Structured Facilitation Begins with Your Holarchy

Holarchy: The Discipline of Structured Facilitation Contrasted to Kum-Ba-Yah

The discipline of structured facilitation differs from what we respectfully refer to as “Kum Ba Yah” or “warm and fuzzy” facilitation that frequently begins by co-creating ground rules. Most corporate environments simply do not afford enough time to follow the slow but sure path of building trust and camaraderie among participants. The holarchy provides a…

Same Height?

Be on Guard for Selective Perception and other Meeting Participant Biases

Guard against selective perception.  As their session leader, remember that everything heard in a meeting or workshop is interpreted and filtered differently by participants. They will hear or see differently based on their individual biases, or colored lenses. To illustrate the point, the vastly different pictures below are all from the same area in space…

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…

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…

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…