Jump-starting a stalled meeting

The conversation was robust. We had been going through the issues for the past three hours — some had dug their heels in and simply said: “This is not going to work”; others complained: “You have not even given us a chance to prove that this could end up positively for all of us”. Emotions started surfacing and people were taking sides. The conversation quality was swiftly deteriorating and no further ideas were forthcoming. The…