Once you have addressed the problem, now it’s time to move into the analysis phase. Now this is the tricky part where our cognitive biases influence our thinking. Wikipedia, otherwise known as the font of all knowledge, lists 175 biases … Continue reading
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This is an entertaining team activity that demonstrates the concept of a “stretch” goal. It works with any size group and requires about five to 10 minutes. You will need an easel chart or whiteboard and a marking pen.
“What were they thinking?” Roger, the CEO of a mid-sized US-based company was shaking his head, lamenting a recent recommendation presented by one of his business units. “I just don’t get it! It’s like they didn’t think through the ramifications … Continue reading
Many books on “Change” are highly theoretical; whereas Lior Arussy’s latest book, Next is Now: 5 Steps for Embracing Change – Building a Business that Thrives into the Future asserts that change is highly personal. Whether you are leading changes within … Continue reading
I just got back from the ISA – The Association of Learning Providers’ Annual Business Retreat – full of great insights and networking with other executives of training companies. (Hence, the reason why my weekly blog post is a bit later … Continue reading
I was facilitating a meeting when one of the participants said, “I didn’t have a choice.”
Have you ever been in a situation where you simply felt overwhelmed? So many things to do…392 emails to act on, seven people knocking on your door, and oh, you forgot to call your mother. All of which are demanding … Continue reading
This activity is a great tool to demonstrate the value of planning and teamwork. It works best with groups of four to ten people and requires 30 minutes.
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
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