Meeting Competence

9 Tips Proven to Increase Meeting Competence and Output Quality

Without effective leadership, you can win the agenda but lose the meeting. Meeting competence demands that you take responsibility to prevent collective incompetence. For example, do not allow ‘showboating’ and meetings within meetings. Additionally, consider the following suggestions to improve meeting competence. Meeting Competence Considers . . . Acronyms and BuzzWords—Create a visual legend for…

How Facilitated Leadership Can Help You Overcome 7 Common Project Pitfalls

How Facilitated Leadership Can Help You Overcome 7 Common Project Pitfalls

Facilitative leadership provides the best assurance that team leads/ project managers can overcome project pitfalls. Borrowing from the PMBoK (ie, Project Management Institute Body of Knowledge) and other published sources, following are seven of the most common project pitfalls. A discussion about each follows below. 7 Project Pitfalls Abandonment of Planning Feature (Scope) Creep Omitting…

Better Listeners

How You Can Help Your Meeting Participants Become Better Listeners

The facilitator is ideally situated to help meeting participants become better listeners. Dr Ralph Nichols, “Father of the Field of Listening”, notes three behaviors that perfectly align with the roles of facilitator, and you ought exhibit, which will create better listeners during meetings. First of all, anticipate the speaker’s next point
. As facilitator, your anticipation helps shape your…

The Information (a book by James Gleick)

Information is Physical — The Information (a brief review of James Gleick’s treatise)

Information is Physical “To do anything requires energy. To specify what is done requires information.” –Seth Lloyd (2006) c/o James Gleick “The Information: a History, a Theory, a Flood” released by First Vintage Books in march 2012, and written by James Gleick © 2011, will leave you exhilarated with the implications of information as a…

Content Neutrality

Content Neutrality — Take Only Photographs, Leave Only Bubbles

Content neutrality describes the single most important trait of an effective facilitator. As a YMCA-certified SCUBA diver, we heard “take only photographs and leave only bubbles.”  Likewise, an effective facilitator should take only participant input and leave only a thorough trail of documentation and rationale. You will find this premise emphasized in the 27th verse of…

Meeting Participation (Preparation)

Tips for Improved Participation in Meetings

Great meetings include certain, repeatable characteristics. A high level of participation in meetings frequently indicates the likelihood of a great meeting.  What encourages participation? Here are some meeting participation tips worth reviewing. We share select characteristics with you through the sequence they would occur in a well-conducted meeting; namely the beginning, the middle, and the…