To get where you want to go, decide your Outcome during the meeting
Individually brainstorm a potential Outcome
As the meeting begins, ask everyone to spend 3 minutes individually brainstorming a potential Meeting Outcome: a brief description of what the group will make, decide or generate during the meeting.
Consolidate the Meeting Outcome in small, and then big, groups
If you have a group larger than 5 people, break into small groups of 2-5 people and share the Outcomes everyone brainstormed individually. Allocate 3 minutes to this. Have each group then spend 5 minutes consolidating each member’s input and creating a Shared Outcome. Now, come back together as a full group and visually present the Shared Outcomes; allocate 3 minutes to doing this. You might, for example, scribble them on a flip chart or a whiteboard. Finally, as a full group, spend 5 minutes consolidating that input and… presto! You have a single, group-decided Meeting Outcome.
Invite everyone to decide on their participation
Now that the Meeting Outcome is clear, and everyone has participated in discovering it, invite everyone who is interested in achieving the Outcome to stay for the rest of the meeting, and allow those who are not to leave.
Give it a Try
Groups who have newly come together, for a new project or to create a new department, have found this technique an inspirational way to consolidate their initial disparate goals. Even groups who have worked together for years have told us it’s energised them to get where they need to go!
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