Boost your small group collaboration with these 8 sentences [NVC pt. 2]

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FOR our intro to Nonviolent communication and why you might want to bring it to your group, click here. Nonviolent Communication is collaborative group communication Potato, po-tah-to! Last week we talked about the 4-step process of Nonviolent Communication (NVC). The point of adopting this communication strategy is two-fold: 1. Cut down on petty miscommunication issues, … Read more

Stuck in group email hell? 3 ways to eliminate inbox overload now

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Conducting group business using email alone, as many of us know, is an absolutely Herculean project. Group email hell is a real place. For leaders, the process requires full-time tending. They are forced to orchestrate and monitor every piece of communication with regard to scheduling and decision-making. For members, this collab-via-email “strategy” (if we want … Read more

Group empowerment hot tip: leash your inner control freak

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Control freak-ishness: noun, the tendency towards micromanagement as a coping mechanism for dealing with fear (and unchecked ego) Control freak-ishness is a strategy, albeit a dysfunctional strategy, for dealing with fear. Fear that something will go wrong if the control freak eases up on the reins a bit. Is that you? If you’re the resident … Read more

Consensus Building in Groups pt. 3: the definitive ranking system for dissent

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Two weeks ago we introduced consensus building into our good group management toolbox. Last week, we gave you some malleable steps to bring it to your group process. This week: how to measure dissent in the ranks Dissent in consensus building is a foregone conclusion. The process relies on examining conflict, or challenges to proposed … Read more

Consensus Building in Groups pt. 2: 8 steps to get people talking

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Last week we opened the door on consensus building. What is it? Go read our intro! In brief, it’s a set of social contracts and a process. Consensus building gives groups the ability to make more durable and informed decisions in a way that prioritizes member input. While majority rule voting may work in certain … Read more

Consensus Building in Groups pt. 1: You’re in the Weeds- now what?

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Typically groups don’t need any help getting into conflict, but they may need help getting out of it. We think a big part of good group management and group leadership is knowing how to be a great facilitator when the group is in the weeds, or the rather the muck, of conflict and tension around … Read more

Holding it together in a Pandemic: How to keep Group Engagement high right now

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Good group management means different things on different days It’s been a tough year for group meetings. We all know this. We’re all in different places right now and the lack of unified strategy among the states or clarity in vision from the top leadership has been….a lot to bear witness to. According to the … Read more

Group Dysfunctions: Are these 5 happening in your group?

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Dysfunction junction, what’s your malfunction? We all remember the Schoolhouse Rock conjunction song, right? Anyone? Just us? Bueller? It all comes down to connection In the previous few posts, we’ve talked about how to keep group conflict healthy. We’ve talked about how establishing open feedback loops makes conflict manageable. Today, we’re going to talk about … Read more

Group dynamics: groups vs. teams and why you need to account for both

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Groups vs teams: Aren’t they the same thing? Often, we think of the words ‘group’ and ‘team’ as being interchangable. We use them intuitively without need for a strong distinction. For our purposes today, let’s think of a ‘team’ as a small subset of a larger, ongoing group that comes together for a short time … Read more

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