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…

Are you planning a meeting? Consider how many participants you’ll have and how cost-effective the use of everyone’s time could be if you got the best contributions and decisions from all in the time you have “budgeted.” Then consider how much it would “cost” if the meeting really was a waste of time. You can…

Many meetings are held to engage everyone to agree on actions to move some plan ahead. These can be difficult meetings, particularly when not everyone is equally committed to the initiative. The meeting tool I call Forces Review[1] can turn an unproductive debate into an exploration of both problems and possibilities. It engages the group…

Small Group Discussion

Dialogue is a special, very valuable form of discussion. It requires being able to share and understand different views without giving undue weight (or reaction) to one view. I have written about its importance and ways to encourage it before (e.g., here and here), but it is so important to effective meetings I want to…

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