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In principle, it is best to make the rules before taking the field, before starting the meeting. When we decide HOW we are going to make decisions before we find ourselves in the tension of making them, it lowers our chances of conflict. It is much easier to establish proposal development steps and...
Views since 5/2014: 3,340
In principle, more often than not, a group will develop a great solution to the wrong problem. Before proceeding with a solution we need to see that it is aimed squarely at the problem and to do that we need to bring the problem into focus. Taking time to define the problem may seem like “...
Views since 5/2014: 3,151
In principle, it is rarely beneficial to say the first thing that comes to mind. Just because I think or feel something does not mean I have to say it. Even when there is a sense of urgency; especially when there is a sense of urgency, I am better off if I take time to breathe, reflect, and...
Views since 5/2014: 3,343
In principle, understanding is that upon which we stand. It is the basis for all our beliefs and actions, like a foundation. All we do and say is based upon our understanding of the situation. We do best to make sure we fully understand before judging and before acting. Practical Tip: Be aware...
Views since 5/2014: 3,002
In principle, a good team is a group of people who try to make each other look good. Harry Truman said, “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” Similarly, we can spend huge amounts of energy caring about who gets the blame. To make good group decisions, we...
Views since 5/2014: 3,868
In principle, a simple but important decision I have to make every moment in a group is whether to open my mouth or to keep it shut; to talk or to listen. I contribute best to good group decisions if I set the default to “listen.” After all, God gave me two open ears and one closeable mouth. I...
Views since 5/2014: 2,904
In principle, the three fundamental steps that make a meeting great are to (1) plan what you are going to meet about, (2) actually meet according to the plan, and then (3) write up the meeting results. Practical tip: In the case of an upcoming meeting, the meeting facilitator and/or group leaders...
Views since 5/2014: 3,015
In principle, the best group decisions are based on shared understanding of everyone's perspective, and the best way to get a quick read of where everyone stands is to take a straw vote. A straw vote is not a real vote; it does not count over the long run, like straw. Someone might say, “Let's just...
Views since 5/2014: 2,933
In principle, it is a shared vision that holds a group together; a common view of how people want things to be different in the future. If my opinion of how things should change does no overlap with yours, in at least a tiny way, we have no reason to work together. It may be that we disagree on...
Views since 5/2014: 2,982
In principle, when group participants are allowed to manipulate the process to favor specific programs, it tilts power toward a few, limits creativity, and clogs efficiency. It is typical in Congress, state legislatures, and town governments, for instance, to spend a lot of time debating process...
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