Leo Babauta suggests you can embed one new habit in 30 focused days. But if you’re a leader taking on adaptive change, start with the big money.
This is me at the Banff Centre in stunning Banff, Canada. What you can’t see are the rug burns on my knees from being tackled and thrown to the ground by my co-facilitators Karen Dawson and Ian Prinsloo. Yep, that’s right. While facilitating. If you liked the sound of the game described in the last […]
The secret to rocking the house with these little bits of delish is to use surprisingly good ingredients. Here’s how to cook up the prize requested by the winning team of the experimental Conflict Skill-Building Game.
I, as my British colleagues say with classic understatement, am chuffed. This week was the finish line for a big experiment, the 28-day competitive conflict-skills-building game I’ve been running with a client group. The experiment succeeded well beyond my expectations. (For those of you just tuning in, catch the backstory in the Game On: Conflict competition […]
It’s been 48 hours, and you probably haven’t thought about anything but who scored what during Week 3. Who’s going to get that dessert? What’s it going to be? Let me put an end to your sleepless nights. (At least some of them.) Here’s where we landed.
Every expert on cross-cultural communication I’ve run across warns Westerners NOT to bow to their Asian friends and colleagues. It’s a deeply felt, nuanced form of communication in Asia. How low, how long, to whom – all are thickly layered with meaning. Westerners, the authorities warn, will simply never get it right.
I am constantly struck by the impact of real, specific, personal story. Hong Kong Snapshot: Bathing Chester (and the power of story) I am constantly struck by the power of real, specific, personal story. This week,I’m with fellow OYFer Brad Robertson in the utterly fascinating city of Hong Kong. We’re helping a client group with […]
By being unrealistic and crunched for time, I recently discovered a new way to start a follow-up meeting. The session had been rescheduled several times. Stragglers were making us late and, frankly, I was getting irritated. Because I’m a champion eavesdropper, it was easy to overhear that the team’s memory of our last meeting was dim […]
Often, when I ask clients how they make decisions, I hear, “Oh, we mostly use consensus around here.” Danger, Will Robinson, Danger! Eight times out of ten, these are the same people who also note that group decisions often get reversed, people say one thing and then do another, or that their team spins and […]
Imagine you have a colleague who gets all fired up around focusing more effectively on “the critical few.” He wants to clarify desired outcomes, delegate more, support small failures as learning, and challenge thought process and logic instead of details. Suppose he wisely recognizes that this behavior change will not only create value for his […]