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Understand the Early Signs of Dysfunction

Facilitators must constantly be on the lookout for the early signs of dysfunction. What are the signs? Let’s do some obvious comparisons by contrasting what people do when they are actively engaged in work they feel good about versus what they do when they are not engaged in work they feel good about, as shown in the following list:

When People Are Engaged When People Are Not Engaged
Involvement in the discussion


Whenever a group of people come together, there’s the potential for participants to act inappropriately. As meeting leader, it’s part of your job to prevent the meeting from being derailed by dysfunctional behavior. Discover how to spot early warning signs of potentially disruptive behavior and learn a powerful formula for resolving dysfunction in meetings.