brainsteering

“Brainsteering” Recommends 5 Activities to Improve Brainstorming

Through more robust planning and preparation, the facilitator and methodologist can do much to amplify the brainstorming tool. Here are five activities to help you. The Harper-Collins book “Brainsteering: A Better Approach to Breakthrough Ideas” written by the brothers Kevin and Shawn Coyne reinforces these five, highly practical considerations to facilitate effective innovation sessions. Develop Optimal…

Leadership Style

Leadership Style and How to Improve Yours Quickly

Leadership style depends largely on the flow of content: Directive—one-way, Consultative—equal partner in content, and Exploratory—facilitative, not adding content. Directive A leader who predominantly gives direction and guidance with little participation or content added by the group characterizes this leadership style. Directive leadership is appropriate when the purpose is to share information quickly and clearly,…

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…

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…

How to Actively Listen Relies on Reflection

The 4 Steps of Active Listening – Strive to Reflect Rationale

Active listening captures one of the most important aspects of effective facilitation. As an active listener, you feedback (emphasize, restate) what the speaker has offered to the group, and more importantly, why. Be sure to reflect the rationale, the ‘because’ behind the speaker’s main point. Active listening serves several purposes: Often, the participant is formulating…

Meeting Problem Causes

How to Get Promising Meetings to Fail: Four Causes of Meeting Failure

Sometimes meetings that look promising before they begin, fail unexpectedly. Four primary causes of meeting failure deserve your attention. They sneak up on groups, ill-prepared to anticipate or mitigate them. Participants need your awareness about these meeting failures as their meeting leader and facilitator. First of Four Meeting Failure Causes: The Problem with Solving First,…

How to Facilitate Ideation

Facilitate Innovation By Using the Brainstorming Tool as Intended

Product innovation provides a significant life force and has become a strategic priority for most companies and organizations. An IBM poll of fifteen hundred CEOs identified creativity as the number one “leadership competency” of the future. A new and remarkable discovery is that the ability to facilitate innovation and innovative ideas is not merely a function…