Facilitate Business Process Improvement

Facilitate Business Process Improvement: A Proven Approach

Change or Die – How to Facilitate Business Process Improvement (Manual) is shipping in print version from Amazon and other fine book sellers.  It feels good and has the right girth, not too thick and not too thin.  If your organization recognizes opportunities to improve, it also has the right content, built upon a consensual technique…

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The Door from Perception

Crashing Through Toward Improved Facilitation

The book “Crashing Through” by New York Times’ bestselling author Robert Kurson includes innumerable reflections about struggle, collaboration, and victory that also apply to the sphere of facilitation. Most importantly, the book emphasizes the scientific understanding that pre-existing knowledge affects perception. In other words, what you know changes what you see. The challenges around consensual…

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How To Manage Breakout Sessions

How to Manage Breakout Sessions (3 Minute Productivity WOW)

Breakout sessions or breakout teams enable groups to capture more information in less time. Breaking groups up is also effective at overcoming the monotony of relying too much on narrative Brainstorming.  With strong active listening, the session leader (aka, facilitator) may take up to one-half of the total talk time by setting up context and providing thorough reflection…

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Meeting Participation Tips

Meeting Participation Tips (Part 3 of 3—The Wrap)

Great meetings include some repetitive characteristics.  A high level of participation frequently indicates the opportunity for a great meeting.  What encourages participation? We share meeting participation tips with you through the sequence they would occur in a well-conducted meeting; namely the beginning, the middle, and the end (ie, The Wrap).  The following is not meant…

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Line of Site

Meeting Participation Tips (Part 2 of 3—The Middle)

Great meetings include certain, repeatable characteristics. A high level of participation frequently indicates the opportunity for a great meeting. What encourages participation? We share select characteristics with you through the sequence they would occur in a well-conducted meeting; namely the beginning, the middle, and the end. The following is not meant to be exhaustive, as…

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Meeting Participation (Preparation)

Meeting Participation Tips (Part 1 of 3—The Beginning)

Great meetings include certain, repeatable characteristics.  A high level of participation frequently indicates the opportunity for a great meeting.  What encourages participation? Here are some meeting participation tips worth reviewing. We share select characteristics with you through the sequence they would occur in a well-conducted meeting; namely the beginning, the middle, and the end.  The…

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Facilitative Leadership Telepathy

Future Facilitative Leadership Factors

The Futurist (May-June 2012, see http://www.wfs.org/) encapsulated six megatrends identified by the Georgia Institute of Technology (according to FutureMedia director Renu Kulkarni, see http://gatech.edu/). Each of these megatrends will see breakthrough research and innovation in the years ahead that will affect facilitative leadership. Tomorrow’s media will be increasingly personal and flexible, providing a more robust…

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VideoPresence Differences

How to Facilitate Virtual Meetings and Participants, VideoPresence (Part 3 of 3)

Core facilitation skills apply to both face-to-face and virtual meetings,  To facilitate videopresence meetings, the session leader must speak clearly, provide active listening (especially feedback and confirmation), ask appropriate questions, manage time constraints and personality issues, etc.  Our discussion that follows below and in the previous two FAST Monthlys, focus on what is different with with the conclusion…

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VideoPresence Differences

How to Facilitate Virtual Participants and Meetings (Part 2 of 3)

Core facilitation skills apply to both face-to-face and virtual participants and meetings.  With teleconference or video presence meetings, the session leader must speak clearly, provide active listening (especially feedback and confirmation), ask appropriate questions, manage time constraints and personality issues, etc. Our discussion that follows below and in the previous/ next blog, focus on what is…

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