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Meeting Design by Kevin M. Hoffman

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CHAPTER 8Chart the Course Using Middle Meetings

When a team is further into working together on a project, habits transform into “business as usual.” The meaning of “usual” depends on the number of people, prior successes, personality types, and many more factors. To get a group of varied personalities and perspectives to stay rallied around an outcome over a long project is hard. Different backgrounds, skill sets, and conflicts will slow things down at best, or at worst will bring them to a complete halt.

But as you know from Chapter 4, “Manage Conflict with Facilitation,” working through conflict and discomfort is healthy and necessary. People with good intentions have different facilitation styles and unspoken plans. Those differences contain ...

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