Overconfidence

How Experience and Qualifications Amplify the Fallacy of Planning (i.e., “Overconfidence”)

Research by Ana Guinote and Mario Weick shows that people in positions of power are particularly ineffective planners.  People who feel powerful focus on getting what they want and ignore the potential obstacles that stand in the way.  The planning efforts of powerful people rely frequently on “best case scenarios” and lead to far shorter…

Executing Your Strategy

Facilitators’ Overview of the HBR Book Executing Your Strategy

Executing Your Strategy was published by Harvard Business School Press and written by two FAST alumni. The tightly woven book provides instruction on how to transform strategy into projects. Writers Morgan and Malek (both previously professors at Stanford University), spoke with us about the importance of professional facilitation to both “plan your work” (strategy) and “work your…

Heterogeneity Factors

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

This is the fifth 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…

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…

Size Factors

Questions about Size Factors that Impact the Amount of Meeting Risk (2 of 5)

This is the second 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…

Information Sharing

Primary Types of Meetings and the Boundaries to Closely Manage

From one point of view, there are three primary types of business meetings: information sharing, instructional or directional task-related meetings, and facilitated or developed task-related meetings. Information Sharing Information sharing meetings involve mostly one-way communication with information presented from the speaker to the group.  This type of meeting includes the symposium, instructional groups, staff meetings,…

Meeting Challenges

Some of the Challenges and Costs Associated with Hosting Meetings

Meetings are frequently a fix for poor leadership. Most would rather go to a movie than sit in a two-hour meeting. Even poor movies have a beginning, middle, and end. Meetings are very expensive. Today’s business world is asymmetric, and holding meetings to share information may be a poor use of precious resources. Information updates are…

Effective Training

4 Considerations Providing & Participating in Effective Training

Training activities enhance knowledge base and also offer employees a reason not to leave an organization. Professional development remains a highly effective retention method. Unfortunately, when organizations make budget cuts, training and education frequently suffer first. While intended to help control costs, less knowledgeable employees will not be able to maintain competitive advantage, and innovation…