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getting full participation

Getting Grounded With Ground Rules

What are Ground Rules? Ground Rules, also referred to as Operating Norms or Operating Agreements (we’ll use this latter term from now on), form the boundary of a group’s process container. In a world where many of our ways of communicating are habitually dysfunctional, creating, committing to, and following good operating agreements is a huge […]

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Prepare More, Meet Less

A smooth running meeting takes a bit of preparation…something most meeting leaders and attendees don’t do. Hence meetings drag on longer than they should, and tend to be less than phenomenal. Those leaders who do come prepared pave the way for productive, sometimes inspiring meetings, offer a great service to those in attendance. Those attendees […]


Modularize Your Workshops

People learn and digest information best when it’s delivered in “bite-sized” chunks over relatively short periods of time. Dividing lengthy trainings and workshops into modules of one hour or so in length facilitates both the learning achieved by your participants, but also the design of the workshop itself. Refer to the following tips when modularization […]


The Abiline Paradox: The Management of Agreement

That July afternoon in Coleman, Texas (population 5,607), was particularly hot – 104 degrees according to the Walgreen’s Rexall’s thermometer. In addition, the wind was blowing fine-grained West Texas topsoil through the house. But the afternoon was still tolerable – even potentially enjoyable. A fan was stirring in the air on the back porch; there […]


Taming the Groupies

What is Groupthink? The term was devised in the 1970s by the American psychologist Irving Janis, who analyzed group decision-making in the Bay of Pigs fiasco. He defined group think as a form of decision-making characterized by uncritical acceptance of a prevailing point of view. It is a form of collective delusion, where bizarre policies are […]


Help Participants Participate

When we ask participants to commit to full participation in our groups and trainings, we may be asking for things our group isn’t familiar with or has forgotten about. Further, even when participants know what to do to fully engage, with all their best intentions, they sometimes simply forget what it is they intended to […]