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.
The Meeting Doctor Blog
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.
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.
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:
The 80/20 Rule – Do most people in your meetings contribute 20% of the time or less? That’s fine if it’s a presentation, not so much if it’s a meeting requiring group input and discussion. If you answered yes, ask yourself if everyone needs to be a part of the whole meeting, or if you even needed a meeting in the first place.