How to Facilitate Ideation

How to Facilitate Ideation Using the Brainstorming Tool

Encouraging and developing ideas is the easiest of the three activities required to operate the tool called “Brainstorming.” The other two activities include analysis and convergence (or, decision). Whether you use an easel or a spreadsheet, Post-it® notes or illustrated drawings, the first principle of brainstorming, as intended by Alex Osborne, is to encourage capturing…

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Facilitate Brainstorming and Get Out of the Box

How to Facilitate Brainstorming: Primer/ Overview of Three Main Steps

The term “brainstorming” is technically a gerund, a verb that wants to be a noun.  A gerund implies more than one step or activity.  Brainstorming has three activities. To facilitate brainstorming properly can be highly effective.  When done poorly, it leaves a bad taste in peoples’ mouths. Optimal brainstorming includes three discrete activities: List (also…

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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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Considerations on How to Facilitate Europeans and Asians

An alumnus wrote about preparing for an executive workshop and how to facilitate Europeans and Asians between two different companies. The deliverable intends to capture a strategy document of their alliance to work with each other in their supply chain. Specifically the alumnus inquired about anything in particular to avoid or encourage. Specific Solution Speak…

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Responsibility Matrix, Agenda Design, and Parking Lot Management

Responsibility Matrix, Agenda Design, and Parking Lot Management

Borrowing an idea from one of our favorite blogsters, Martin Webster, Esq., and coupling it with our original material and American spelling, we offer you a reminder about three popular posts from our 2011 series. Transform Your Responsibility Matrix into a GANTT Chart — Frequently we don’t get much actual “work” done in a business…

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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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