I broke my “meetings” rule. To be fair to myself, my attendance at this particular meeting (where I was supposed to facilitate the afternoon session) pre-dates my “no more meetings” promise…
I am not going to say much, cos I don’t want to break the rule even more, and because there are certain delicacies.
I will say this much. If you have a strong feeling about how a decision should go, where a discussion should come to some form of consensus, then YOU SHOULD NOT FACILITATE IT.
There, I shouted. Because I can’t believe I am having to type this. It is so obvious that a tolerably intelligent four-year old should be able to grasp the concept.
Do not do this or you will – whether you “intend” to or not – end up facipulating. You will manipulate the facilitation process to your agenda. And people will be too polite, too ignorant or – in my case – too gob-smacked, to stop you. And you will think you somehow ‘got away with it.’
Oh, and feedback forms. Is it that difficult? Really?
That is all.