Meetings are the most universal - and universally despised - part of business life. They are plagued by lack of focus, ineffectiveness, domination and unsatisfactory outcomes.
The more there is at stake, the more participants tend to defend their interests – failing to see the larger picture, and forgetting the shared aim for the session. A skilled neutral facilitator can help navigate interactions so that the focus is preserved, diverse voices are heard, and solutions are created based on the wisdom of all present.
Complex meetings that can benefit from the presence of a skilled facilitator include topics such as:
- Mission, vision and values creation
- Innovative solutions for product/service development
- Collaborative performance review and planning for future interactions
- Strategic planning
- Management retreats