Technology enhanced facilitation is an important tool to help groups and teams achieve greater performance.
The power of explicit decision-making empowers groups by offering a clear process to move forward. Its presence enhances teams ability to productively make decisions, while the absence of clarity around decision-making can be a barrier to performance improvement.
Systems thinking is a key facilitation skill. It is the ability to frame your current meeting agenda in the larger context of your organization and the even larger context of the world in which you operate.
Whatever method you choose to use to evaluate and measure your meeting performance, the key is to define an objective process where each team member’s input can be valued and aggregated to help you have confidence in the collective judgment of how your meetings work or don’t work for your team. By introducing measurement into the meeting process it creates yet another way to help your team operate more effectively.
Creating a meaningful and effective meeting agenda takes time, thought and energy. The payoff is meeting member focus around expectations and process.
I believe that for functional teams meeting minutes serve as a “relay race baton” between the past, the present and the future.