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What Goes Around, Comes Around

Posted by Kristin Arnold on February 10, 2008

Ben Synder gave me a big bear hug. It took me a second to figure out who he is…it’s been a year since I have seen him. Ben is the CEO of Systemation, a “performance improvement learning solutions company” and a member of ISA – the Association of Learning Providers. I was facilitating the C-Level Mastermind Session in Washington DC – and Ben was back with his colleagues to learn from each other.

He said, “I learned something from you during our last session that I do all the time. In our meetings, I simply go around the table and ask for everyone to participate. It’s great!”

Simple technique: When you pose a question for discussion, let the first person volunteer to speak, and then ask if they want to “go to your right or to your left.” They get to pick who talks next, and then just keep going around the table (clockwise or counterclockwise).

Simple technique with far-reaching abilities to make teamwork happen.

Question: What are you doing to get everyone participating?