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. Therefore, 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…

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…

Normalize Discussions

How to Structure and Normalize Discussions Around “Many to Many”

The purpose of this topic helps groups focus and normalize discussions when there are many symptoms, causes, preventions, and cures that should be considered. In most meetings, an array of multiple agents or actors need to act through a new plan or process. You need to structure and normalize discussions to get more done quickly. Normalize…

Two-column Guardian of Change

Meetings Should Include a Communications Plan: Guardian of Change

Stakeholders ask meeting participants, “What happened in the meeting?” It’s a good idea to sound like all attended the same meeting. To ensure that participants harmonize their “elevator speech” (also known as coffee pot, issue bin, and other 30-second synopsis of events or issues), quickly facilitate and get the group to agree on what they…

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…