Examples of Ground Rules. Tips for Facilitators

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Examples of Ground Rules. Tips for Facilitators
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands

What are Ground Rules?
When you're going to participate in some form of group activity, it's a good idea to agree beforehand upon some rules all participants must follow. Such agreements are called: Ground Rules (GR).
GR are the standards of conduct for meetings, brainstorming sessions, trainings, workshops, mediation, arbitration and other forms of consensus building.
They may cover the behavior of the participants, the role and behavior of the facilitator, the methods and process to be used, and the substance of the discussions.

Ground Rules Synonyms
GR are also being called: discussion guidelines, community norms, participation agreements, a protocol, or rules of engagement.

Why are Ground Rules Important?
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Charles Tombazian, Management Consultant, United States
I borrowed one from a Peter Senge Principal. "P...

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nuria bages, Management Consultant, Spain
A variant of the ground rule you have mentioned is...

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Yvette Elcock, UK
- Some great ideas here! I especially like Gary's ...

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Andrew Blaine, Business Consultant, South Africa
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Garth Nowland-Foreman, New Zealand
Paul Gorsky, otherwise a strong supporter of GR ar...

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Arif ur Rehman, Professor, Pakistan
GR equip any group activity to move ahead without ...

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Kees van der Zanden, Consultant, Netherlands
Dear Jaap and commentors, in my experience, the mo...

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Maggie Golding, HR Consultant, United States
@Kees van der Zande...

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antonio esquivias villalobos, Teacher, Spain
I add to the rules : END OF THE COURSE, to have co...

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M Banville, HR Consultant, Canada
I always suggest the group to add a last one to th...

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Tom Wilson, HR Consultant, United States
@Gary Wong: Add...

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Gwande, Project Manager, Zimbabwe
I totally agree. Participants should sacrifice per...

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Mrs. Josephine Idele, Partner, Nigeria
In meetings there is often a tendency by certain p...

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Arif ur Rehman, Professor, Pakistan
As Controller of Examinations, at a leading privat...

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Tom Wilson, HR Consultant, United States
@Arif ur Rehman...

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Jagdish B Acharya, Consultant, India
What we expect from group members can be described...

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Steven Keleman, Ed.D., Management Consultant, United States
The word "but" is often used to disagree with the ...

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@Steven Keleman, Ed...

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Yemi Smith, Management Consultant, Nigeria
The article and comments are quiet enlightening. M...


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