Subscribe now…

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How to Manage a Problem Person During Meetings

A problem person is a meeting distraction and their message is ineffective because of some characteristic that gets in the way of clearly communicating. “Politikos” — Nature of the Problem Person The term ‘Politikos’ means ‘the science of people.  You deal more ably with participants as you gain more experience.  However, there is a certain…

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How You Can Convert Meeting Conflict into More Robust Decision-making

There is no instructional class in the world that will teach you how to facilitate a resolution to all meeting conflict.  Sometimes, people or parties refuse to agree simply because they do not like each other.  Fortunately you can rely on a three-step method that helps manage meeting conflict and secure consensus that is repeatable…

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“Customer Moat: Unveiling the Secrets of Business Strategy”

Eddie Sung (Author) has released an easily readable book, Customer Moat: Unveiling the Secrets of Business Strategy, that some might call a primer.  Although his discussion does not break new ground (like “Blue Ocean Strategy), he brings life and enjoyable reading to the basics of profit building, illustrating the complex interrelationship of customer voice mixed…

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The Most Effective Facilitator Avoids Using the Word “I”

As an effective facilitator, stop using the word “I”. For some, it is quite natural to substitute the plural “we” or “us”.  For others, it remains a significant challenge.  If you find it is a challenge, consider this opportunity as the number one change you can make to become a more effective facilitator. We have witnessed…

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How to Facilitate a Conference with Multiple Presentations

During a recent four-day conference, we facilitated more than 20 speakers and multiple presentations with very distinctive topics ranging from embracing social responsibility to utilizing Google® Hangouts for small groups.  Our approach was highly applauded so we are sharing it with you, so that you can become a more effective facilitator. As the FAST technique instructs,…

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