To achieve a collaborative consensus, it’s crucial to hear from everyone at the table. But what happens when you want to be heard, but get interrupted all the time so your ideas never see the light of day?
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I love using this activity to demonstrate how teams assess information to make a decision. This works well with 5 or more people and time required is 15 minutes. Use a space large enough for the team to sit in … Continue reading
This team activity allows you to creatively demonstrate the power of a collective vision. It works with any size group and requires about 5 minutes. You will need easel paper and a marking pen.
This is an awesome activity for developing cooperation among team members and to gain problem-solving experience. It works best with groups of 4 to 8 people and requires 10 to 15 minutes.
I had the pleasure of being interviewed today for the podcast “Steal the Show” by Michael Port. What a great discussion about facilitation and panel moderation. At one point in the interview, Michael mentioned a technique that he encourages all … Continue reading
I just don’t get it. Team leaders tell me they want more dialogue and discussion among their team members. And yet, when I watch the team dynamics, I notice the “boss” (aka the team leader) interject their comments wayyyy too … Continue reading
Last month, we held an amazing virtual panel on Emotional Intelligence (EI) and teamwork with Scott Halford and Pamela Jett. Thought I would recap some of the key messages so that you can build the EI within your team (and … Continue reading
This team activity demonstrates the issues associated with improving a process. Ideal team size is 10 to 15 people or groups of 10 to 20 people and time requirement is 20 to 30 minutes. You will need a ball (in … Continue reading
It’s never easy to initiate a difficult conversation. You have something to say that is unpleasant or uncomfortable and/or you believe that receiver of the message will not take it well. All in all, it’s never any fun for the sender … Continue reading
I was watching CNN this morning in the lobby of the Hyatt Place in Midtown, NY when I glanced at the television blaring a CNN segment on guns and violence. The commentator made a series of “problem” statements and then suggested … Continue reading
Your team meets to discuss an important topic or question. One person comments, another person adds another comment that may or may not support the first comment. Then a naysayer chimes in and says, “We can’t do that!” and then takes … Continue reading
Many years ago, when Richard Nixon was president, there was a U.S. senator who was receiving an award at the White House.
Have you ever noticed that at the beginning of each football game the players and the coach put their heads together and have a motivational huddle, bringing solidarity to the group and a positive kick off to the game? This … Continue reading
“Honestly….” “Truth be told…” “I’ll be honest…” “To tell you the truth…”
During the first break of a four-hour workshop with over 100 attendees, the meeting planner ran over to me and gave minute-by-minute feedback on what he thought went great and his opinions on what he would have done differently. He … Continue reading