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.

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...

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...

Make Your Meetings POP: Setting Your Meeting Up For Success

Date: October 14, 2016 1:24 pm

When setting the context and opening any collaborative session, it's imperative that the leader provide basic information that outlines the why, what ...

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...

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 b...

We’ve Reached Consensus…Or Did We?

Date: March 23, 2016 7:06 pm

Have you ever worked in a group where the same decision gets re-visited over and over again, or a decision is made but there is little to no follow th...

How to Avoid the Perils of Groupthink

Date: March 3, 2016 7:09 pm

Irving Janis pioneered the initial research on the groupthink theory though originally coined by William H. Whyte, Jr. in 1952, Fortune magazine. He q...

Meeting Meltdown: Why Group Brainstorming Gets Hindered and What You Can Do About It

Date: November 12, 2015 10:45 pm

Have any of you noticed that brainstorming has earned a pretty bad reputation? Studies suggest the anecdotal experiences clients have shared around...

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