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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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Overt Vs. Covert Resistance: Knowing the Difference Makes the Difference.

Date: January 30, 2017 3:08 pm

As facilitators, most of us are going to find ourselves met with resistance daily. With workplace demands extending beyond the office thanks to mobile...

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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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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 ...

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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 b...

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