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How to Get People to Turn On Their Camera

“I can’t get people on my team to turn on their cameras.”  That was a complaint that surfaced in Lisette Sutherland’s great Work Together Anywhere workshop I attended recently (see, www.CollaborationSuperpowers.com).  This participant wants to see her colleagues but cannot convince them to turn on their cameras.  Lisette had us...

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How to Break Through Resistance in Meetings

Dealing effectively with objections can be a problem for meeting leaders.  As the facilitator, you ask a participant if they agree with the group’s decision and they say, “No.”  Where do you go from there? Researchers who studied how to break down resistance found that one method consistently outperformed alternatives[1]. ...

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When they are upset, what do you do about it?

A difficult communication challenge is how to respond to a disgruntled meeting participant.  For those of us who lead meetings, it’s foolish, even dangerous to be a ‘Pollyanna’ thinking that everything will be wonderful if we just let people talk.  Our reality is different.  Communication as a meeting leader is...

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To Help Meetings Succeed Practice Adaptive Leadership

Foremost, meeting managers need flexible leadership skills. This is common sense considering the many different kinds of behaviors we see in our meeting participants. Knowing which type of leadership to use in different circumstances can improve how you bring value to your team. Here is a list of leadership roles...

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Managing Three Types of Conflict in Meetings

In meetings, sometimes it feels like conflict is always with us.  In particular, three types of conflict are common.  Here is how to recognize these and ideas on facilitator tactics to deal them.  Task Conflict Task conflict often involves concrete issues related to work assignments or promises about who will...

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Decision Making That Doesn’t Kill Innovation

Let’s talk about decision making. The instinct in most organizations is to use consensus or majority rule.  Both have their strengths and weaknesses, but there is a third way—Consent Decision Making.  It is an energizing way to get new thinking out of employees that also creates positive teamwork for evaluating,...

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Using Storytelling When Facilitating Meetings

What happens to your thinking when I say, “Let me tell you about the time…”?   If you are like most of us your attention sparked and you thought, “I wonder what’s coming next?”  Stories pique interest and curiosity.  And both of these qualities are useful for you as a meeting...

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