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EXECUTE: Commonly Occurring Problems

Problem #4: A team member is dominating discussion.

Use a time-out gesture (T with hands) to break in. Say something like: "Sorry, but we've got to take time to come at this from multiple angles." Then turn to someone you think has something to say on the issue, e.g., "Amanda, what are you thinking?"

See Chapter 5 of Techniques for Managing Projects for further advice, including what to do if the dominating team member is YOU.

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