Editorials

Unveiling the Magic of Hybrid Facilitation
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Why what happens behind the scenes has a direct impact on the success of a meeting As the world continues to adapt to new ways of working in this post-COVID era, hybrid meetings have emerged as a captivating act for...
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Three Leadership Insights into Psychological Safety and Team Success
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Imagine the following scenario: You are in a meeting with ten other coworkers. Your team leader sets forth a plan for an upcoming deadline. The deadline is unrealistic, and you know it. You want to say something, but this team...
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Connection before content: Using the check-in effectively before starting a meeting
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Understanding where your teammates are can help improve the outcome In March 2020, I had the pleasure of facilitating a value engineering workshop with Marne Maykowskyj, who had recently joined VMS. During one of our breaks, she shared with me...
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The Innovation of Others Can Be Your Gain
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Change can be scary. Change can be especially scary when you’re not the one who is instigating the change. Throughout history, there have been many instances when a new idea was broadcasted, and the creator subsequently vilified as a disruptor...
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Simple Questions Can Help You Find Value
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When a child asks “why?” or “how come?” for hours on end it can be maddening for adults, but in the context of Value Methodology, it is precisely these questions that bring success. By breaking down a project or a...
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Three Questions to Ask to Avoid the Pitfalls of Institutional Lore
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I have a real issue with the very concept of conventional wisdom. Maybe it’s the fact that the very term “everyone knows” is begging the question “Does everyone know? Because I sure as heck don’t.” This gives rise to the...
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5 Ways to Make Space For Change
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I don’t know if I’m alone in this thought, but I’m glad that 2018 is over.  Last year not only flew by, but it did so with so many whips and curves that my neck has developed a permanent kink....
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Value, Defined
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At VMS we work to improve the value of all our client’s projects But what exactly is value? Our technical definition of value is the relationship between performance, cost, time, and risk in accomplishing a function or set of functions. ...
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