Dear fellows, I'm sitting at a new concept around team communication and would be happy if you would like to share your best exercise and ideas around the topic - Improve team communication Thanks in advance 😍
Can you say some more about the specific challenges that this team is facing, a little more about the context of the workshop and what kind of participants is involved? Team communication is really important, but it can cover really different issues.
Dear all, in yesterdays call we had a question around a follow-up process with our clients. As Rebecca mentioned AJ & Smart don't follow up. Their offer is just the workshop, maybe the Who-What-When and that's all. I would like to know if you partner or recommend with agencies or consultants to help your clients with the next steps? How do you handle this in the best case? As I mentioned last week, I want to change my business model a bit and I only want to work in my zone of genius, for example workshops for problem discovery and identification (thanks to Jonathan for the impulse). Since last week I was wondering what to do with the information out of a workshop like this. Will my client be able to handle it by themselves? Looking forward to your ideas and thoughts.
Great question. I have partnered with some collegues and we offer different sevices. So we recommend each other, or work together to help the customer. And if that is not possible, I will happpily help them to other people if I can. It creates loyalty that we help each other.
Upcoming Challenge: 3-day Hybrid workshop Workshop scope: I am doing a 3-day Hybrid workshop for a start-up team in Heidelberg for 30 people from July 10-13. 8 people are on-site, the rest are remote. Very diverse nationalities. Language: English. Time zone. CET My problem: My energy goes down and my attention suffers and pulls away from the participants if I have to care too much about the technical flow of the workshop. 1. Job profile: Tech Miro support / remote co-facilitator Description: Technical support for Miro. I am looking for someone who can help me with the technical aspects of the workshop so that I can moderate freely, make sure that the participants are digitally on the right board, take the next step (access the right board, put sticky notes on the board in time, or split participants into different rooms, keep track of time, and monitor chat progress and make me aware of it), and potentially also act as a co-facilitator. 2. Job profile: Miro Board Builder I am looking for someone to build me Miro boards for workshops. Urgency: the workshop is in ten days - July 10-13 - and I am in the middle of preparation. Time slots to talk: this weekend 3-7 pm Monday: 6-7 pm Tuesday at 5-8 pm To facilitate communication, please only contact people who are in the same time zone. Berlin, CET. Money: It's not a corporate, but a startup that is tight on cash. Therefore, don't expect a cash cow. Payment: Moderate hourly/daily rates but certainly very good to get to know each other and practice a setup. Looking forward to suggestions or interest from the community. Lenard
I've got this challenge to sketch some projects with 150 people in only two and a half hours to do it. I'm planning to split the group into different forms along the way, but I've never worked with a group like that, so I'd love any suggestion you guys may share! :)
The guiding points of what to do lies ofcourse in the purpose of the meeting. However here are an idea that might or might not fit: Make sure to create some facilitators amongst the participants. If possible in good time before the workshop, on a short online session. Or meeting with the “facilitators” half an hour before the workshop. You can send out a cheat-sheet beforehand. Or if that is not possible then give facilitation instructions on the spot. I might say: The person having birthday closest to Xmas is facilitator (you want to avoid the Alpha taking charge). And you responsibilities as facilitators are three things: 1. Keep the time, 2. Keep the focus and 3. Keep everyone engaged. And with point #3. I might say: That means that the talkers amongst you (let’s see some hands - who are talkers here?) you will speak less than normal. Is that Ok? And those of you who are thinking before you are talking (who are you? - lets see some hands) You will speak a little more than normal. Ok? And the facilitator will help with that, by interupting the talkers and inviting the no so much talkers. There is ofcourse more to it - but this might give some ideas. The purpose of this is to make a workshop with a larger group succeed with less babbling and to kick some facilitation behaviors into the world ;-) and thirdly the client might ask you to help them facilitate meetings in the future ;-) All the best - Kenneth Agerholm
I have been nerding a lot with Theory U and have been using it in many types of workshops. In my experience, the theory and the book do need a lot of translation into practical exercises, etc. to escape the academic traps. But I believe that the theory carries a fantastic insight into transformation processes in groups. It is interconnecting at least three different theories or pracitises, that we as facilitators are working with: 1. Bringing people out of their habitual thinking, 2. Establishing a true zone of openness, discovery and creativity and 3. Prototyping and implementing. ;-))) Heyyy - I see that other people like @Svenja Floberg Thiel have worked with U - that´s great.
I am doing a keynote in august on a facilitation conference. There are two themes in the keynote: a) Significant trends in facilitation the past 10 years, and b) What is the future bringing for the facilitation profession? It is a really facinating research. I would be keen to hear if you might have thoughts or insights on any of these themes or just aspects of them.
@Svenja Floberg Thiel Yes, absolutely true. Love the "It´s much deeper because we are humans" that really has a ring to it. Often the problem is not the problem, but how we think about the problem. Or that we are locked into a certain perception of what the problem is. I have had good use of the "double diamond" view of problems and reframing tools - mostly as a way to assist clients in unlocking other types of "better" problems. Are you using these approaches, or how do you go about assisting clients that are locked into a singular view.
@Rebecca Courtney Thx Rebecca - great article, good formulated arguments, that I can use. The infografic you use in the booklet from WEF about future skills is 3-4 years old, here is a link to the 2023 version from WEF, if you are interested. There are a few quite interesting things that have changed: https://bit.ly/3NBKiZU - this is the link to the infografic page. The findings, rapport etc. you can find in other places on the page.
Using @Jonathan Courtney 's 4C framework, there are 80 great tools in the following book thet you may build a workshop around them. The book's title is: "Design. Think. Make. Break. Repeat". [Tomitsch, M., Borthwick, M., Ahmadpour, N., Cooper, C., Frawley, J., Hepburn, L.A., Kocaballi, A.B., Loke, L., Núñez-Pacheco, C., Straker, K., Wrigley, C. (2021). Design. Think. Make. Break. Repeat. A Handbook of Methods (revised edition). BIS Publishers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.] More info and the list of methods: http://designthinkmakebreakrepeat.com/
Do you know and use the book - is it worth buying? I have loads of great books like "Liberating Structures", but am always on the look for new stuff - also for teaching facilitation. How would you review it?