Ideation Brainstorming Design Sprint

How to Facilitate Brainstorming: Ideation Primer and Analysis Overview

The term “brainstorming” is technically a gerund, a verb that wants to be a noun. A gerund implies more than one step or activity. Osborne’s original Applied Imagination, also knows as Brainstorming, relies on separate Ideation and Analysis activities. To facilitate brainstorming properly use ideation rules and analysis tools. When done poorly, it leaves a…

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Facilitate Meaning, Not Words

Facilitate Meaning, Not Words

One of the toughest tasks of a facilitator is to relinquish judgement and fully seek the intent behind the terms used in meetings. Therefore, facilitate meaning, not words. Structured workshops support the information revolution (as opposed to the 20th century industrial revolution). Therefore, remind participants that their words provide instruments supporting the meaning being conveyed. The term…

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Responsibility Matrix, Agenda Design, and Parking Lot Management

Responsibility Matrix, Agenda Design, and Parking Lot Management

We began posting Facilitation Best Practices in 2011. Find below our three most popular posts, including Parking Lot Management. Transform Your Responsibility Matrix into a GANTT Chart — Frequently we don’t get much actual “work” done in a business meeting. Rather, we learn, decide, and agree on activities that need advancing after the meeting. There…

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Host Facilitated Sessions

Five Compelling Business Reasons: Why Host Facilitated Sessions

The most important action most people take every day is to make choices, to decide. Properly made decisions amplify productivity. Choose wisely when to work alone, speak with another person, or call for a team meeting. Here are five compelling reasons to host facilitated sessions: Why host facilitated sessions? The advantages to a structured meeting or workshop…

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How to Facilitate Scientists

Considerations on How to Facilitate Scientists, Asians, and Europeans

Recently on a blog, an informal group of mathematicians solved a tough and long-standing mathematics problem in a few weeks. Additionally an MG RUSH alumnae wrote about preparing for an executive workshop and how to facilitate Europeans and Asians between two different companies. The following captures considerations on how to facilitate scientists, as well as considerations…

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