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How to Monitor Your Plan eBook

eBook: How to Monitor Your Plan

Developing an effective strategic plan for your organization is not an easy task, but with the right guidance, it is absolutely possible. At the core of strategic planning are universal components that every leader needs to know in order to develop a strategy that works. Learn about those essential components here.

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Free Leadership Strategies eBook: 4 Components of Strategic Planning

eBook: 4 Components of Strategic Planning: An Essential Guide to Strategy

Developing an effective strategic plan for your organization is not an easy task, but with the right guidance, it is absolutely possible. At the core of strategic planning are universal components that every leader needs to know in order to develop a strategy that works. Learn about those essential components here.

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Free Leadership Strategies Checklist: Meeting Preparing & Agenda Setting

Checklist: Meeting Preparing & Agenda Setting

Was your last meeting a disaster because you didn’t have the proper tools to prepare for it? Did you “wing it” without an agenda? Here is a tool to help you prepare for your next meeting (because – trust us – you can’t and shouldn’t always wing it).

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Free eBook: Ten Principles of Facilitation

eBook: 10 Principles of Facilitation

A facilitated session is a highly-structured meeting in which the meeting leader (the facilitator) guides the participants through a series of pre-defined steps to arrive at a result that is created, understood and accepted by all participants. How do you do just that - get to a result that is "created, understood and accepted"? The answer lies in ten principles that make up the framework of a facilitated session done right - what we call The Facilitator's Methodology.

 

Quick Start Guide: Information Gathering

There are many types of information gathering and processing activities that serve as building blocks for group sessions. This guide provides several strategies for information gathering. While this list is not meant to be exhaustive, here are seven, common information gathering techniques you can apply.

 


 

Free Sample Chapter - The Executive Guide to Facilitating Strategy

Sample Chapter: The Executive Guide to Facilitating Strategy

Get a preview of The Executive Guide to Facilitating Strategy. This book provides executives, leaders and facilitators with a step-by-step resource for guiding their team through all phases of the strategic planning process – from gaining the team’s buy-in to do planning and identify strategic issues, all the way through organization alignment, implementation, monitoring and making adjustments.

 

 

Free eBook: Manageing Dysfunction

eBook: Managing Dysfunction

Dysfunctional behavior in meetings is no joke.  Side conversations, late arrivals, negativity and a host of other bad behaviors can cause a facilitator high anxiety – and for good reason.This eBook will show you some tips and tricks to help get you through some of the worst dysfunction out there.

 
Virtues of Virtual Fast Facts

Survey: Virtues of Virtual Meetings

Meetings here. Meetings there. More organizations, from retail to real estate, are holding virtual meetings as a way to improve productivity and reduce costs. In fact, in a recent survey of 438 business leaders, 56 percent of respondents said that their organization had held more virtual meetings in the past twelve months than they had in the previous twelve months.

 
Free Facilitative Training Guide eBook

eBook: Your Guide to Being a Facili-Trainer

Individuals who take a facilitative approach in their training delivery see far better results from their participants – greater engagement, stronger knowledge retention, and superior evaluations. The relationship between facilitation and training is very close – hence the notion of “facili-training.”

 
Free ebook - Quick Start Guide to Preparing and Agenda Setting

Quick Start Guide: Preparing & Agenda Setting

Individuals who take a facilitative approach in their training delivery see far better results from their participants – greater engagement, stronger knowledge retention, and superior evaluations. The relationship between facilitation and training is very close – hence the notion of “facili-training.”

 
Facilitator Guides

eBook: Five Free Facilitator Guides

Each of the guides was developed by our Certified Master Facilitatorsand includes:

  • A high-level meeting agenda
  • A sample deliverable/action plan
  • Terms and definitions
  • Description of tools and materials needed
  • List of items to have in the room
  • And much more...

 
Virtual Meetings Checklist 1

Checklist: 8 Tips to Engage and Empower Meeting Participants in a Virtual Environment

Virtual meetings checklist

 
Virtual Meetings Checklist 2

Checklist: 6 Tips to Ensure Success in Your Virtual Meetings

Add six more tips to your virtual meetings checklist.

 
Article - Are Great Trainers Great Facilitators?

Free Article: "Are Great Trainers Great Facilitators?"

Take a close look at the traits between trainers and facilitators to help you hone your facilitation skills and understand how to use them as a trainer or a facilitator. Trainers and facilitators share many of the same traits. But… the two lists are different in a significant way. Explore them here.

Download this article for FREE (a value of $15) – “Are Great Trainers Great Facilitators?” adapted from The Secrets of Facilitation by Michael Wilkinson, Certified Master Facilitator and CEO of Leadership Strategies.

 
Checklist: 4 Strategic Questions to Ask Your Team

Checklist: 4 Strategic Questions to Ask Your Team

When it comes to strategic planning, an important part of the planning is not just the coming together to create it – but also the prep work to make sure you’re ready to begin on the right foot. Is your team ready?

Start with these four key strategy questions before beginning the strategic planning process.

 
Execution Pitfalls

White Paper: Execution Pitfalls: Why Do Most Strategic Plans Fail?

Why do most plans fail?  What are the pitfalls? Why is it so hard to get a plan executed?

While there are a variety of reasons strategic plans don’t successfully follow through, the pitfalls of execution are a primary cause of this. Here are the “whys” our master strategic planning facilitator found.

 
Managing Dysfunction, Quick Solutions

Download: Quick Solutions to 3 Common Meeting Dysfunctions

When it comes to strategic planning, an important part of the planning is not just the coming together to create it – but also the prep work to make sure you’re ready to begin on the right foot. Is your team ready?

Start with these four key strategy questions before beginning the strategic planning process.

 
Creating Better Learning Objectives

Download: Creating Better Learning Objectives

Some trainers use words to describe something that should be happening in the learner’s head that cannot be seen. Is this a good thing? No. When you train a group and want to evaluate results, make sure your learning objectives are constructed in a helpful way for you and your learners. Develop learning objectives that are clear, measureable and observable. Here’s a free guide on what verbs to use and avoid in learning objectives.

 
Interviewing the Project Sponsor

Checklist: Interviewing the Project Sponsor

Like every great consultant or project manager, you want to successfully meet your client’s needs. Your first step is to understand their needs and gather all of the information necessary from the beginning. How do you do this? It’s not just by asking questions – it’s by asking the right questions.

Download this free checklist - your guide for asking 14 critical questions you need to know when you interview your project sponsor or client.

 
Cost of Wasted Meetings

White Paper: The Cost of Wasted Meetings

3 Ways to Change Your Organization's Meeting Culture



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