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). Structured facilitation requires a balanced blend of leadership, facilitation, and methodology. (An alpha sort sequences the following, not order of importance). The first three behaviors: 7:59 AM preparation and interviews 
(ie, managing expectations and ownership).…

The Single Question Approach

Avoid Asking “How Do We Solve Global Hunger?” with the Single Question Approach

Not all situations are covered by cookbook agendas or avail a methodologist to help. Therefore, the facilitator must develop their approach another way. Use the Single Question Approach to develop new questions that lead to a meeting method complete with a detailed agenda. The Single Question Approach breaks down the big question that will provide…

Evidence-based Management

Trending Towards Evidence-based Management for Decision-making

The Economist reports that “Some apartment building owners now require tenants provide a DNA sample of their dog so that unscooped poop can be penalized.” Alex Pentland of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has invented a “sociometric” badge that measures tone of voice, gestures, and propensity to talk or listen. The current trend towards evidence-based…

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’…

Meeting Graphics: Mandala

Why care about meeting graphics and illustrations? Visual Basics

Illustrations help capture concepts, ideas, and processes which replace the use of words. Why should we care about meeting graphics and illustrations? Therefore, illustrations enable participants to… Agree on concepts Create a memorable strategic plan for vision, mission and objectives Explore complex ideas Find common ground and overcome communication problems Identify key problems “See” what we mean…

How to Facilitate Board Meetings

5 Tips on How to Facilitate Board Meetings (or Committees)

You may effectively facilitate Board Meetings by relying on Robert’s Rules of Order, however, blend in facilitative leadership skills to improve your decision quality. In 1876 General Henry M. Robert wrote the rules of American Congress (Parliamentary Procedure) for all citizens and societal groups with his publication of Pocket Manual of Rules of Order. Nearly…

MG RUSH FAST Facilitation Leadership Weekly

Lunch and Learn: MG RUSH Structured Facilitation Gems or Takeaways

Prepared as a Lunch and Learn guide, you will find twelve FAST Structured Facilitation gems worth remembering. You will find them listed in alphabetical order, rather than order of importance. From the perspectives of curriculum developers, instructors, and students, please find the most significant learnings offered by the MG RUSH curriculum and structured facilitation technique. ONE:…

How to Facilitate Root Cause Analysis

How to Facilitate KPIs or Root Cause Analysis — an Ishikawa Diagram

You can facilitate KPI (Key Performance Indicators) during meetings by using root cause analysis. Also referred to as Ishikawa or “fishbone” diagrams, the method generates a visual mind map listing possible causes. Named after Professor Kaoru Ishakawa (University of Tokyo), he developed the root cause analysis method in 1945 to resolve steel production problems. Also known as “Fishbone”…

Concern, Influence, and Control

Scope Creep Kills: Facilitate Concern, Influence, and Control

Scope creep kills projects. It also kills meetings. The consensual sphere of Concern, Influence, and Control helps a group become mindful of aspects that could alter the groups attitudes, beliefs, and decisions. The consensual sphere of Concern, Influence, and Control helps a group to focus, on one issue at a time, or one aspect at a time.…