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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.

When NOT to Collaborate

27 Sep 2016, Posted by facn1st in Articles

Most of us have worked together to tackle a complex problem or address interdependencies that individual contribution alone couldn’t have solved. It can be messy but also immensely rewarding for those involved.

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.

We’ve Reached Consensus…Or Did We?

23 Mar 2016, Posted by facn1st in Articles

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

Another Endorsement For Our Training!

26 Nov 2015, Posted by facn1st in Articles

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.

Have any of you noticed that brainstorming has earned a pretty bad reputation? Studies suggest the anecdotal experiences clients have shared around bad brainstorming sessions are quite widespread – we’re just not seeing the kinds of creative output we hope for. According to the experts (Diehl and Stroebe, 1987) the most common problems facing brainstorming fall into three categories: