Strengthen Your Skills

Six Benefits by Improving Your Facilitative Leadership and Meeting Skills

As you amplify and increase your facilitative leadership skills, you and your team participants will become more successful. What is our measurement of success? Let us consider six substantial areas of success including: Consensual Understanding and Higher Quality Decisions Flexibility and Breaking through Stalemates and Deadlocks Impactful Groups through Improved Working Relationships Integral Decision-Making Knowledge…

WHY Are We Doing This

How to Help a Group Decide the WHY, WHAT, & HOW—Purpose, Criteria, & Options

To facilitate consensus around simple decision-making, consider the following scenario and do not forget to help the group articulate the purpose of the project your meeting supports. Let us say that four of us are taking a trip from Minneapolis to New Orleans. Consider the options, or how we might get there: Options (HOW) Aero…

Diamond in the Rough

The Powerful Affect of Professional Facilitation on New Product Development

Structured facilitation is frequently leveraged during project management, requirements gathering, process improvement, decision-making, look backs, and product development. Product development has been ignored somewhat without explicit references, so here is an overview of WHY facilitation is critical to top line growth by exploring the voice of the customer. The number one cause of failure for…

Host Facilitated Sessions

Five Compelling Business Reasons: Why Host Facilitated Sessions

The most important action most people take every day is to make choices, to decide. Productivity is amplified when decisions are properly made. Choose wisely when to work alone, speak with another person, or call for a meeting. Here are five compelling reasons to host facilitated sessions: The advantages to a structured meeting or workshop include: Higher quality…

How to Manage Group Conflict Resulting in Higher Quality Deliverables

How to Manage Group Conflict Resulting in Higher Quality Deliverables

Don’t Run A facilitator sees conflict in a workshop coming from the group and coming from within. Internal and external conflict reflect emotions that, when harnessed, enable creative change. A facilitator must understand and manage conflict. A meeting without conflict is a boring meeting, and we’ve seen very little value derived from predictable and unexciting…

The Transforming Workplace

The Transforming Workplace

Facing consecutive days of back-to-back meetings, participants financially value the importance of well-run meetings. Traditionally, leaders have chaired meetings and exerted control over decision-making. As the workplace has transformed, and knowledge workers operate within a matrix of networks, modern leadership has also changed. Instead of dealing mostly with individuals (conversations or dyads), modern leaders more…