Blog Posts

Welcome to our blog! Here you can find articles written by our team of professional facilitators. Our posts feature tips, tricks, tools, dilemmas and discussions that will help you improve your personal facilitation skills and increase your understanding of how to collaborate effectively.

Ensuring Empowerment Works

Date: December 19, 2017 5:46 pm

Early in my career I noticed that some groups dread being asked to provide opinions or recommendations because they feel that their input is rarely in...

To Scrum Or Not To Scrum…

Date: November 7, 2017 10:00 am

Is this Agile Approach Right For Your Team Meetings? I’m often asked by clients if they should adopt an agile, scrum meeting approach for their mee...

Facilitation Vs. Facipulation: What’s The Difference?

Date: October 31, 2017 8:16 pm

Have you ever attended a meeting led by a supposedly neutral facilitator, only to realize that there’s a hidden agenda they’re leading the group t...

The Impact of Unchecked Assumptions Part II

Date: October 3, 2017 4:35 pm

In our last post, we looked at the dangers of assumptions and how to minimize these dangers via forwarding a pre-meeting email that identifies who, wh...

The Impact of Unchecked Assumptions Part I

Date: September 20, 2017 11:00 am

We’ve all been in a series of meetings where lots of points are discussed, opinions fly fast and hot and it seems like a lot is getting done - but w...

When The Group Just Won’t Agree…

Date: September 5, 2017 4:09 pm

In our June article, we looked at Affinity Diagrams, a way to organize and synthesize large volumes of input, strategies or solutions. This is a great...

Help! We’re Drowning In a Flood of Ideas

Date: June 26, 2017 8:46 pm

Many times I find myself in meetings where I’m tasked to get a group to generate ideas. The difficulty comes when I’m facilitating a larger group ...

Decision Traps: Avoiding Barriers to Great Decision Making

Date: May 3, 2017 3:04 pm

Quite frequently when we meet and collaborate, we're making decisions. The many small decisions we make in meetings add up to the big decisions, which...

Meet Me at the Water Cooler! – When The Real Issues Don’t Surface During The Meeting

Date: April 3, 2017 3:06 am

There are times when we will encounter a working culture whose communication has turned backwards: issues are not addressed in meetings where they cou...

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