Some meetings have participants who dominate discussion. They speak first or forcefully and “hijack” the direction of subsequent contributions. Other participants may remain silent or focus on their reactions to the first individual. The breadth of possible comments may be lost. Possible new insights and creativity are lost. Fortunately, you can choose a structure for your…

Agendas are a key to the success of any meeting. But only if they are designed to assist in accomplishing the work to be done. Too many agendas are vague, perfunctory things with a few topics and some standard updates listed. But a meeting should be held to get work done with the participants. If…

Does this sound familiar? You are in a meeting where the discussion seems to be going on without building towards a conclusion. You are not sure whether all the participants are even following the exchange. To top this off, you are only a participant and not leading this meeting. You can’t intervene to “fix” the…

Effective discussions can build commitment to decisions, but many meetings fail to do this. One reason for this can be participant assumptions about the nature of the decision. For example, participants may assume they are providing input to the leader’s decision. Meanwhile, the leader assumes s/he is gaining their commitment to the decision. You may…

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