Smart Goals

Six Strategy-Crushing Mistakes Organizations Make And How You Can Rise Above the Rubble (Part 2 of 2)

By Mark Morgan, CEO and Founder of StratEx Advisors, Inc. Part 2: How You Can Rise Above the Rubble There may be a hundred ways to leave your lover, as the old song goes. But there are only three fundamental things needed to get a strategy executed and prevent strategy-crushing results. Take it from the top.…

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Endorsed Facilitators

MG RUSH Certified, Professional, Endorsed Facilitators are Helping to Solve World Problems

MG RUSH Certified, Professional, Endorsed Facilitators are truly special. Thousands of alumni have earned promotions to executive positions, directorships, and C-level responsibility. MG RUSH facilitators lead groups ranging from the Joint Chiefs of Staff to greenfield initiatives about the genetic bar-coding of zebra meat to prevent illegal poaching. Furthermore, many alumni branch out on their own as independents,…

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Science of Teamwork

The New Science of Teamwork: Is it new or just MG RUSH Professional Facilitation at work?

The lead article in the March-April (2017) Harvard Business Review reads like a promotion for our MG RUSH Professional Leadership, Facilitation, and Methodology training.  The principal recommendations in Johnson and Christfort’s article, The New Science of Teamwork, have been a mainstay in our curriculum for over ten years now.  With the research they amassed to support their thesis,…

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What is TRIZ and When Should You Use It?

TRIZ represents a methodology focused on innovative process or product improvement.  Use it when you need innovative thinking that extends beyond common process flow diagrams and requirements gathering. Look at further variations such as ARIZ, I-TRIZ, P-TRIZ, 40 Inventive Principles (with Applications in Service Operations Management), Reverse Fishbone, TRIZICS, USIT, SIT, and/or ASIT. “TRIZ” is a…

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Corporate Decision-Making

Three Facilitative Presenter Tips To Make Your Presentations More Effective

Research by the National Speakers’ Association shows that becoming more facilitative (i.e. more helpful or providing assistance) is the single most important change a speaker can make to be more effective. The use of interaction, discussion, and structure vivifies participants’ ideas and reactions. In the role of a speaker, embrace the following presenter tips to ensure your presentations…

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Illustrative Flexibility Matrix

Triple Constraint Theory: Use a Flexibility Matrix to Build Consensus

Triple constraint theory suggests that it is not realistic to expect to build the fastest, the cheapest, and the highest quality. Typically, something has to “give.” While most executive sponsors and product owners aspire for all three at the same time. Triple constraint theory tells us that time, cost, and quality are the three most important considerations,…

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3 Steps to Conflict Resolution

3 Steps to Conflict Resolution: Purpose, Active Listening, and Objectives

Resolve conflict within a meeting or workshop by understanding, clarifying, and confirming the purpose of the decision being discussed. Effective conflict resolution depends on shared purpose. Competing purposes will lead to competing solutions. When an appeal to common purpose fails, combine active listening with extensive challenges to guide the discussion. Lastly, appeal to the objectives supported by…

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Ground Rules Help Manage Meeting Behavior

Ground Rules for Optimal Group Behavior in Meetings and Workshops

Use ground rules to help manage individual and group behavior during meetings and workshops. You can lead meetings and discussions without ground rules, but did you ever leave an unstructured meeting with a headache? The term “discussion” is rooted similarly to the terms “concussion” and “percussion.” A little bit of structure will ensure that you get more…

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