Whether I’m delivering a keynote address, sifting through my email correspondence or training facilitation skills, one central issue consistently surfaces – who runs the meeting, the Chair or the Facilitator? The distinction between ‘chairing’ and ‘facilitating’ a meeting or an agenda item is vital, but can be tricky for novices.
Author Archive | Michael Goldman
By now, many HR professionals and team leads are familiar enough with team dynamics to start teams out on the right foot. Despite the important groundwork, teams usually hit rough spots as individuals clash and pressure to perform builds.
New team leaders can harm morale and drag down a high performing team if they aren’t integrated properly. Taking the time upfront to establish rapport and understanding on both sides can help maintain team effectiveness and remedy potential conflicts before misunderstandings ensue.
Predicting all the potential challenges and pitfalls of an upcoming facilitation is an onerous task, even for the most seasoned facilitator. During one of my recent facilitation training sessions, stories of decision-making events gone wrong were the pervasive theme among participants. As a result of these discussions, I decided to reflect on my own personal […]
Meetings therefore need leaders who are disciplined in structuring the meeting while also managing how people interact, but who can leave the generation of ideas to the group. This poses difficulty for many CEOs.
Whenever the group goes off track, having a clear and aligned purpose to fall back on, contributes to an on-track discussion and time well spent.
The more the group participates in the process management of their issues, the more they will be committed to their collective decisions/recommendations.
Your ability to engage members in defining the how and what of an agenda will determine the degree of buy-in they will demonstrate towards owning the agenda and any resulting outcomes.