Premier Facilitators

Twelve Behaviors that Define Great Facilitators

  Today we bring you twelve significant behaviors that define successful, professional facilitators. (ie, GREAT Facilitators) Our scope focuses on structured facilitation (NOT Kum-Bah-Yah). Structured facilitation requires a balanced blend of leadership, facilitation, and methodology. (An alpha sort sequences the following, not order of importance). The first three behaviors: 7:59 AM preparation and interviews 
(ie, managing expectations and ownership).…

RACI - Roles and Responsibilities

How to Transform a Roles and Responsibility Matrix into a GANTT Chart

Here’s how to create a Gantt chart or basic timeline when your discussion or meeting deliverable includes assignments for actions that have already been built or identified. As a result of capturing the additional inputs below, you develop consensual understanding from your group’s roles and responsibility matrix (RACI or RASI or LACTI). (1) WHO will take…

Dial Up Decision Quality with More Diverse Teams

Four Reasons You Will Dial Up Decision Quality with More Diverse Teams

Decision quality increases with the quantity of available options. The MG RUSH technique has long promoted the concept of teams to improve decision quality.  Most understand that properly facilitated teams are smarter than the smartest person on the team, especially with diverse teams. Teams create more options than aggregating individual inputs. Diverse teams push even…

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 MG RUSH technique defines consensus as a decision good enough that it ‘will be…

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…