Structuring Meetings

Compelling Reasons for Structured Meetings — Positive Impact on Stakeholders

The dynamism of business wisdom demands the application of knowledge, stuff that is ‘in−formation’ (not static). Compound those dynamics with the challenge of organizing a group of people, where nobody is smarter than everybody. Groups of people fail (or operate at sub-optimal levels) either because they don’t care, don’t have the talent, or don’t know…

Purposes of Meetings

94 Different Purposes of Meetings Based on More than 12 Factors

While by no means ‘exhaustive’, we researched and assembled various meeting types and purposes of meetings from dozens of sources, too many to provide attribution for a brief blog (write us if you want more detail). We discovered it somewhat humorous that the world does not even agree on the definition of a ‘type.’ We…

From Planning to Rewards

Core Competency: Planning Intends to Change Minds, Not Simply Make Plans

Facilitating a planning session makes you a change agent. Even President Eisenhower (then General) was known to say, “ In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” While an effective facilitator keeps their group focused on the meeting output (ie, deliverable), the real work begins when the…

Range of Meeting Leadership Styles

Understanding the Time and Place for Individual Versus Group Decisions

The continuum of leadership behavior provides one context for understanding the best time and place for individual decisions versus group decisions. That continuum, as illustrated below, ranges from the completely subordinate-centered approach to the completely leader-centered approach. In between these extremes are another four types that blend or offset the “center” perspective. Both approaches can…

Something is Missing Here

What Important Key is Missing from Most Group Approaches to Problem Solving ?

A lot of wise, published, and acclaimed authors simply do not ‘get it.’ Presumably, most spend time in classroom environments and doing research, but less frequently do they practice what they preach.What is missing from most group approaches to problem solving, that must appear transparent to most writers, but is not? Capturing a sense of…

Smart People Make Dumb Decisions

When Smart People Make Dumb Decisions – How To Improve Group Decisions

According to experts in an emerging field called the Science of Choice, everyone can learn to make higher quality decisions. In fact, smart people make dumb decisions with alarming regularity. First, understand the primary cause of poor individual decisions—overconfidence. Then realize that one of the reasons groups make higher quality decisions than the smartest person…

Balanced Scorecard

Balanced Scorecard Demands Strategy-Focused Facilitation

Five principles of successful organizations emerged from Kaplan and Norton’s research on successful Balanced Scorecard adaptors. The five principles describe the key elements of building an organization able to focus on strategy and deliver breakthrough results, and they depend heavily on effective facilitation and group ownership. The nineties are arguably the most worldwide productive in…

Probability Based Payoff Matrix

Payoff Matrix — Quick Wins, Tried and True, or Hail Mary Passes

Quick Wins are found in the Payoff Matrix shown in the “two by two” below provides the classic means of prioritizing your options. Using return (ie, Impact of the Solution) and investment (ie, Cost of Implementation, typically time or money) as the criteria dimensions, it sorts your options into one of four categories: Quick Win…

Workshops Versus Meetings -- Support the Life Cycle of Projects and Other Initiatives

Different Reasons for Hosting Workshops Versus Meetings

Understand the different reasons for hosting workshops versus meetings.  Workshops focus on singular topics and strive to build impactful deliverables.  Meetings tend to follow one of three themes, to . . . Endorse or decide Inform Monitor and review Workshops on the other hand tend to focus on singular topics and strive to build impactful…