How to Facilitate Meeting Results that Stimulate Process and Product Innovation

Product innovation provides a significant lifeforce and has become a strategic priority for most companies and organizations.  An IBM poll of fifteen hundred CEOs identified creativity as the number one “leadership competency” of the future.  A new and remarkable discovery is that the ability to generate innovative ideas is not merely a function of the mind,…

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How to Manage Group Conflict Resulting in Higher Quality Deliverables

How to Manage Group Conflict Resulting in Higher Quality Deliverables

Don’t Run A facilitator sees conflict in a workshop coming from the group and coming from within.  Internal and external conflict reflect emotions that, when harnessed, enable creative change.  A facilitator must understand and manage group conflict.  A meeting without conflict is a boring meeting, and we’ve seen very little value derived from predictable and…

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When Facilitating, How to Categorize

When Facilitating, How to Categorize List of Ideas and Inputs

One of the worst questions a facilitator could ask is “How would you like to categorize these?”  That’s why we hired you.  Categorizing and creating  clusters of related items (or processes) makes it easier for a group to stay focused in subsequent discussions.  Learn the secret now when the challenge is how to categorize when…

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How to Create and Sustain a Participatory Environment

How to Create and Sustain a Participatory Environment

The primary responsibility of a facilitator is to protect the participants.  Secondarily, the facilitator helps drive the group toward its desired deliverable.  Since the deliverable is built to serve the participants, the people take priority over the issues.  To some extent, both people and issues are managed by creating an environment that is conducive to…

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Consensual Content Management

How to Facilitate Content Presentations for Consensual Understanding

Purpose Behind Facilitating Content Presentations To develop consensual understanding about the impact of speakers’ content or otherwise newly developed information. Rationale Using speakers as an example, we frequently conduct a question and answer session when the speaker has completed or new information has been provided.  Next we give the speaker a round of applause and take a…

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Meeting Communications Plan

Meeting Communications and Results are Delivered with Guardian of Change

Guardian of Change (Meeting Communications Plan) Purpose of Meeting Communications The Guardian of Change provides a method for managing meeting communications.  For meeting results,  it delivers your meeting communications plan. Empirical research shows that it is best to guard and protect communications than to simply shout out.  Different audiences need different parts of the message and may…

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Meeting Introduction, Why Individual Decisions are Made

How to Structure Your Most Effective Meeting Introduction

The life-cycle of a meeting or workshop has three steps (ie, Get Ready, Do It, and Review). Within each meeting, these three steps need to be carefully managed to ensure success. All agendas should include a beginning, a middle, and an end. Many meetings fail because they neglect to include all three steps. Even a lousy…

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How to Manage Your Meeting Parking Lot and Action Items

How to Manage Your Meeting Parking Lot and Assign Action Items

Conclude your meeting or workshop by reviewing action items and outputs such as decisions, next steps, priorities, reports, etc. Review the output, do not relive it.  Before you manage your meeting parking lot (ie, Open Issues), ensure that pieces fit together to form one cohesive product. Then assign responsibility to Parking Lot items (ie, Open Issues)…

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