Concern, Influence, and Control

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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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…

Agile Facilitation

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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“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…

How to Facilitate Multiple Presenters

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,…

Questions to Ask Preparing for Strategy Execution

4 Phases: Strategy Execution Map, Great Questions to Ask

Discovering and creating a Strategy Execution Map may proceed in four phases: Preparation:  Evidence-based discussion relies on facts, opinions, and perceptions gathered during a workshop from key stakeholders.  See the questions below to guide your agenda and construct for a Strategy Execution Map. Education:  This phase will describe the process end-to-end to establish a common vocabulary…

FAST is a Better Idea for Facilitating Complex Issues

The FAST Technique and How FAST Helps You Succeed

The structured FAST technique ensures more effective meetings and workshops when you require group input, building consensus, and decision-making quality.  If you want to succeed at your personally led meetings, teams, and groups of people, the structured FAST technique will make you more successful as a leader, facilitator, and methodologist. Most academic books, classes, and courses focus on the individual;…

Stategic Execution Blocks

Facilitating Strategy Execution Map, Implicit Role and Structure

Facilitating Strategy Execution refers to all the processes, activities, and tasks required to convert business strategy into results.  Organizations need a strategy execution map to gain and sustain competitive advantage.  The characteristics of a Strategy Execution Map include: A formal, structured, and systematic approach (ie, process) A high-level, visual blueprint for strategy execution (ie, output)…

Three Valid Meeting Types

3 Review Meetings: Operational, Strategy, and Strategy Renewal

  Deliverables should drive meetings, even review meetings.  Face-to-face time is too expensive to hold unstructured discussions and hope some of it sticks.  Here are three strong reasons for review meetings and additional comments on the different types of deliverables, frequency, and structure for each.  3 Review Meetings Operational Review  Strategy Review Strategy Renewal Meeting…

Structure Your Meetings for Consistent Outputs

Unstructured Meeting Costs Rise: Use a FAST Technique

Meeting costs to American businesses as a result of poorly run meetings (typically unstructured) is staggering. Recent surveys indicate that on average managers waste: 8.5 hours per week for low level management 10.4 hours per week for middle level management 11.5 hours per week for senior level management As a strong and effective facilitator, you…