I was facilitating a meeting when one of the participants said, “I didn’t have a choice.”
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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.
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
We make decisions all the time. From the moment the alarm goes off (Shall I get up or hit the snooze button?) to the time we go to bed, we are constantly making decisions. Many are “ritualistic” – those decisions … 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
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.
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 the recent Chief Executive Network Fall Leadership Conference at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Brent Adamson, principal executive advisor at CEB and co-author of The Challenger Sale and The Challenger Customer, shared his insights on the … Continue reading
We make decisions each and every day. Some are little, some are big and a few are life-changing. Regardless of the relative importance of the decision, I like to use this one simple question that I call “the light switch … Continue reading
This exercise works great to demonstrate the concept of informal roles and how it affects the team dynamic and decision-making process. Assemble a group of six or more people. The activity takes 30 minutes and you will need to have the … 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
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
I recently had a tough decision to make regarding a business venture. On the upside, it was a potential opportunity to considerably increase revenues. On the downside, it would consume substantial resources and precious personal time.
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.