Group Decision Making Quality

Influences through Styles of Group Decision Making

We have applied modern research about decision quality with material found in Vroom and Yetton’s robust volume, “Leadership and Decision-Making”.  Here they identify eight styles of group decision-making.  Modern research has well proven that groups typically make higher quality decisions than the smartest person in the group (ie, individuals).  Therefore, it is relatively easy to…

Structure Your Meetings for Consistent Outputs

Unstructured Meeting Costs Rise: Use an MG RUSH Structured Technique

Meeting costs to American businesses as a result of poorly run meetings (typically unstructured) is staggering. Recent surveys indicate that on average managers waste: 8.5 hours per week for low level management 10.4 hours per week for middle level management 11.5 hours per week for senior level management As a strong and effective facilitator, you…

How to Build Consensus---FAST

What is FAST, Why You Should Care, and How FAST Can Help You

MG RUSH created the FAST technique for running more effective meetings and workshops that require group input, consensus, and decision-making.  You should care about What is FAST if you personally lead meetings, teams, and groups of people because the FAST technique will make you more successful. Most academic books, classes, and courses focus on the…

Activities to Improve your Facilitator Skill Set

“If you’ve never been hit in the face, find out what it’s like”

Our alumni know that we compare the facilitator skills and attributes to those of a Navy SEAL.  We have stressed the importance of remaining invisible (ie, neutral), focused externally (ie, NOT on one’s self), and embracing a strong sense of service to help others, to make it easy.  This is the first time we have…

Nurture Ideas By Putting Them in the Refrigerator

Why Call Your Meeting Parking Lot a Meeting Refrigerator

One way to stir things up in meetings, with strong supporting rationale, would be to begin calling the Parking Lot a Meeting Refrigerator.  Here is why.  The term Parking Lot connotes a place of rest, where no progress is made, and stuff can actually begin to rust.  Items left in the Parking Lot can even…

Total Factor Productivity

How to Calculate Total Factor Productivity as an Indicator

Measure the increase in productivity per employee using the formula for Total Factor Productivity. Accomplishment may be measured by the increase in productivity per employee. For many, calculating productivity has been nebulous and argumentative. Total Factor Productivity permeates industries from service and software to the manufacturing of products and goods. Since no formula of any value goes without an acronym,…

Facilitating Team Charters

A Toolbox for Facilitating Team Charters and Project Plans

Modern leaders facilitate the development of consensually owned team charters, including work breakdown structure (WBS). You can create additional time for yourself by facilitating team charters with members who build their own activities and support requirements to help you reach your project objectives. Project Tools (below in italics) will help you build robust team charters and projects plans. For your benefit, each link takes…

Alignment Illustration

How to Facilitate Alignment and Confirm Balance

When you facilitate alignment, you help groups identify gaps, omissions, overkill, and to confirm the appropriateness and balance of their action plan. Rationale to Facilitate Alignment Building consensus around alignment can be very challenging, especially if you facilitate exclusively in the narrative world (ie, written words). Therefore, MG RUSH suggests the use of icons (see PowerBalls)…