I was facilitating a meeting when one of the participants said, “I didn’t have a choice.”
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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
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