ASP Nonprofit Center for Excellence First Mondays Series
Date & Time: December 4, 2017, 4:00-5:00 pm US Eastern Time
Facilitating the People-Side: No More “Meetings-From-Hell”
Facilitated by: Sheridan Barker, Global Managing Partner, Haines Center for Strategic Management
Another “Meeting-From-Hell”? Have you ever been a participant in, or heaven forbid, the facilitator in charge of a strategic planning meeting that “went south”? If you have ever worked on a team, committee or board, you have probably experienced a meeting where chaos reigned, where a bully took over, or where everyone checked out before their bodies arrived in the room.
Effective strategic planning meetings require intentional preparation of processes and structures, aka a clear agenda, defined outcomes, and strategies to gather input, process multiple perspectives, and make decisions. However, many leaders forget to prepare for the people-side of the meeting—a fatal error. People make up meetings—people with conflicting agendas, people with intent to sabotage the outcome, people who hate the “process” of effective problem solving, or people who are “just plain” bullies. The final First Mondays discussion of 2017 will focus on the art and science of meeting facilitation to ensure productive outcomes. Our discussion will cover the following questions:
- How does the physical set-up of the room impact people in the meeting?
- What are the roles and responsibility of the facilitator?
- What are the roles and responsibilities of participants in an effective meeting?
- What processes do facilitators use to ensure “good behavior” during a meeting?
- What strategies do effective facilitators use to handle difficult people in a meeting?
- the bully
- the negative objector
- the warm body
- the bird-walker
- the side talker
- the wind-bag
- How do effective groups handle decision-making?
The discussion will be moderated by Sheridan Barker, Ed.D. Sheri is Global Partner and co-owner of the Haines Centre for Strategic Management and an ASP-certified Strategic Management Professional. She specializes in strategic planning and implementation, leadership development and building collaborative cultures that enhance organizational effectiveness, thereby producing superior results.
Participation in First Mondays is free but registration is required to participate. We anticipate a large crowd for this discussion so we encourage you to reserve your seat quickly. Registrants will receive an email with connection information on the day of the discussion.
First Mondays 2018
The first Monday in January falls on January 1, so we will resume our discussions in February. The topic will be strategic foresight, how to identify and prepare for potential threats and capitalize on hidden opportunities. A fittingly forward-looking topic for the start of the New Year!
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