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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.

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.

Facilitator Neutrality Revisited

23 Sep 2014, Posted by facn1st in Articles

It’s rare that we receive so many emails – and even a voice message – about a post, but
it seems that our facipulation article struck a nerve for some readers. We thought we’d
share one project manager’s concerns and Senior Collaboration Architect Michael
Goldman’s thoughtful response

Nothing alienates meeting attendees more effectively than ‘facipulation’ or shaping the meeting output while pretending to be neutrally guiding the meeting process. However, the temptation to shift the conversation to your preferred outcome can be strong, especially when you have subject matter expertise and strong personal feelings on the issue. So why do we advocate avoiding facipulation at all costs?

iFacilitation

11 Aug 2014, Posted by facn1st in Articles

When we think of smartphones and facilitation, the first image that comes to mind is that of an ostensibly disengaged or distracted meeting participant fiddling with his or her phone. For those of us whose job it is to ensure that meetings are productive, smartphones have become personae non gratae, the addictive gadgets that we have to lure our participants away from, at least for a little while.

Facilitation and the “Bystander Effect”

30 Jul 2014, Posted by facn1st in Articles

Learning how to be an effective facilitator involves learning about the complex and ever-fascinating field of human psychology. Have you, for instance, ever heard of the “bystander effect” or, as it is otherwise called, “bystander apathy”?

FIFA and Facilitation: Diversity in Action!

18 Jul 2014, Posted by facn1st in Articles

The last month has seen the unfolding of World Cup 2014 in Brazil, with the love of the “beautiful game” uniting fans around the world. As much as these events emphasize the many trends that unite us globally, they also remind us of the striking diversity of nations and cultures.