Meeting Inclusiveness

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…

Projects Intended For Results

A Toolbox for Facilitating Team Charters and Project Plans

You can create additional time for yourself by facilitating team charters with members who build their own activities and support requirements to help you reach your project objectives.  Modern leaders facilitate the development of consensually owned team charters, including work breakdown structure (WBS).  Project Tools (below in italics) will help you build robust team charters and projects plans. For your benefit, each link takes…

Stakeholder Analysis

How to Build Stakeholder Analysis and Consensual Understanding

Stakeholder analysis begins when stakeholders are identified by examining the way that they interact with the organization in providing or receiving services or benefits. Stakeholders may include external or internal persons, groups, systems, and other organizations that interact with the organizational group or a specific process. Process Stakeholders are identified by examining  contributions to the…

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…

Stimulate the Senses

The Positive Psychology of Chenille Stems: How to Make Everything Seem Easier

If you seek innovation and breakthrough during your group meetings or workshops, do not clone yourself.  Constantly strive to blend and mix various ingredients and participants.  But be prepared to keep them all stimulated.  We call it the “Zen” of the experience—that is appealing to all the senses to stimulate and maintain vibrancy. As you…

14 Typologies to Avoid

14 Facilitator Typologies to Avoid (Humorous, Although Uncannily Real)

In light of upcoming Holiday Spirit, here is a quick and somewhat humorous listing of fourteen different facilitator typologies or “personalities” you might seek to avoid. My favorite is “The Pretender.” The “I Can’t Hear You” Guy—The facilitator who refuses to listen, probably because they are too busy analyzing, judging, and processing information. The Blabber—The…

Change Management

Seven Top Skills for Managing Change in an Enterprise or Organization

To improve or enhance your personal capacities and to help you understand what skills to seek in others that support effective change, we have isolated seven top skills. These skills are those most frequently identified by employers according to Syracuse University public-affairs professor Bill Coplin, author of “10 Things Employers Want You To Learn In…

Political Factors

Questions about Political Factors that Impact the Amount of Meeting Risk (4 of 5)

This is the fourth of a five-part discussion, providing a method for evaluating the relative risk of a meeting or workshop. Method The method follows the steps below: Review the risk assessment questions from prior worksheets or those that follow. Use the FAST risk analysis worksheets to capture your answers and compute a score. Use…

Complexity Factors

Questions about Complexity Factors that Impact the Amount of Meeting Risk (3 of 5)

This is the third of a five-part discussion, providing a method for evaluating the relative risk of a meeting or workshop. Method The method follows the steps below: Review the risk assessment questions from prior worksheets or those that follow. Use the FAST risk analysis worksheets to capture your answers and compute a score. Use…

Effective Meeting Wrap-up

Four Activities for an Efficient and Effective Meeting Wrap-up

Here is how to facilitate the four most important activities to properly conduct a meeting wrap-up: 1-Review, 2-Next Steps, 3-Communications, and 4-Assessment. None of the following should ever be skipped entirely, so expand and contract based on your situation and constraints. 1-Review Do not relive the meeting; simply review the outputs, decisions, assignments, etc. Focus…