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Create a fresh, intentional approach to meetings.

When meetings draw employees away from day-to-day tasks but fail to reach their intended outcome, it has huge costs to the organization. All too often, this happens because meetings lack purpose—people gather together to discuss a problem but don’t know how to approach it strategically.

Consider that the typical leader spends at least 10 hours a week in meetings with an average of five people. Now, assume each of those individuals is priced out at $100 an hour. That’s $5,000 a week in meeting costs. Multiply that $5,000 by 50 weeks, then by the 10 top executives. The cost? $2.5 million. Of course, leaders dread the thought of one more ineffective meeting, as do most other workers.

With preparation and intention, you can turn these wasted opportunities into sessions that fully engage participants and teams. In Not Just Another Meeting: Creative Strategies for Facilitation, you will learn how to be intentional about diagnosing what your team requires from a meeting. By expanding your repertoire of what to do and how to do it, you can respond to any situation with calm, certainty, and creativity.

Experienced facilitators and consultants Rodney Napier and Eli Sharp describe 13 classic designs, such as the Future Search, Collapsing Consensus, and Genie in the Bottle. Applying to wide-ranging workplace issues, these designs provide the tools to enable any gathering to solve problems, build trust, and deal with conflict. Accompanying them are animated videos, available online, that allow you to observe exactly how to facilitate each design.

This book shines a new light on situations you’ve taken for granted for years. Break out of your old meeting habits—and actually excite the participants of meetings you lead.

Book Details
ISBN: 9781562866884
Pages: 184
Publication Date:
Formats: Paperback, PDF
Product Code: 111811
Companion Videos

1. The Future Search Design

The Future Search design takes it’s name from seeking out all new possibilities for a better future by canvassing ideas from a large number of people ranging from 8-40 people in a short amount of...

2. The Carousel Design

The Carousel is a simple, yet creative design for engaging up to 30 people in problem-solving by seeking their answers to as many as 6 challenging questions.

3. The Collapsing Consensus

The Collapsing Consensus is a simple, but incredibly effective design for collecting and organizing ideas from a group that cleverly ensures a high degree of engagement from participants.

4. Executives and the Common Person

The Executives and the Common Person is based on one undeniable fact. The more people feel engaged in their organizations, the better their performance will be with productivity, morale and profit....

5. Six Step Problem Solving

An adaptable and creative means of solving a problem, while dramatically reducing the possibility of conflict in a group.

6. Kings, Queens and Fairy Tales

Kings, Queens and Fairy Tales is creative design to assess problems, have some fun, and begin the problem-solving process.

7. Genie in the Bottle

A safe way to ask for, and receive feedback, in a group setting.

8. The 7 in 7 Design

This design is an excellent way to build increased trust and stronger relationships within a team.

9. News Conference

The News Conference is a design for getting the truth on the table.

10. The 8 and 6

The 8 and 6 is a powerful design for resolving conflict between two people, while at the same time building a more positive and constructive relationship between them.

11. Paradox

Paradox is a design used to train a working group in the use of paradoxical and creative thinking to look at problems in new, fresh ways.

12. Questions Only Questions

Questions, Only Questions is a wonderful design for unblocking a stuck team.

13. Speak Out

Speak Out, the final of our 13 designs, is helpful when dealing with differences between two groups—especially when those differences relate to how people feel treated in terms of challenging issues...

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just checking in on how to find the videos for this book
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Hi Patrick! There was an unforeseen delay in the video production, but the videos should go up on the website in a blog post the week of February 4. Sorry for the inconvenience, but hope you're enjoying the book in the meantime! --Melissa
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i got a note that the videos for this book are available ?? Where do I find them?
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