For those of us sheltering in place, we’re doing business virtually, using robust meeting tools such as Zoom, GoToMeeeting, and MS Teams. But it’s dang difficult to have a meaningful conversation when there are a lot of people on the line, so many just sit back in “listen mode.” Continue reading “Use a “Breakout Room” to Facilitate Virtual Meetings” »
Now that many of us are stuck at home, work must still go on. We’re still meeting, just not face to face. Even though companies have been using virtual web-based tools for years, (Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting, or MS Team seem to be the most popular), it seemed like they were using it more for webinar “broadcast” events.
Continue reading “How to Facilitate a Virtual Meeting: Roles, Tips, & Responsibilities” »
As a fan of continuous improvement, I was intrigued by Dan Heath’s new book, Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen. It starts with an oft-told story of two campers who save a drowning child…only to see another struggling child drift by….and then another. One of the campers starts to walk away when the remaining camper demands to know where he is going. The answer: “I’m going upstream to tackle the guy who is throwing all these kids in the water.” Continue reading “Book Review: Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen” »
I am so tired of hearing about the coronavirus and how we should all do this and that. Here’s what we should NOT do: Continue reading “Team Ground Rules During the Coronavirus Pandemic” »
Whenever I facilitate a strategic planning session, I like to leave the team with the ability to execute on the plan. One of the key roles is the “champion” for the overall plan and one for each strategic initiative. This is the person – typically the person high enough in the food chain AND who was in the strategic planning session – who has the most to gain (or lose) when the initiative is completed. Continue reading “Find a “Champion” to Help Execute Your Strategic Plan” »