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How to have breakthrough conversations

How to have breakthrough conversations

In my previous article I addressed my thoughts on how to best facilitate a discussion around strategy with the leaders of an organisation. When a leadership team is gathered together to discuss strategy, as mentioned in the previous article, a great way to start the conversation is to begin with information gathering with a focus on educating everyone in the room. The conversation then evolves to look at the situation through a number of future frames (outlined in detail here). As the team moves through analysing and defining the strategy through these frames, breakthrough questions will begin to emerge. As a facilitator of these workshops, these can be the moments in the meeting that can be a turning point and really move the team forward with momentum. It’s vitally important to recognise when these questions arise, harness them promptly and steer the group into pondering and collaborating on solving these questions.  ..

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Defining your strategy. How to start the conversation

Defining your strategy. How to start the conversation

Recently we were asked by a client to help bring the board and organisation into a conversation around strategy. Within the leadership team there was a heightened sense of tension and opposing priorities. The narrative for some was “we just need to do what we do really well” while others were fixed to the narrative “we need to grow”. Part of facilitating these discussions is to decide on how to start this kind of conversation off on the best foot and to get to an end point where everyone is on the same page.  ..

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