This past week, Joe and I were doing some strategic thinking with our dear friends, Brian and Barbara Tracy. One of our discussion items was around “trends.” I have always differentiated between an event (one isolated incident otherwise known as … Continue reading
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Corporate boards often talk about strategic issues at their meetings – but in my experience as a professional meeting facilitator, they talk about the strategic issues they know about. The ones they can see on their horizon. But what about … Continue reading
This week, I am facilitating a breakout session at a conference where the opening keynote was Joe Brown, Portfolio Director for IDEO, an innovative global design company. As he was describing their design-thinking process, Joe shared some insights into how … Continue reading
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
Have you ever witnessed a manager who failed to step up and address a one-time problem with a specific solution, but rather created a general “policy” to regulate all employee behavior? This is not only indirect and unclear communication, but … Continue reading
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.
At church this past Sunday, a lady told me her son came away from one of my events inspired and positive about his future. However, she continued to imply that my remarks about a person’s ability to get anything they … Continue reading
Last week, at the MPI World Education Congress, I went to the “Rendevous” Foundation event featuring the band, Train. (I’m a huge fan… the ringtone for my husband is a lick from the hit song, Get to Me).
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
This blog is NOT about buying a new car…but it IS about the decision-making process I used this week in THINKING about buying a new car.
Happy New Year! Per our tradition, Joe and I are spending the week updating our strategic plans. We review the past year’s metrics while noting our accomplishments and things we would have done differently. We also reflect on the … 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
I am working on a special project for a client – and one of the team members has very specific opinions about the outcome. As long as he gets his way, I am sure he’ll be happy. So he sees his primary job … Continue reading
Every child is born with four basic emotions: happiness, sadness, fear, and anger. These hardwired emotions are neither positive nor negative, they just are. It is the utility of these emotions that make them positive or negative.
I often see posters in the corporate hallways espousing a list of values — those qualities and attributes the organization holds most dear. Typical words like; “respect, teamwork or innovation”, and sometimes I see “integrity”.