Meeting Announcement

Meeting Announcement Considerations Prior to Shipping a Pre-Read

Before you send a meeting or workshop pre-read to participants, consider a formal meeting announcement rather than an informal calendar invite. If accepted, follow-up the announcement with the invite, and then your pre-read package. While all of the following is not necessary, put yourself in the position of the participant. Therefore, ask yourself, “Would I…

Meeting Introduction, Why Individual Decisions are Made

Neuroeconomics and Neurofacilitation: Rational Decisions Maximize Utility

World scientists are striving to map activity in the human brain. Presumably, a map of neural activity will shed light on how the brain works and how choices are made. Concurrently, there has been an upsurge in related fields seeking to understand human nature and behavior change: neuroaccounting, neuroeconomics, neurotics, neurofinance, neuroleadership, neurolinguisics, neuromanagement, neuromarketing,…

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”…

Increase Friendliness by Avoiding Podiums

Nonverbal Expressions: How to (Not) Gesture while Facilitating

Nonverbal expressions, like words (see Facilitate Meaning, Not Words), connote multiple messages. After you finish this article, you will be strongly tempted to embrace the MG RUSH recommendation—ie; keep your elbows tucked in, your hands below your heart, and keep them open, facing up. Some would call this approach, keeping your hands to yourself. For…

Seven Deadly Sins of Facilitating

What to Do About the Seven Deadly Sins of Facilitating (in alphabetical order):

You’ve heard plenty about what to do, but the Seven Deadly Sins of Facilitating also suggest what NOT to do. The following are real, powerful, and sequenced alphabetically. Assuming: Simply because the facilitator hears what was said does not imply everyone heard what was said. The key to active listening is through reflection. Whether it’s audio…

Illustrative SIPOC: Planning Agenda Yielding Who Does What by When

A Simple Planning Agenda for Agreeing on WHO Does WHAT by WHEN

Any type of descriptive or prescriptive plan, process, or series of activities can then be illustrated with a simple process flow diagram. A process flow diagram describes WHO does WHAT by WHEN, in support of some agreed upon purpose. Therefore, here is a simple method you can use as your planning agenda. Rationale for Agreeing on a Simple Planning Agenda Groups…

Race Against Time: Speed of Decision-making

Speed of Decision-making | When Quality Not Enough

According to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Martin Dempsey, “Power is no longer simply the sum of capability and capacity but now, disproportionately, it includes speed—speed of action but especially speed of decision-making.” (source: WSJ, Voices on the Future) For any consensual and well-informed decision, however, consider at least seven…