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Reflections on Workplace Conflict Month

14 May 2015, Posted by facn1st in Articles

We were thrilled that some of our clients took up the challenge and explored their workplace meeting culture in light of April’s designation as Workplace Conflict Awareness Month. We all know that unchecked workplace conflict can be a real drag on productivity and can lead to more serious consequences, so preventing and responding to conflict in the meeting room had always been a focus of our organization.

Get Graphic! Get Visual with Your Next Facilitation

10 Apr 2015, Posted by facn1st in Articles

Have you ever thought that the way you record and share information from your meetings could use a little inspiration? Every meeting leader has at some point thought, “did I capture that discussion in a helpful way? Will anyone ever look at, think about, or remember what came out of my last meeting?”

Objectivity in a Decision-Making Meeting: The Decision Matrix

11 Mar 2015, Posted by facn1st in Articles

All the talk about net neutrality last week got us thinking about neutrality – or the lack of it – in meeting rooms across the globe, particularly during heated or high stakes discussions. In decision-making meetings, facilitators can display neutrality by ensuring their body language and comments don’t favor some opinions or individuals over others.

CBC Interview Article 1: The Meeting Purpose in Action

11 Nov 2014, Posted by facn1st in Articles

Welcome to the first installment in a series of articles that explore Collaboration Architect Michael Goldman’s must-do’s for meeting success. A few years, ago, the CBC approached Michael to share some of his lessons learned in running great meetings. This series of articles will explore Michael’s top five meeting tips, along with some practical advice to put each tip into practice at your next meeting.

Supporting a Lead Facilitator: Lessons from Dr. Watson

03 Oct 2014, Posted by facn1st in Articles

In cartoons, movies, literature and TV, the sidekick is a frequent source of strength and insight for heroes of all sorts. A duo’s success often stems from their differing perspectives, allowing the sidekick to solve a key piece of the mystery that eluded our hero. In the case of Dr. Watson, he’s also quite modest about his own contributions, choosing to chronicle Sherlock Holmes’ triumphs rather than take centre stage himself.