It’s not uncommon for interpersonal or political considerations to result in meeting bloat, where too many people end up invited to a meeting that takes too long and doesn’t achieve all its objectives. So, how do you decide if you really need to attend?
At our Facilitating Through Conflict workshop last week, the class really embraced my suggested approach when dealing with resistance. We see resistance when new processes are suggested, old ways of thinking are being challenged, or staff are being challenged to innovate or take risks.
Setting the Tone and Expectations with Purpose. The meeting purpose, or the “why” of the meeting, needs to get at the heart of the reason you’re convening.
Creating lofty action plans seems to be the rule of many strategic planning sessions these days. Most participants truly intend to fulfill their obligations during the planning session – but following the session is another matter entirely! Day-to-day operations, putting out fires, organizational and competitive pressures, and shareholder requirements overtly and covertly stop us from even initiating our action plan.
Two of the biggest obstacles faced by internal facilitators include short notice and competing demands that result in poorly prepared meetings. As staff is being asked to take on more roles and responsibilities, this trend of limited prep time is something we need to tackle head-on.
Have you ever worked in a group where the same decision gets re-visited over and over again, or a decision is made but there is little to no follow through? What can we do as facilitators to ensure that all participants are committed to executing on decisions made?
We were all told as kids to treat others the way we’d like to be treated. As a method of resolving playground conflict, the golden rule can come in handy. But for meeting facilitators, it leaves us blind to how we build in our own preferences to meeting designs and management, sometimes with disastrous results. Treating others as we want to be treated
We are very proud to announce that our workshop, Facilitating Meetings With Ease is now an IAF Endorsed™ Training Programme! The International Association of Facilitators (IAF) is a professional association that sets internationally accepted industry standards, provides accreditation, supports a community of practice, advocates and educates on the power of facilitation while embracing the diversity of facilitators.