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.

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...

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...

Who To Invite? Avoiding Meeting Bloat and Increasing Efficiency

Date: March 8, 2017 4:03 am

In some organizations, everyone is expected to go to all meetings they have been invited to. There’s an unspoken dynamic at play in these organizati...

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 – behaviour...

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