Alignment Illustration

How to Facilitate Alignment and Confirm Balance

When you facilitate alignment, you help groups identify gaps, omissions, overkill, and to confirm the appropriateness and balance of their action plan. Rationale to Facilitate Alignment Building consensus around alignment can be very challenging, especially if you facilitate exclusively in the narrative world (ie, written words). Therefore, the FAST method suggests the use of icons (see…

Building a Meeting Agenda

Four Sequential Steps Toward Building a Meeting Agenda Owned By Participants

Use these four sequential steps when building a meeting agenda.  Sequentially begin with meeting purpose, scope, and session (ie, meeting or workshop) deliverables. Only then can you create a simple agenda and begin sharing among your participants. Method Towards Building a Meeting Agenda Because you want to help your participants to think clearly, do the following, in the sequence provided when building…

Scrum Facilitation

Agile’s Scrum Facilitation – Who Facilitates and When?

The Agile mindset demands frequent interaction among its project stakeholders. Perhaps more so with Scrum, than other frameworks. From Daily Scrum meetings to Sprint Retrospective meetings held every one to four weeks, having a formal facilitator or being a facilitative participant adds tremendously to successful Sprints. So, more importantly, who facilitates Scrum facilitation and when?…

Facilitation Skills Balance Leadership, Facilitation, and Methodology

Strong Facilitation Skills Guarantee More Successful Meetings

Successful leaders have one thing in common: Strong facilitation skills. What are these facilitation skills and how many do you need to lead a successful meeting? Depending on who you ask, there may be: 6 Essential Facilitator Skills 9 Meeting Facilitation Skills 9 Facilitation Skill Competencies Top 11 Facilitator Skills and of course, many, many…

Action Plan = Assignments

How to Build Action Plans with Shared Ownership and Accountability

To build action plans that transfer ownership and accountability to your meeting participants, begin with the right questions, in the right sequence. Be one of the few facilitators who understand that ownership transfers instantly because participants contribute to WHO does WHAT by WHEN, the primary components of any plan. Consequently, whether you’re planning includes strategies, initiatives,…

Smart Goals

Six Strategy-Crushing Mistakes Organizations Make And How You Can Rise Above the Rubble (Part 2 of 2)

By Mark Morgan, CEO and Founder of StratEx Advisors, Inc. Part 2: How You Can Rise Above the Rubble There may be a hundred ways to leave your lover, as the old song goes. But there are only three fundamental things needed to get a strategy executed and prevent strategy-crushing results. Take it from the top.…

Premier Facilitators

Twelve Behaviors that Define Great Facilitators

  Today we bring you twelve significant behaviors that define successful, professional facilitators. (ie, GREAT Facilitators) Our scope focuses on structured facilitation (NOT Kum-Bah-Yah) that requires a balanced blend of leadership, facilitation, and methodology. (An alpha sort sequences the following, not order of importance). 7:59 AM preparation and interviews 
(ie, managing expectations and ownership) — Increased experience forces top…

Illustrative Eleven Person of Quantitative SWOT Analysis

Quantitative SWOT Analysis Makes it Easier & Faster to Build Consensus

Quantitative SWOT analysis is the result of contrasting the internal, controllable aspects of the organization (ie, Strengths and Weaknesses) with the external, uncontrollable situational factors (ie, Opportunities and Threats) and then aggregating the numeric scoring of the actions an organization might take to reach its goals and objectives. Qualitative situational analysis[1] provides a poor method…

DQ Spider Chart

Questions to Ask If Using a Decision Quality Spider Chart (DQ Spider)

When making decisions, consider testing for decision quality (DQ)[1] so that you can avoid having another meeting.  Therefore, a quick method involves testing your options against your purpose to gauge alignment and support.  The DQ Spider offers an more robust method. First, remember that the FAST Technique defines consensus as a decision good enough that it ‘will be supported’…