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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...

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Open Dialogue for Workplace Success: The Power of Effective Meetings

Date: April 3, 2017 3:06 am

The Challenge of Workplace Communication In many organizations, workplace communication can sometimes take a troubling turn. Critical issues that sho...

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Scrap it! – When the Facilitator Needs to Redesign the Agenda

Date: March 21, 2017 8:34 pm

When we walk into a meeting with an agenda as a facilitator, we’re already one step ahead of the game. Instead of a loose set of topics being discus...

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I Can’t Say That – She’s the Boss!

Date: February 22, 2017 3:25 pm

At one time or another, most of us have experienced a leader sabotage the agenda, dominate the discussion, openly negate staff input – behaviours th...

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Troubleshooting the Action Plan: Creating Your Plan B

Date: January 10, 2017 11:00 am

Creating lofty action plans seems to be the rule of many strategic planning sessions these days. Most team members truly intend to fulfill their oblig...

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Just Say No! The Power of the “Decline” or “Tentative” Response to a Meeting Invite

Date: November 22, 2016 2:16 pm

It’s not uncommon for interpersonal or political considerations to result in meeting bloat, where too many people end up invited to a meeting that t...

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Pull Vs. Push: Facilitator Reactions to Resistance

Date: November 1, 2016 3:10 pm

At our Facilitating Through Conflict workshop last week, the class really embraced my suggested approach when dealing with resistance. We see resistan...

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When NOT to Collaborate

Date: September 27, 2016 3:24 pm

Most of us have worked together to tackle a complex problem or address interdependencies that individual contribution alone couldn’t have solved. It...

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Facilitation on the Fly Our Checklist of Meeting Prep “Must Do’s”

Date: May 19, 2016 6:18 pm

How does the current demand to “do more with less” negatively affect meeting facilitators? How can we counteract these effects? Two of the bigge...

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