Facilitators’ guide to keeping a meeting on track

The best system does not help if we can’t do it in our groups. How can we keep our teams on track?

I assume that we’re talking about a scenario where the group has been trained on process. As colleague Jerry Koch-Gonzalez says: sociocracy depends more on good followers than on good facilitators. Culture training does not change overnight, and none of us have grown up in non-coercive systems. It takes practice and more practice to replace our internalized coercive patterns by non-coercive, truly collaborative ones.

So, let’s say you facilitate a meeting where everyone has received some basic training. The group still has a tendency of getting off track — which basically describes any group. What can you do?

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