Facilitators need to get out of the way

Facilitators need to get out of the way

There is no doubt that whoever is leading or planning a strategy day, sets the tone. Whether the facilitator is someone internal, or an external expert, their role is to ensure the design of the day(s) suits the objectives.  But it doesn’t stop there. How they set...
Lead the horse to water, don’t push their face in it

Lead the horse to water, don’t push their face in it

Have you been to many off sites or problem solving days that you can never get back? Was it 4 hours of your day that you’ll never get back? 2 days? A week altogether, including the meetings and planning beforehand? Why are so many strategic planning days or problem...
We waste too much time solving the wrong problems

We waste too much time solving the wrong problems

Many years ago, I was working with a professional services client. Their revenue had been decreasing for the past 18 months. In this time, no new services lines were introduced. I was told this was the key issue that was stunting growth; a lack of innovation and...
Too many of our off sites are off

Too many of our off sites are off

When we get our people together for strategic or team planning days – we are conscious of making the time and effort count. We come with great expectations when our people gather, and rightly so. I can recall sitting in far too many ‘strategic planning days’ which...
Let’s make consequences cool.

Let’s make consequences cool.

When I first started managing a team it was hard. Yes, it was exciting to be able to influence others, help them be better and to start ‘playing’ with the leadership team. But it was hard. The most difficult thing was working out how to motivate the individuals who...
I just got ‘feedback funnied’!

I just got ‘feedback funnied’!

My good friend and colleague Peter Cook and I have been working together on an exciting project. We have been building IP (intellectual property) and designing some super cool models. I had one of the models from our IP mocked up and sent to him. It had a glaring...