Cleanliness as a Value

Values Provide and Answer to Who are We ? — Benjamin Franklin Called Them Virtues

We always find it interesting that consulting firms promulgate their own, unique operational definitions. For instance, the term ‘values’ can be found called many things including “Guiding Principles”, “Tenets of Operation”, “Virtues”, “Essential Elements”, etc. Consequently, values provide answers to Who are We ? — Benjamin Franklin called them virtues. Generally, they all describe answers…

Seven Deadly Sins of Facilitating

What to Do About the Seven Deadly Sins of Facilitating (in alphabetical order):

You’ve heard plenty about what to do, but the Seven Deadly Sins of Facilitating also suggest what NOT to do. The following are real, powerful, and sequenced alphabetically. Assuming: Simply because the facilitator hears what was said does not imply everyone heard what was said. The key to active listening is through reflection. Whether it’s audio…

The Trivium

One Essence, Three Aspects: The Rule of Thirds in the World of Facilitation

The rule of thirds can help guide facilitator. The Project Management Institute (PMI) refers to planning, analysis, and design as separate stages across project development. At ground level, the basic Use Case refers to Input>Process>Output as the basis for understanding requirements. Many of the world’s great religions of philosophy embrace the concept of a trinity.…

Change Management

Seven Top Skills for Managing Change in an Enterprise or Organization

To improve or enhance your personal capacities and to help you understand what skills to seek in others that support effective change, we have isolated seven top skills for managing change. These skills are those most frequently identified by employers according to Syracuse University public-affairs professor Bill Coplin, author of “10 Things Employers Want You…

Structured Facilitation Begins with Your Holarchy

Holarchy: The Discipline of Structured Facilitation Contrasted to Kum-Ba-Yah

The discipline of structured facilitation differs from what we respectfully refer to as “Kum Ba Yah” or “warm and fuzzy” facilitation that frequently begins by co-creating ground rules. Most corporate environments simply do not afford enough time to follow the slow but sure path of building trust and camaraderie among participants. The holarchy provides a…