16
JUL
2015

Your Group on Conflict: 7 Questions that Reveal Team Chemistry

I had a problem. An important element of my newly invented facilitation tool Shift/POV was not being received as well as I had hoped.  And no matter how I tried to rework the marketing language, the instructions, the methodology, somehow, the Random Factor insight prompts were...
12
JUN
2015

Learn from My Mistake: 5 Questions that will Save Your Big Idea!

There are times when I’m not a very subtle person. I get enthusiastic about a new brainstorm and want to share with others right away. Why I don’t know better after decades in this world, I don’t know. But maybe writing about it will help me – and you! – in laying the...
07
APR
2015

A Sense of Place…. How well do you know where you work?

I first notice the contrast in light – dark blue mountains in the background as the storm clouds grumble away – slapped into submission by strong western sunlight.  And the lake surrounded by hills – the blue mirroring the mountains, but broken by brilliant...
11
MAR
2015

3 Ways to Unlearn from Experience…

When I was growing up in Colorado, my dad was a rock climbing instructor and just about every summer/fall weekend would find us up in the Rockies dangling from ropes hundreds of feet above the ground. I still know how to knot the rope around my waist, and if I ever find myself...
13
FEB
2015

6 Ways to use SILENCE in Your Next Meeting & Why You Want To…

I have a brilliant colleague – maybe you do too – who will NOT stop talking. A group of us drove with her from Portland, ME to Boston for an education event, and she proceeded in her 1-way “conversation” for the entire two-hour drive. I kept wondering how she was able...
01
FEB
2015

Love em or Hate em…Games have Impact in Adult Learning

People have interesting reactions to training “games” in the workplace. And interesting varieties of history with them, often predicated on whether or not they have “won” a particular game, and whether games were effectively used as learning tools in their formative years. In the...
05
DEC
2014

Why it’s Worth Getting Input from the Misfits and Mavericks

Despite the cold scrambled egg breakfasts and ubiquitous power point presentations in my monthly networking groups, I try to stay alert to new ideas and intriguing new terms, like this one: “Integrated Marginality”.  I googled it and found studies done decades ago on...
21
NOV
2014

We Are All Elephants

You enter the meeting like a Ninja warrior.  You are prepped, pumped and powerful.  This time, you’ll really knock their socks off…. They have to sign on to this idea…it’s a no-brainer solution!  You do the sales pitch of a lifetime – everything works! ...
06
NOV
2014

5 Ways to Get Your Colleague (You Know the One) into Presentation Training

He’s your content expert ….. and his personality disappears in presentations. She’s the smartest engineer on your team…and her body language radiates hostility in public settings…. Or, perhaps he’s the star IT techie so sure of himself in front of an audience...
29
OCT
2014

What’s one thing we really CAN fix?

Amy Chen’s intriguing LinkedIn question seems simple on the surface: (If you could change one thing, what would it be? #FixIt) But how do you choose from the tsunami of possibilities? Here’s one behavioral issue that may underlie a host of other...
14
OCT
2014

Three Ideas to Get Your Group Unstuck

So your group needs to make a decision and here they are at the same impasse that has derailed the process before. Time to do something different. Three strategies you can employ right now: 1. Change the context to get everyone out of a predictable and often comfortable...
17
SEP
2014

Group Soup:  Getting closer to Umami with just the right diversity of “ingredients”

I’m excited about my third round as facilitator in a University training for Search Committees – those charged with hiring teaching faculty in this fairly large university campus.  I have already done two highly praised facilitations and now I have a choice:  I can go safe:...