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Saturday, 29 May 2010

Working with Difficult Groups has arrived!

The latest book from the IAF - "The Handbook for Working with Difficult Groups", has arrived from Amazon.

There are 20 chapters - some with tantalising headings including subjects such as "an In-grown Team", "Complaining Cycles" and "The Hero's Journey".  Other chapters cover topical subjects including multicultural groups, diversity and working with non-profit boards.

I'm reading chapter 10 "Interaction Archetypes: Keys to Group Difficulty and Productivity".

Related titles are still available.

Happy reading.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

A Simple Workshop Plan

Planning workshops or meetings may seem daunting at first but, as with most things in life, when broken down into a few simple steps it is amazing what can be achieved.

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It is absolutely critical to begin with a concise, clear idea of what represents a good outcome from the workshop.  Consider what  the deliverable might be, what that deliverable might look like and what questions to ask to help produce it.

When you have the answers to these questions, write them down and send them to the attendees as part of the workshop brief.  Remember imageyou are describing the purpose, value and approach to the workshop – not the agenda. You are trying to reassure the attendees that they understand what the workshop is about, what will be expected of them and how they might succeed.


image Then plan the workshop in detail.  Break the problem up into a series of questions, then consider how you will tackle each question in turn.  Understand how the answers to these questions maintain the momentum of the workshop and keep building towards the deliverable.  Schedule them, allocating a set time to each.  Remember to top and tail your agenda with an introduction and a close that agrees follow up actions.

image The introduction is your final chance to focus the attendees on why they are there, what they are being asked to do and how they will do it.  Avoid going over old ground.  Summarise the briefing you sent out earlier and then get straight down to the first item in the agenda.

imageAnd finally, don’t leave the room without summarising what has been achieved and agreeing the immediate next steps.

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Monday, 17 May 2010

Make Org Charts Work for You

imageA great post by Garret Scott over at the MindJet Blog gives tips and practical examples on how to get more meaning into and out of organisation charts.  Garret demonstrates how to capture new insights using the MindManager org chart format.

Garret's 3 three tips are:

  • add relationships (where the real power operates, perhaps?)
  • add comments (insights and observations - overt and covert?)
  • add boundaries (highlight the silos or add clarity?)

Click here to see the post.

 

Friday, 14 May 2010

Working with Difficult Groups has arrived!

The latest book from the IAF - "The Handbook for Working with Difficult Groups", has arrived from Amazon.

There are 20 chapters - some with tantalising headings including subjects such as "an In-grown Team", "Complaining Cycles" and "The Hero's Journey".  Other chapters cover topical subjects including multicultural groups, diversity and working with non-profit boards.

I'm reading chapter 10 "Interaction Archetypes: Keys to Group Difficulty and Productivity".

Related titles are still available.

Happy reading.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Collaborative Mind Mapping with Google Wave

The early preview release of Google Wave includes a very useful mind mapping tool.  Create a new Wave, include the MindMap Gadget from the list of extensions, send out the invitations and away you go.

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