Keeping Groups Mentally Sharp

Challenge the Status Quo, such as “We don’t do things that way around here.”

Those of you familiar with the MG RUSH curriculum remember the challenge of the “bookworm” exercise that only one or two students get correct per year. Here is another similar, quickly run challenge to test groups resistant to change or inclined to simply “vote on things.” Remember, Challenge the Status Quo. Framing Answer Add an “A”…

Facilitating Different Priorities

Facilitating ‘Genetic’ Differences: Similar Values with Different Priorities

Most meeting participants embrace a set of similar values with different priorities.The difference lies in their relative strength, or ranking of the values. Participants’ rankings however are not static. Their ranking modulates based on their perspective at the moment. Hiring Characteristics as an Example When selecting, interviewing, and hiring associates, most human relations experts would…

People Learn Differently

The Way People Think Affects How You Intervene to Build Consensus

Differences — People think differently. As session leader, you empower participants and their ability to understand and communicate with each other. You also enable them to think creatively about their business. The following two subjects deal with the way people think—horizontal/ vertical thinking and paradigms. Horizontal/ Vertical Participants in a workshop argue over a seemingly simple…

Interactive Listening

10 Tips for Better Interactive Listening: It’s Not How You Act but How You React

For meeting participants to own the solution, they must also own the problem. Therefore, to be more effective as a facilitator, drop the first person singular terms “I” and “me”.  Additionally, stop offering solutions to ‘their’ problem, and quit judging and evaluating their contributions. Instead, challenge them to make their thinking clearer. 1. Hence, with…