Four F-Strategies for Setting Group Norms

“How do we want to work together as a group for greatest success?”

Groups that agree on their meeting code of conduct, or session norms, are more productive and achieve better results.

TIP: To facilitate the task of gaining agreement on meeting agreements, you might try one of these four facilitation strategies:

1. FAST: Offer a starting list of possible ground rules, and refine as needed.

2. FULLY OWNED:Help a group develop their own norms by asking, “Think of the characteristics of effective meetings. What can we do to support each other in achieving this?”

3. FULL PARTICIPATION: Create a level playing field between participants of different ranks by targeting norms that encourage everyone to leave their ranks at the door.

4. FUN: A team that will work together over time to playfully list the behaviours they don’t want to see ☺!

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Author: myriamlaberge

M.A. (Economics), Certified Professional Facilitator Founder & Managing Director