Category Archives: Facilitation

Meetings and Our Circles of Conflict

by Jane Haskell When we work with groups, we can help individuals in the group shift from thinking about personal agendas, axes to grind, positions, pet projects, or whatever we (or they) want to call it. We can encourage the … Continue reading

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Effective Groups and Centers of Influence

by Jane Haskell One of the most important concepts in business networking is the idea of “Centers of Influence.” David Chwalek’s blog post What Makes an Effective Center of Influence? defines a Center of Influence (COI) as a person who … Continue reading

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Facilitation Climate: Reduce Stress in Meetings

by Jane Haskell Is cleaning the bathroom toilet or the yucky refrigerator shelf more appealing than putting up with ridiculous or stressful meetings? Maybe it is time to think about changing the climate of the meeting and at the same … Continue reading

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Balance: Moving toward? Status quo? Juggling?

by Jane Haskell Moving toward personal balance that slides over into my work life is constantly evolving. I know I am moving toward balance or juggling in a project because I ‘feel’ it in my heart. This is not an … Continue reading

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How Do Contracting Skills Strengthen Meeting Facilitation?

by Jane Haskell In the post What Makes a Healthy Meeting? Agendas Can Help! , what was left unsaid was that whoever planned the meeting gathered information to assemble an agenda that (hopefully) had clear objectives to achieve the group’s … Continue reading

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Understanding Consensus

by Jane Haskell Last time, in Making Group Decisions – Six Options, we talked about the six decision-making options: spontaneous agreement, one person decides, compromise, multi-voting, majority voting, and consensus building. We know that the facilitator, group leader, or the … Continue reading

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Adventures in Episodic Volunteering

by Jerry Bishop My name is Jerry Bishop and I am modern day volunteer who uses the Internet and social media as the vehicle for my volunteerism. Some call what I do crowdsourcing while others refer to it as micro-volunteering. … Continue reading

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How is your group evolving?

by Jane Haskell If a group is having stellar success or woeful dysfunction, I know it can often be attributed to various process or structural conditions, such as agendas, working agreements, personal leadership balance, or neutrality. I also am aware … Continue reading

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Meeting Agendas: Parts and Pieces

by Jane Haskell If I walk into a meeting and there is no agenda, I shudder. All sorts of assumptions fly into my mind about the upcoming meeting’s effectiveness or efficiency. Most of these assumptions are negative because I am … Continue reading

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Purposeful Innovation

By Anne B. Schink Let’s see. So far our blog posts built upon The Charismatic Organization, the book by Shirley Sagawa and Deb Jospin, we have discussed the importance of being mission-driven, creating a positive organizational culture, and being faithful … Continue reading

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