Hello Facilitators👋 I'm really curious about where everyone is from. I'd love to make this a mega post where we can see how diverse the Facilitator Club community is. Who knows, you might find a lot more people in your area than you thought! Once I have lots of answers on this post, I want to make a nice graph!
Last week I facilitated a 2 hour workshop for an insurance company that wants to introduce a new offer to grow and change direction due to new California law that is killing its cash cow offer. To put things in context, in the past I charged $2k for a day. But, it never hurts to ask even thought the thought feels frightening. Best of the experience is that this was the first time I run this type of workshop - “The Story Framework Sprint” and in a new Indutry. Quote from the CEO - “we have too much knowledge in our head that it’s confusing to make sense of it in a simple way”. This helps to simplify our focus.
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This week I lead a workshop for a company that was struggling with culture of innovation so here’s what I recommended : Make innovation a priority. Set aside time and resources for innovation, and make it clear that it is a valued part of your culture. Create opportunities for collaboration and cross-pollination of ideas. Bring together people from different departments and backgrounds to brainstorm and share ideas. Celebrate successes and learn from failures. Create a safe space where people feel comfortable taking risks and trying new things. And when things don't go as planned, don't dwell on the failure. Instead, focus on what you can learn from the experience and how you can improve next time. Empower people to make decisions. Give people the authority to make decisions about their work, and don't micromanage their every move. Let me know what you think and if it’s helpful 🤗
Some good things in here @Salah Bouchma . Changing the culture of an organisation is a slow process, unless you are able to embed that culture at the outset. It requires champions at a senior level of the organisation, and support embedded into the operations. You also want to have clear evaluation criteria and be able to measure the impact (important for buy-in and getting financial resources). would recommend training a range of internal champions, who are then responsible for training within their areas/teams. And have a coaching structure in place to support and reinforce the changes on an ongoing basis. And don't forget training in creativity. You don't get radical innovation without creativity, and need to embrace failure for creativity to flourish. Don't just 'learn from failures.' Celebrate them and actively seek 'intelligent failures' (see Amy Edmonson's work on this). Just some brief, unorganised thoughts while I take a break from grading for my creativity class.
I am currently working with a client to create some ways up to 60 participants can connect with each other BEFORE they join a 10-day virtual leadership training. Here are some ideas I am thinking about, but more importantly: I am super curious if you have experienced or applied a cool idea that you're willing to share i the comments 🙏 🙂 1. Miro Profile Wall Set up a digital whiteboard where all participants can add their profile and browse who else is attending. I am envisioning adding a photo (or an avatar), their social links and answering a few questions about themselves. If you have examples of something like this or similar, please post them below. 2. Onboarding Bingo Create 12 challenges that need to be completed before the first session on a Bingo card. Challenges like: create your profile in the community, comment on someone else's post, send a message to someone, add the sessions to your calendar etc. I have done this several times, but extended the challenges throughout the whole cohort, so we announced winners at the very end. 3. Collective Art Piece I am not exactly sure what technology I would use for this, but I an thinking of a mosaic of individual drawings that create something larger. If this reminds you of something, please let me know. What other ideas do you have?