Virtual meetings: the Lamborgini edge

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 […]

By |July 13th, 2020|Facilitation, Leadership|0 Comments

Virtual meetings: Getting to the Point

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, […]

By |July 13th, 2020|Facilitation, Leadership|0 Comments

Creating in times of crisis

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 […]

By |July 7th, 2020|Creativity, Innovation, Leadership|0 Comments

Cognitive biases: how the mind skews reality

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 […]

By |May 14th, 2020|Facilitation, Leadership|0 Comments

Great leaders think about how they think

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 […]

By |May 4th, 2020|Leadership|2 Comments

Three reasons to ditch strategy reports

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 […]

By |February 27th, 2020|Facilitation, Innovation, Leadership|0 Comments

Even the change you want can involve loss

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 […]

By |October 31st, 2019|Leadership|0 Comments

Invisibly lead a room

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 […]

By |July 29th, 2019|Facilitation, Leadership|0 Comments

Collaborative leaders shine

Observing what makes collaborative leaders effective when they step forward in a group never ceases to amaze me. Are they the ones with big job titles? Often not. Emotional intelligence in collaborative undertakings matters more than authority.

A collaborative leader, with a single gesture, can resolve inadvertent voids created by others on the team. Sometimes it […]

By |February 12th, 2019|Facilitation, Leadership|0 Comments

Nine traits of collaborators

Before defining collaborator traits that can make any group’s effort much less effortful, an obvious truth is worth naming. No one has to collaborate. It’s not a mandatory part of life. Collaboration is a choice, an act of free will. An individual’s motivation usually ties to their personal or professional goals. I want to get […]

By |January 22nd, 2019|Facilitation, Leadership|1 Comment