Executing Your Strategy

Facilitators’ Overview of the HBR Book Executing Your Strategy

Executing Your Strategy was published by Harvard Business School Press and written by two MG RUSH alumni. The tightly woven book provides instruction on how to transform strategy into projects. Writers Morgan and Malek (both previously professors at Stanford University), spoke with us about the importance of professional facilitation to both “plan your work” (strategy) and…

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Three Questions for Clarity and Precision

Three Precise Questions that Improve Group Clarity and Build Consensus

We have learned during facilitated meetings and workshops, that it’s not easy for participants to respond to broad questions like “How do you solve global hunger?”  While meaningful, the question’s scope is too broad (and perhaps vague) to stimulate specific, actionable (ie, SMART) responses like “We could convert eight abandoned mine shafts in Somalia to create…

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Risks Over Time

38 Proven Questions to Determine and Mitigate Meeting Risk Factors

The MG RUSH meeting and workshop risk assessment method derives from answering a series of questions about a project, its stakeholders, and meeting participants. Our meeting risk assessment method is based on project risk assessment work completed by F. Warren McFarlan and James McKenney of Harvard Business School. Workshop risk should be assessed for every…

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SCAMPER is a Mnemonic Prompt

SCAMPER is a Mnemonic Prompt for Excellent, Impromptu Questions

SCAMPER provides a ‘hip-pocket’ tool; ie, an unplanned method of developing appropriate questions on an impromptu basis. With SCAMPER, you may also take raw input (ie, first-cut ideation lists) and challenge participants to calibrate their raw input into something closer to the form of the answer being sought. Use the questions prompted by SCAMPER to…

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Chairing Meetings

16 Valuable Tips and Considerations when Chairing Meetings

Many skills required to facilitate also apply to chairing meetings. Success begins with vision and meeting vision comes alive by articulating the purpose, scope, and objectives in advance.  Other considerations that support successful facilitating or chairing rely heavily on people skills such as: Ability to trust in the good nature of the human spirit, even in high-risk situations…

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