Author Archives: Simon Wilson

Effective hybrid meetings

As restrictions ease, teams and organisations are thinking about how to manage meetings when some participants may be at home and others may be office based: these are known as hybrid meetings. A hybrid meeting is where some participants join through one method and other participants join by another method....

What is under the surface of virtual meetings?

Many of us have learned the nuts and bolts of virtual meetings quickly with the sudden shift to working from home.  As well as practical tutorials and top tips people are now talking about the psychology of meeting at a distance.  This blog asks some questions about what is happening...

Planning virtual meetings

Some weeks in to the coronavirus restrictions, people are connecting through virtual meetings.  But are you planning meetings so they are effective, participative and achieve their goals? This matters most for complex meetings, perhaps a strategic discussion with external collaborators.  But good planning matters for any meeting even it’s only...

What is the power of facilitation?

I’m working with an international group putting together a book on the Power of Facilitation. I am co-authoring a chapter on collaboration. I’ve been facilitating groups for more than twenty years and for much of that time I’ve defined myself principally as a facilitator more than as a consultant, coach...

Flipping the page

‘We don’t get asked for them much anymore.  But we must have one somewhere’. It was the first time I realised that the flip chart may be on its way out. I first encountered a flip chart as a meeting participant in the late eighties.  I remembered being baffled as...

Co-production, hammers and nails

We have been facilitating co-production for several years.  In public services this is where the people providing the service and those receiving it work together on equal terms.  We’ve worked with citizens and service providers to improve health and other services. A speech by Mark Brown to a ‘Fulfilling Lives’...

Who knows where Trustees’ time goes?

What makes for good trustees and good governance? I am fascinated by this question. I’ve been on several trustee boards – local, national and international – and advised and supported different types of board. I value the volunteer model in which people give their time and expertise to oversee the...

How distant is distant?

I’ve been working with groups for years, helping them improve how they work together. The question of geography often comes up as a barrier to working together. When I probe, ‘geography’ can mean many things – one team in London, one in LA; a remote outpost in the North, core...