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Fast Company published an article on questions titled: How the Most Successful People Ask Questions that I found interesting and useful to consider. But while the article identified concepts that I agree with, their descriptions and examples were misleading.

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This week we’ve put together a few of our favourite articles from around the web on Leadership.

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The presence and strength of an emotional connection with your audience will determine whether they value and ultimately buy your offering

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Strategic facilitation encourages and helps teams to create shared understanding and commitment to the organization or project. It can be a vital step in reconciling the viewpoints of people who do not share a common purpose, renewing energy in a team that does, eliciting qualitative feedback, or simply getting to know one another on a different level.

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To recap, in the last three posts I identifed a number of situations in which an experienced, external facilitator can play a beneficial role. In this post I'll touch on two more.

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A facilitator with solid business and leadership experience can introduce frameworks into any dialogue to help participants organize their own individual and collective thoughts, helping to build mutual understanding across the group.

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In an earlier post, I identified six situations in which external facilitation can be highly beneficial. In this post. I'll take a closer look at the first two: When there are multiple and diverse viewpoints in the group, and when a shared understanding of issues and preferences is a prerequisite for success.

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Having a facilitator to ensure a meeting runs smoothly and accomplishes what it’s supposed to is always a good idea. The question is, should you look outside or choose someone from within your company?

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Comments like "I’m too busy to take the day off to attend a retreat” can be code for any number of things. Because it can have an extremely negative impact on other members of your team, it’s important to identify any participants who might feel this way and deal with the issue directly.

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