The Single Question Approach

Avoid Asking “How Do We Solve Global Hunger?” with the Single Question Approach

Not all situations are covered by cookbook agendas or avail a methodologist to help. Therefore, the facilitator must develop their approach another way. Use the Single Question Approach to develop new questions that lead to a meeting method complete with a detailed agenda. The Single Question Approach breaks down the big question that will provide…

Transform Force Field Analysis into Actions

How to Facilitate Force Field Analysis Leading to Actions

Force field analysis modifies and improves upon a similar approach called “pros & cons.”  Force field analysis helps groups identify and prioritize actions and opportunities for improvement, especially among project teams. Force field analysis makes it easier for groups to organize their thinking while encouraging thoughtful exploration. Once supportive and hindering forces are identified, the group analyzes impact, leading to…

Illustrative Eleven Person of Quantitative SWOT Analysis

Quantitative SWOT Analysis Makes it Easier & Faster to Build Consensus

Quantitative SWOT analysis is the result of contrasting the internal, controllable aspects of the organization (ie, Strengths and Weaknesses) with the external, uncontrollable situational factors (ie, Opportunities and Threats) and then aggregating the numeric scoring of the actions an organization might take to reach its goals and objectives. Qualitative situational analysis[1] provides a poor method…

Evidence-based Management

Trending Towards Evidence-based Management for Decision-making

The Economist reports that “Some apartment building owners now require tenants provide a DNA sample of their dog so that unscooped poop can be penalized.” Alex Pentland of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has invented a “sociometric” badge that measures tone of voice, gestures, and propensity to talk or listen. The current trend towards evidence-based…

DQ Spider Chart

Questions to Ask If Using a Decision Quality Spider Chart (DQ Spider)

When making decisions, consider testing for decision quality (DQ)[1] so that you can avoid having another meeting.  Therefore, a quick method involves testing your options against your purpose to gauge alignment and support.  The DQ Spider offers an more robust method. First, remember that the FAST Technique defines consensus as a decision good enough that it ‘will be supported’…

Estimating Meeting Length

Estimating Meeting Length and Workshop Duration | Tips and Guidelines

Proper workshop duration and estimating meeting length help set the schedules and expectations of participants.  Stay cautious because if done incorrectly, your sessions risk premature completion and poor quality.  Additionally, if your schedule expands, expect scheduling problems and erosion of session leader credibility. ______ General Guidelines for Estimating Meeting Length Schedule workshops for no more…

Meeting Graphics: Mandala

Why care about meeting graphics and illustrations? Visual Basics

Illustrations help capture concepts, ideas, and processes which replace the use of words. Why should we care about meeting graphics and illustrations? Therefore, illustrations enable participants to… Agree on concepts Create a memorable strategic plan for vision, mission and objectives Explore complex ideas Find common ground and overcome communication problems Identify key problems “See” what we mean…

How to Facilitate Board Meetings

5 Tips on How to Facilitate Board Meetings (or Committees)

You may effectively facilitate Board Meetings by relying on Robert’s Rules of Order, however, blend in facilitative leadership skills to improve your decision quality. In 1876 General Henry M. Robert wrote the rules of American Congress (Parliamentary Procedure) for all citizens and societal groups with his publication of Pocket Manual of Rules of Order. Nearly…

Multi-discipline Work Groups

Securing Commitment Among Multi-Discipline Work Groups

Groups separated by geography are but one challenge. So, today we’ll discuss tips for how to create commitment among multi-discipline work groups. Apply these tips when facilitating communication among work groups that are widely separated by geography. Frequent Integration Among Multi-Discipline Work Groups Very often, a work group comprises several small teams, each in separate locations.…

MG RUSH FAST Facilitation Leadership Weekly

Lunch and Learn: MG RUSH Structured Facilitation Gems or Takeaways

Prepared as a Lunch and Learn guide, you will find twelve FAST Structured Facilitation gems worth remembering. You will find them listed in alphabetical order, rather than order of importance. From the perspectives of curriculum developers, instructors, and students, please find the most significant learnings offered by the MG RUSH curriculum and structured facilitation technique. ONE:…