I had the pleasure of reading this excerpt from The Promise: President Obama, Year One by Jonathan Alter (2009. NY: Simon & Schuster) on the International Association of Facilitators’ Forum.   Thought I would share it with you.  Sounds to me like … Continue reading

Email has the enormous potential for enabling, as well as complicating, the ways we communicate.  Lisa Kimball, a forerunner of the Virtual Team concept, calls email the “pigeon of technology.  It’s everywhere.”  Whether you are two feet away or two … Continue reading

Since US Thanksgiving is tomorrow, I wonder how many of us are really thankful that we get to give a presentation? As one of our biggest fears, public speaking can be seen as a chore – something you HAVE to … Continue reading

If you think you are on a lousy team, ask yourself this question: Was the team was lousy before you got there, or did you bring “lousy” to the team? I have never liked the notion “there is no ‘I’ … Continue reading

If it walks like a duck, it probably is a duck.  If you think you are doing all the talking, you probably are!  To get more interaction, provide opportunities for team members to physically and mentally engage them in the … Continue reading

Many teams suffer with constant interruptions of team “airtime.”  Airtime is one of the most valuable team commodities because most people are largely influenced (for better or worse) by whoever is speaking! As a speaker, you want to be clear … Continue reading