Easel Sample

Improve Now — How to Use Easels When Facilitating Meetings and Workshops

The National Speakers’ Association once stated that the most important change speakers could make to be more effective would be to be more facilitative. By that, they meant the use of interaction, solicitation, and capture of participants’ ideas. Whether you are a speaker, teacher, coach, or traditional facilitator, it is good to develop competence around…

How to Manage Group Conflict Resulting in Higher Quality Deliverables

Don’t Run! Learn How to Manage Group Conflict

A meeting without conflict is a boring meeting, and we’ve seen very little value derived from predictable and unexciting meetings and workshops. Internal and external conflict reflect emotions that, when harnessed, enable creative change. So rather than run, learn how to understand and manage group conflict. Additionally, the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) aspires for…

Fuzzy - Focus on What is Right, NOT Who is Right

Higher Decision Quality Focuses on ‘WHAT’ is Right, NOT ‘WHO’ is Right

Decision making frequently includes fuzzy information, fuzzy implications, and fuzzy thinking.  To reduce fuzziness, and amplify higher decision quality, drive your group to focus on What is right, NOT Who is right. By structuring your inquiry and methodology, you help minimize the risk of decisions made that may not be more than educated gambles. Some cultures…

science of teamwork

The New Science of Teamwork: Is it new or just MG RUSH Professional Facilitation at work?

The lead article in the March-April (2017) Harvard Business Review reads like a promotion for our MG RUSH Professional Leadership, Facilitation, and Methodology training. The principal recommendations in Johnson and Christfort’s article, The New Science of Teamwork, have been a mainstay in our curriculum for over ten years now. With the research they amassed to support their…

3 Steps to Conflict Resolution

4 Steps to Conflict Resolution: Purpose, Active Listening, Alignment, and Escalation

Resolve conflict within a meeting or workshop by understanding, clarifying, and confirming the purpose of the decision being discussed. Effective conflict resolution depends on shared purpose. Competing purposes will lead to competing solutions. There is no instructional class in the world that will teach you how to facilitate a resolution to all meeting conflict. Sometimes,…

Meeting Documenters, meeting documentation

If it wasn’t documented, it didn’t happen — Meeting Documenters

Don’t overlook the importance of meeting documenters. The document produced from an MG RUSH workshop provides the raw data for project deliverables. The meeting becomes a waste of time if meeting notes are not clear and accurate. During lengthy, critical, and modeling workshops, you should solicit support to help with your documentation. It is important…

RACI - Roles and Responsibilities

How to Transform a Roles and Responsibility Matrix into a GANTT Chart

Here’s how to create a Gantt chart or basic timeline when your discussion or meeting deliverable includes assignments for actions that have already been built or identified. As a result of capturing the additional inputs below, you develop consensual understanding from your group’s roles and responsibility matrix (RACI or RASI or LACTI). (1) WHO will take…