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Collaboration Explained: Facilitation Skills for Software Project Leaders by Jean Tabaka

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Chapter 20. Closing the Collaborative Meeting

Just as a servant leader guides a team in participatory decision making throughout the meeting, so must the leader guide the team in collaboratively Closing the meeting. The Closing plays a remarkably key role in how a collaborative meeting’s work and decisions weave back into the work of the group. It sews together all the pieces of convergence and divergence accumulated during the meeting to create a sturdy fabric of consensus and action. Therefore, it is worth your time to become an adept meeting closer. Some simple steps outlined here will be your guide.

Take the Time to Close

A sure sign of a poorly planned, poorly managed meeting is the two-minute close: You’ve run out of time and the team ...

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