What works well online is not simply a matter of taking what works well offline and hoping for the best.
It’s not a bad idea for starters, as many principles are directly transferable. But you also need to be aware of what is possible and what’s not in each medium. As the context changes, so do the interactions..
Whether you are teaching online or off, there’s a crucial difference between building skills and pointing out people’s deficiencies..
During a recent webinar on facilitation trends, I asked a group of practitioners for their tips on making space safer. Here are our top ten..
If you are stuck with a problem or want to generate new ideas for a project, here’s a great activity to prompt fresh thinking..
We all love behavioural economics, right? Take for instance risk-aversion. The key insight in several of the books I’ve been perusing is that we tend to be risk-averse for gains..
How many of us have been part of a bad brainstorm?
But what if it’s not about the group but about how ‘bursty’ it is? And how can improvisation create burstiness? Creativity comes in bursts. Well, that’s according to the Adam Grant podcast ‘WorkLife’, in which he visited Trevor Noah and ‘The Daily Show’…
Demand for facilitation is rising. There’s clear value in a range of applications, from meetings, through to group sessions and entire conferences.
As leaders in organisations grow aware of this, it creates opportunities for facilitators to aid more constructive conversations and reach better (and often faster) outcomes..
There may be some good arguments for celebrating mistakes, but the fact that they lead on occasion to good outcomes is not one of them..
Much of what happens in work is unpredictable. An improvisational attitude invites you to trade the illusion of control for the reality of influence..
Layering is the idea of having more than one thing going on at one time in a meeting, workshop or conference. For example, displaying posters on the wall is an example of a layer beyond people simply talking to each other. Each extra layer added to a meeting, workshop or conference also provides an opportunity for the layers to be combined in new activities.
We are seeing a lot more articles about the use of improvisation in organisations. Much of the action is on the West Coast of the USA, especially centred on Silicon Valley. Although we are seeing more applied improvisation coming from the UK.
The biggest story is our view of the world. We might favour one political party (with their Big Story) because we like the sum of its policies (the Small Stories). Others, might accept the policies without further ado merely because they like the party.
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