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…

Illustrative Flexibillity Matrix

Tripe Constraint Theory: How to Facilitate a Flexibility Matrix

Triple constraint theory suggests that it is not realistic to expect to build the fastest, the cheapest, and the highest quality. Typically, something has to “give.” While most executive sponsors aspire for all three characteristics, the nature of group decision-making suggests that time, cost, and quality are the three most important considerations, yet we need…

8 Meeting Purposes

8 Meeting Purposes – What Tasks Are You Asking a Group to Complete?

Effective meetings are first based on clear line of sight to the end result, preferably something that can be documented.  All too often meeting purposes rely on determining WHAT the deliverable ought be. For most groups, this clearly indicates weak methodology.  Here are the eight most common reasons or meeting purposes and some of the benefits and problems…

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…

Transform Force-Field Analysis into Actions

How to Facilitate Transforming Force-Field Analysis into Actions

This force-field analysis tool modifies and improves upon a similar approach called “pros & cons.” Force-field analysis helps groups identify and prioritize opportunities for improvement, especially among project teams.  Force-field analysis makes it easier for groups to organize their thinking while encouraging thoughtful exploration.  Once supportive and hindering forces are identified, the group analyzes their impact, leading to ideas and actions that reinforce the…

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…