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The Impact of Assumptions Part II

03 Oct 2017, Posted by facn1st in Articles

In our last post, we looked at the dangers of assumptions and how to minimize these dangers via forwarding a pre-meeting email that identifies who, what, where and when. But battling assumptions doesn’t start and end with sending this info. Some of the team members…

The Impact of Unchecked Assumptions

20 Sep 2017, Posted by facn1st in Articles

We’ve all been in a series of meetings where lots of points are discussed, opinions fly fast and hot and it seems like a lot is getting done – but when it all wraps up, the strategies are half-baked, the decisions are questionable, and nobody…

When The Group Just Won’t Agree…

05 Sep 2017, Posted by facn1st in Articles

In our June article, we looked at Affinity Diagrams, a way to organize and synthesize large volumes of input, strategies or solutions. This is a great method for simplifying your process, but sometimes there are just “too many cooks in the kitchen”, and the team…

Help! We’re Drowning In a Flood of Ideas

26 Jun 2017, Posted by facn1st in Articles

Many times I find myself in meetings where I’m tasked to get a group to generate ideas. The difficulty comes when I’m facilitating a larger group (e.g. greater than 12 – 15 people) and getting a multitude of ideas thrown my way. It can be…

Decision Traps: Avoiding Barriers to Great Decision Making

03 May 2017, Posted by facn1st in Articles

Quite frequently when we meet and collaborate, we’re making decisions. The many small decisions we make in meetings add up to the big decisions, which in turn change organizations and create progress. Sometimes, in the rush to get things done, we breeze through these small…

I Can’t Say That – She’s the Boss!

22 Feb 2017, Posted by facn1st in Articles

At one time or another, most of us have experienced a leader sabotage the agenda, dominate the discussion, openly negate staff input – behaviours that effectively shut down staff from contributing. On the other hand, some of you have simply never had the chance to…