Ice Breaker Tip

Building Agendas to Deliver the Output You Need from Your Meeting

You should use these steps building agendas because following them will increase your meeting success and personal reputation. Before we begin, let us remember the definition of a solid, structured meeting agenda: Agenda Defined An agenda is a series of steps that structure a group discussion throughout a meeting or workshop. The MG RUSH technique provides field-tested…

Becoming a Humane Human

Become a Humane Human, Understand WHY Behind WHAT

Road Rage. Have you been irritated by someone else’s driving? Of course, we all have. Today I realized however that I am likely guilty of doing the precise thing that others have done to piss me off. However, when I did it, there was justification—of course. When they did the same thing however, they were…

Power of the Single Cell

Power of a Single Cell to Make Your Deliverables More Robust

With structured analysis, each piece of data or single cell might be decomposed another layer. Amplify this approach even further by splitting your four cells into sixteen. Therefore, see the chart below. We can now ask, generate, and record sixteen pieces of information on a large Post-It® for each assignment. Note how we take the…

Basic Decision Matrix

Facilitate a Decision Matrix to Document Supporting Rationale

A decision matrix supports both decision-making and decision quality at the same time. A decision matrix can be viewed as the ‘logic’ behind all decisions, providing the rational for both the support and reasons to de-select or de-emphasize one of the options. Method to Create a Decision Matrix Once “Purpose” to the object (ie, topic) has…

Not Meeting Conflict but Voting leads to lower quality decisions

Why Voting Leads to Bigger Numbers but Lower Quality Decisions

Western society, and to an increasing amount, the rest of the world, depends on the voting method of decision-making. Various levels of government including federal, state, and local elections rely on plurality voting, whereby one person equals one vote.   While some will argue that a benevolent autocrat provides a fairer form of governance, most democracies…

Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude Makes for More Powerful Facilitation

The evidence is overwhelming—those who have more gratitude, or an attitude of gratitude — are happier individuals. Although you won’t hear the term ‘happy’ very frequently in one of our meetings or workshops (because the word is both subjective and fuzzy), it seemed appropriate as people of the United States are celebrating their Thanksgiving period…

Make Your Agenda Steps Nouns to Describe What DONE Looks Like

Use Nouns (Objects) to Describe Your Meeting Agenda Steps – NOT Verbs

Nobody wants more meetings. Yet many of us find ourselves in meetings a few dozen hours per week (or more).  Why do we meet so frequently since seldom do meetings actually remove stuff from our “To-Do” list?  On the contrary, most meetings normally lead to more work. How do we fix this? Start with your…

Challenge Group Think

A Quick, 5-Minute Paradigm Exercise to Challenge Groupthink

We encourage professional facilitators to carry a toolbox. Include some intervention devices when you need to shake up your participants. Be prepared to challenge groupthink if you start hearing things like . . . That will never change. We don’t things like that around here. etc. . . . then you may want to jolt your…

Facilitation Reference Guide

Facilitation Reference Guide Supporting an IT Project Workshop

This Facilitation Reference Guide supports an IT project workshop. It begins with management perspective and understanding what needs to be delivered to be called a success. Some call this, “knowing what DONE looks like.” Facilitation Reference Guide — Preparation Phase First and foremost, articulate and codify the deliverables. Next understand the organizational holarchy and the…

Process Improvement Questions

Process Improvement Questions to Ask When Leading an Initiative

Organizational process improvement questions depends on perspective. Therefore, from an executive perspective, fewer participants and lower costs may indicate process improvement. However, from an employee or associate perspective, getting more done quickly and easily, without losing personnel, may indicate process improvement. Generally speaking, consensual answers to the following process improvement questions yield the type of…