Workshop Wednesday: We Prefer Connecting by…

Each Wednesday we post a photograph that illustrates some of our work. This one shows the connection preferences of a globally dispersed team who, after working together for a year, met for the first time in one room. Despite the barriers of time, distance, role, rank, and culture, they found it gratifying to discover they shared the same wishes for how to remain in contact […]

Workshop Wednesday: Ninja Exit Only

Each Wednesday we post a photograph that illustrates some of our work. This one shows a workplace joke we found on the ceiling of a meeting room one day during setup for a workshop. We’re always on the lookout for the subtle and sublime clues to how culture gets expressed in the workplace. In this case, we waited the entire day before pointing out the […]

Workshop Wednesday: TRIZ Meets ‘How Might We…?’

Each Wednesday we post a photograph that illustrates some of our work. This one shows our combination of TRIZ and Min Basadur’s “How Might We…” method to┬áspark divergent thinking about the causes of failure resulting in some very wild lists of ways to do so. This first step is followed by a second in which participants pick from the list the activities they’re already doing.┬áStep […]

Workshop Wednesday: A Simple Model For Building Trust

Each Wednesday we post a photograph that illustrates some of our work. This one shows our simple model for increasing trust from ‘less’ to ‘more’. You can do so by deciding privately to trust a person, change initiative or organization more, or you can do something risky together (and not die). We find this happens often in the workplace, especially between followers and leaders, but […]

Workshop Wednesday: The Rudest Questions About Change

Each Wednesday we post a photograph that illustrates some of our work. This one shows one response to “Rude Questions”, an activity in which participants are asked to write down privately ‘the rudest response a colleague might have to our work’. Responses are quickly scored, tallied, and sorted, until the top five “Rude Questions” emerge. Then we role-play how to handle them. It’s great fun, […]