Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Don't Just Do Something, Stand There!

I've just got back from Edinburgh where I had a fantastic time at the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) European Conference - the Festival of Facilitation. One of the speakers was Sandra Janoff, co-founder of Future Search. Sandra reminded us why meetings are so important.

We are often cynical about the effectiveness of meetings, especially in large organisations, however meetings are where we could be doing our most important work - resolving issues, making decisions and achieving genuine understanding.

Sandra has co-written a book with Marvin Weisbord describing 10 principles for successful meetings. They show exactly how to establish a meeting structure that will give everyone a sense of common vision and purpose, make productive use of dissension, and encourage people to take responsibility rather than passively waiting to be told what to do.

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