Virtual meetings: the Lamborgini edge

By |July 13th, 2020|

Two weeks ago a partnership I work with faced a complex task. It involved delicate decision-making and they had to tackle it in a virtual meeting. Nearly all fourteen participants prepped in advance. But until they had heard from one another on the call, any decision would be premature.

In the end, the group got the […]

Virtual meetings: Getting to the Point

By |July 13th, 2020|

The sensory intake you enjoyed (or endured) in conference rooms has vanished. At least for the time being. Now you enter virtual meetings to get business done. Others have written about the adjustment, the fatigue, the limitations. Virtual meeting rooms clearly are a different beast.

Have you noticed the range in people’s comfort level, aptitude and, […]

Creating in times of crisis

By |July 7th, 2020|

What does it look and feel like to create in a crisis?

Like clockwork each week, three strategists hop on a one-hour Zoom call. It’s very early in Malaysia so one is drinking Diet Coke to wake up. It’s evening in Washington, D.C. where another has a glass of wine her husband pours for her to […]

Cognitive biases: how the mind skews reality

By |May 14th, 2020|

Decades ago scientists didn’t know that the brain’s neural pathways can keep growing. Now they understand neural networks play a key role in lifelong learning. Meanwhile, behavioral researchers have been studying how the human mind approaches decision-making, with findings that cast light on the cognitive biases that are nearly hard wired.

The upshot of these discoveries?

We […]

Great leaders think about how they think

By |May 4th, 2020|

Now that you’ve stabilized your organization, what next?

Yes, it’s hard to know. There are countless losses stemming from the pandemic; certainty is one of them.  All the knowns and unknowns of this new Covid-19 era compel us to reach beyond the usual limitations of our thinking.

There’s plenty of open source content on scenario planning, and […]

Three reasons to ditch strategy reports

By |February 27th, 2020|

Strategic planning without reams of strategy reports? Sounds like heresy.

What would people do without documented research, colorful graphs, proof of deep and thoughtful dialog and a detailed plan to move forward?

Well, what do you do with it? (Hint: file it, toss it, circulate it or extract sections to help make a point.)

In reality, most strategy […]

Even the change you want can involve loss

By |October 31st, 2019|

Sometimes new is easy.

Sometimes it’s hard.

Think of all the variables. Does it take hard work or does it fall into your lap? Is it something you want? Does it belong to you alone or is it shared with others? If shared, is it a pleasant union? Did it open a new door? Close an old […]

Transformational teamwork

By |September 17th, 2019|

This story of transformational teamwork begins three weeks ago when I was the only person standing between a roomful of professionals and the start of their Labor Day weekend. We were at the Oregon coast for a team retreat, tackling five distinct topics.

Under the circumstances I was impressed to see nobody drag their heels. Nor […]

Invisibly lead a room

By |July 29th, 2019|

Can a facilitator be effective if they’re invisible? I don’t mean literally, of course. But in the sense that their touch is so light you barely know they’re there.

It depends.
When less is more
I recently led a meeting in a beautiful conference room at Mill City Museum in Minneapolis. A 12-person council gathered to kick off […]

Who’s doing your thinking?

By |May 31st, 2019|

Who’s doing your thinking? You think you are. True enough, it’s your neurons firing off. But first, consider the way that other people’s thinking led you to where you are today. All your studies in school. All the norms you picked up from family and society. Then, start noticing how other people’s thinking literally shapes […]