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Facilitation Tip: Consensus


When facilitating group decision making, make sure your group knows the true definition of consensus. Consensus does NOT necessarily mean “I agree 100% with you.” Click here to read more »

Tool Check: Huddle up!

Huddle up!

For collaboration software, we like the cloud-based Huddle. Click here to read more »

Commitment and Consensus

By Holly M. Larson, Business Development Manager, Leadership Strategies


Earlier this year I had the privilege of speaking to the local IIBA chapter on the 10 Principles of Facilitation. We were discussing Principle 9, Closing the Session, and a question was asked that made me think about what facilitation truly is. At the end of the day, a great facilitator will review, evaluate, close and debrief.

I was asked “Why review a decision or a portion of the day that was contentious at the end of your meeting? Wouldn’t it be better to let sleeping dogs lie and end on a high note?” It might be easier; it definitely wouldn’t be better. Finding out if you have dissent – before everyone leaves – is better. The time to flush out discontent is now. You must have the participants’ commitment to the decisions that they made and the actions they will take.

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4 Good Reasons To Cancel Your Weekly Staff Meeting

By The Muse, Contributor for Forbes

Quick question: Do you get excited when a meeting invite pops up on your calendar? I’m going to guess the answer is no. And yet frequent—sometimes even daily—meetings are a part of the culture in many companies. [...] Here are four things to consider next time you’re thinking of planning a meeting.

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Webcast: Are You Using Learning as a Strategic Lever to Drive Employee Retention?

Our friends at Mzinga, a leading provider of social learning solutions, recently held a webcast, “Are You Using Learning as a Strategic Lever to Drive Employee Retention.” Did you miss it? No worries.

Download the slides and recording. See the details below.

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Tool Check: CLICK: The Virtual Meetings Book

Make CLICK: The Virtual Meetings Book your online meeting companion

Summer time is “go” time, and in today’s fast-paced world, you may be like many busy professionals and finding yourself on more and more virtual meetings.   This summer, throw a copy of CLICK: The Virtual Meetings Book in your bag, and you’ll be prepared to get the most out of every online meeting you lead.  The book provides meeting leaders with 60 comprehensive strategies for planning and executing masterful virtual meetings. In its 12 chapters, you’ll find strategies and answers to these questions and more:

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Leadership Strategies awarded $85,000 strategic planning contract for National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Leadership Strategies, Inc. (LSI) is proud to announce it has been awarded an $85,000 strategic planning facilitation contract by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  Work is underway and will conclude in November for the institute’s Material Measurement Laboratory (MML) 2015 plan.

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Read and Refresh: Facilitation Features Not to Miss This Summer

While you’re vacationing or on the go this summer, take time to leisurely catch up on what you might’ve missed in the previous months you’ve been hard at work. Read and refresh. These articles will help you feel ready to return to work armed with new tips and techniques. Here’s one place to bookmark – five of the best articles in facilitation you can’t miss this summer, including two how-to videos!

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The Hot HR Technology Trends Of 2014

By Meghan M. Biro, Contributor for Forbes

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a solid independent survey of HR tech trends that will affect the workplace in 2014. The Information Services Group III +0.22% (ISG), a leading technology insights, market intelligence and advisory services company, recently conducted the ‘Industry Trends in Human Resources Technology and Service Delivery Survey’. Released in February 2014, the survey presents findings, which, while not surprising, should be top of mind for leaders and talent managers everywhere.

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The Death of Strategic Planning: Why?

By Bill Conerly, Contributor for Forbes

Like so many great people, Strategic Planning lived a full life. It touched many businesses in a positive way—but failed many, as well. It wasn’t perfect, but it made contributions to society. In the end, everyone said that it had lived well, but it’s time was done.

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