7 steps to better collaboration

See the situation through their eyes The same situation can be perceived very differently depending on our perspective. Picture what’s going on for the other person – what’s at stake for them? We can assume – wrongly – what their aims are. What positive intentions do they have? Be clear on what you care about… Read more

12 ideas for your next idea generation session

Force random connections Our brains love puzzles and games; forcing random connections is a great way to get us out of our habitual ways of looking at and approaching an issue. For example, you can ask your group to: 1. Play with metaphors. How is the challenge like: a car? A work of art? A… Read more

After the brainstorm session: so now what?

One of the easiest ways to kill the creativity in the room at a brainstorming / idea generation session is for someone to start playing editor. This person might be the facilitator, editing and critiquing as they scribe ideas onto a flipchart in front of the hapless group. Or they may be the most senior… Read more

10 tips for first-time facilitators

“Do I control everything or go with the flow?” This question is one that frequently comes up in our workshops on teams or brainstorming ideas. It’s my observation that people tend more towards one or the other throughout whatever event they’re facilitating. What they take away from the training is the insight that they need… Read more

Facilitating idea generation – DOs & DON’Ts

  Facilitation – what’s that about? The clue is in the word’s Latin roots – making it easy for people to: come up with new ideas, reach an agreement, get to something or somewhere better. When making it easy for people to generate new ideas, it’s vital to focus as much on the process as… Read more

6 steps to better meetings

                              One of the many things I love about my job is coming up with new workshops, such as ‘How to make meetings work’. People are telling me – and it’s been my observation – that meetings can hijack heaps of… Read more

Be a better negotiator – starting today

When I run our ‘How to negotiate’ workshop, we spend some time brainstorming all the everyday situations when we negotiate with other people. Once participants get the hang of this, they come up with loads of everyday negotiating situations – and that’s important in the context of our training. It means that there are plenty… Read more

5 myths about brainstorm sessions – and what to do instead

How do you feel when you get asked to attend or run a brainstorm session? Eager to get your amazing ideas shared and out there? Curious about what other people will come up with? Or annoyed that yet another brainstorm is going in your diary? Maybe cynical that there’s going to be a lot of… Read more