We all have to lead contentious meetings from time to time. Either the topic or participants pose a challenge to a thoughtful exchange of ideas. There seems to be little hope of arriving at decisions that all will support. The usual prescriptions for such meetings emphasize changing behavior or using some set of meeting rules. Both are difficult.
There is another approach, one that relies on choosing structures that will influence the conduct of the meeting. The structural choices a leader makes, even if unseen/unrecognized by participants, can greatly improve the civility and productivity of these meetings. In this webinar I will help you see some of these structures (the naked meeting) and introduce choices you can make in planning, conducting or achieving results given a (potentially) contentious meeting.
- How to recognize unseen structures behind contentious meetings
- How to apply selected tools for implementing effective meeting structures in contentious settings including tools for:
- Using space to promote a different interaction
- Reaching a decision
- Structuring a respectful discussion
- Building decisions
Rick Lent has spent the last 25 years studying effective structures for different meetings and applying them in his work facilitating meetings around the world with non-profit, NGO, and community organizations as well as businesses of all sizes. He provides design and facilitation services, and also coaches leaders on how to improve their own meetings using his techniques. He is committed to helping leaders everywhere do a better, easier job of building new ideas and aligning the actions of the participants in their meetings – no matter how difficult the subject. Two publications will be released later this year on this work: Meeting for Results Tool Kit, and Naked Meetings:Using Unseen Structures to Achieve Results.
Meeting for Results was established as a dedicated service of Brownfield & Lent to help leaders of nonprofit and other organizations run more effective meetings. Our services include consulting, workshops and presentations. Our approach is described on www.meetingforresults.com. We also provide stories of meeting successes and challenges on the Meeting for Results blog. An e-book designed to help leaders run more effective meetings will be released later this spring: Meeting for Results Tool Kit: Make Your Meetings Work. By the end of this year Rick will also publish Naked Meetings: Using Unseen Structures to Achieve Results – A Handbook for Leaders.
Meeting for Results is based in Massachusetts. Rick Lent works with nonprofit organizations throughout the Northeast and elsewhere.