Whenever a good group suddenly lapses into “going round in circles” or adversarial discussions (however unintended or disguised ), a simple process intervention called “debriefing” always works. In debriefing, a group pauses to self-correct the discussion by getting out of content and examining its process to intercept further slippage.

MinSight: Next time a discussion is derailed, try asking the questions “What are we saying or doing that is helping our process?  What are we saying or doing that is hindering our process?” and “ What have we learned about our process?’ Then, get the discussion back on track.