Flavours of decision-making

Flavours of decision-making

Does your organization have a defined way of taking decisions? While the need for a decision on a certain issue is easy to see, we often have less clarity who’s making what decision and how input will be handled. This can either lead to unnecessary delays – when we avoid decisions – or frustrations – when we don’t involve the wider group and miss important information.

It is thus useful […]

Stuck? Simple tools for clarity and decisions

Stuck? Simple tools for clarity and decisions

Decision making can be hard. When we’re working with a group or an organization on complex issues that really matter to us, it gets even harder: no analysis will ever be complete, and no possible approach will ever be perfect. Instead of getting stuck in endless discussions, here are a few steps that can help:

Start in your own circle of influenceWhile you might want to change the entire system, […]

4 reasons to start your meetings with a check in

Circle by Helen Titchen-Beeth

Check ins are a fundamental ritual in nearly every meeting I am involved in. I use them because:

Check ins invite presence. The ritual marks the transition from whatever came before the meeting to now, the time together. It allows us to leave our emails, our todo list, our family crisis behind and take a moment to arrive. Check ins allow connection. The ritual asks us to show up with […]

Useful resources for hybrid meetings

Useful resources for hybrid meetings

This post is part of the preparation for CoCreativeFlow’s workshop “Hosting Hybrid Meetings” on 12-13 November near Frankfurt. Are you joining? 

What is a hybrid meeting?

Lucid defines them as follows: “A hybrid meeting refers to the physical location of participants. In a hybrid meeting, a subset of the people attending the meeting is located together in the same place. Other participants join the meeting by conference call or web conference.”

Hybrid […]

Workshop: Hosting Hybrid Meetings (12-13 November)

Workshop: Hosting Hybrid Meetings (12-13 November)

Ever tried running a meeting where half of the participants were not in the same room?

In times of global teams, remote work and climate change the need for successful and impactful meetings is even more important. How can collaboration thrive when not everyone is in the same room? How do we bring groups together that are meeting in an online-onsite hybrid space? What are […]

Yes, you need a Code of Conduct.

Flickr/Transition Network

Originally published in the IAF Global Flipchart – for facilitators, by facilitators.

“Our event is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.”

— from ConfCodeOfConduct.com

Many facilitators work with ground rules, a set of […]

Diversity and inclusion in facilitation

Photo: Peter Bury

A few short notes from an Open Space conversation at the IAF EME Conference #agilefac2019 in Milan. We discussed the role of facilitation in promoting diversity and inclusion:

How can facilitators work to balance dynamics of power and privilege in groups? What’s a facilitator’s responsibility to prevent harm? How can facilitator’s help to promote equity and inclusion? 

Diversity is important. It’s also a complex topic that humans – and facilitators – struggle […]

Retrospectives: a cocreated toolkit

Retrospectives: a cocreated toolkit

What can facilitators learn from agile retrospectives for our own practice and debriefings? Last week, Karen Schmidt, Edith Steiner-Janesch [1] and I co-hosted a workshop on this topic during the European IAF Conference in Milan.

Retrospectives? Why, what, how?

We first introduced agile retrospectives as part of an iterative life cycle, based on the book “Agile Retrospectives” by Esther Derby and Diana Larsen.

Next up @AgileFac2019: @wiebkehere & @overthefencePM […]

Mixing a World Café at scale

Mixing a World Café at scale

Imagine a room of nearly 200 people from five global regions and different functions across one organisation. This was the first meeting of this kind, and we wanted to encourage everyone to build relationships across the organisational silos and learn together about challenges and opportunities facing the organisation. A World Café seemed an obvious inspiration: multiple conversational rounds at small hosted tables, with participants switching tables (and groups) between rounds.

Usually, […]

Workshop: Communicating Climate Adaptation

Workshop: Communicating Climate Adaptation

2018 | ICLEI and European Environmental Agency

Successful adaptation needs well-informed and enthused citizens. How can local authorities take them along?  Amongst other issues, the 2018 Resilient Cities conference explored the experiences of cities and towns in engaging citizens on climate adaptation. ON:SUBJECT provided a training session on communication of climate change adaptation: Participants learned how to communicate about climate change without boring or scaring anyone away. The secret is in […]