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Beware of Overconfident Subject Matter Experts, and be Prepared to Challenge

You and I have been victim of numerous false, urban legends, for example:

  • The Great Wall of China is NOT visible from outer space
  • You use a lot more than ten percent of your brain…
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Facilitative Leadership

It Is NOT “What’s in it for me?” Rather, “What do you need or want from me?”

One difference between high performance groups and normal or under-performing groups of people is the perspective embraced by the participants during meetings and workshops.  Most participants attend sessions with concern over “What’s in it for me?”  That is neither the right attitude nor the right question.  573 more words


Five Narrative Methods of Gathering Participant Input During Brainstorming

The Brainstorming tool comprises three steps; diverge, analyze, and converge.  Besides non-narrative methods of capturing participant input, consider the following options when gathering narrative input from your participants. 506 more words


How to Build Consensual Definitions that Make It Easier to Plan and Decide

Here is a robust method of defining terms, phrases, or expressions with a group of meeting or workshop participants.  Keep in mind that the standards expected in the method below are demanding and include five separate activities, when combined are highly effective.  476 more words


A Few Dozen, Simple Yet Highly Effective Icebreakers (aka, Meeting Sparks)


To get participants vocal and more participatory sooner by introducing themselves beyond name and title.  All of these can be used with virtual meetings as well. 489 more words


One Essence, Three Aspects: The Rule of Thirds in the World of Facilitation

The Project Management Institute (PMI) refers to planning, analysis, and design as separate stages across project development.  At ground level, the basic Use Case refers to Input>Process>Output as the basis for understanding requirements. 634 more words