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.
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How often do your meetings start on time? Sadly, in most organizations the answer is “not nearly often enough.” According to a 2006 survey by Proudfoot Consulting, American CEOs are late to eight out of every 10 meetings, and it seems the rest of us are only marginally better at managing our time.
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.
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?
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.
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.
In my last blog posting, I argued that Myers-Briggs Type Indicator results do not determine how well people can perform as facilitators MBTI measures preferences, not skills. As facilitators however, we can benefit from being able to identify certain introverted or extroverted traits among meeting participants, so that we can structure our meetings in ways that will give both groups enough time to shine and enough space to feel comfortable.