Work is usually social, at least some of the time.Work usually involves other people, at least occasionally. And work usually involves working on teams, at some point, if not all the time. Yet most teams, from my history of working with teams in and from more than 125 countries over the past 21 … [Read more...] about A quick primer on how to not suck at team building
Remember that time you tried to change something and you started off all keen and enthusiastic, only to end up discouraged, with the change not sticking? It was probably because the way you were trying to effect change didn’t match your personality. Scratch whatever you’re trying to … [Read more...] about What’s your change personality? Take this 3-question survey to find out
I recently had the pleasure of being on a Learning and Development panel organized by Humentum, where I met Clarice Gathura who talked about a will and skill matrix. My ears perked up at the mention of a matrix, as matrixes tend to take complicated information and simplify it without making it … [Read more...] about Where are you on the will and skill matrix?
“Twelve months of guided simplicity.” The title caught my attention. Sign me up! Enter joy, ease and sinking into simplicity. I’m a few months into the Simple Year program now and it’s remarkable in its, well, simplicity and powerfulness. Big change sometimes comes from big … [Read more...] about Here’s how: ease and elegance in simplicity
It was supposed to be a small, quick procedure but something went wrong and I woke up in ICU. I visited the pearly gates - my heart had stopped for 3 full minutes. Spoiler alert – I’m recovering and going to be ticketyboo, just fine. When your life gets turned upside down, it’s a rare … [Read more...] about What I learned from visiting the pearly gates
Imagine that your beloved furry friend keeps escaping from your yard through a gap in the fence. Exasperated and not wanting to lose her again, you’re temporarily flummoxed as you don’t have the time or cash to build a new fence. What’s a person to do? Why add a wooden spoon of course. I … [Read more...] about Ramping up your creativity with a dog, a fence and a spoon
Motivation. Drive. They’re powerful pathways to grit, resilience and getting stuff done. Anyone who’s tried to dress a reluctant 2 year old knows the importance of motivation. The task can be easy breezy beautiful if the motivators are pointing in the same direction. Or the task can … [Read more...] about Which one of these 6 motivators drives you and why it’s important to know
Recently I wrote about “How to make your workshops not suck in three easy steps” including the strategic use of icebreakers, energizers and F.G.L.A.’s (facilitated group learning activities). Today I’m going to share the connection between F.G.L.A’s and group groans and how to ensure you get you … [Read more...] about How to make your workshop not suck part 2; from group groans to the E.L.C.
The pressure’s on. It’s a new year which likely means a new and never-ending to do list right? Wrong. We focus wayyyy too much on our to do’s and not enough on our to don’ts. Let me explain. When was the last time you took something OFF your plate of to … [Read more...] about Want more breathing space? Ramp up with this easy ‘ta da’ technique