Ed (GroupWork Institute of Australia) reflects: There’s a lot to be gained in digging a bit deeper into why you may be finding your meetings frustrating. People instantly get it when we encourage structure around meetings by emphasising the importance of Beginning, Middle, End and allowing enough time. But we’re often met with some surprise at our emphasis on the ‘soft skills’ approach needed for Facilitating Great Meetings. It seems they’ve been concentrating on the task and not how the participants work together.
Ed’s blog tackles three traps: discussion with decision; people shying away from a difference of opinion; and unconscious hijacking of the airspace.