If you have wondered how to a book can help you grow your business and you are in Tucson for the Festival of Books this Sunday, March 15, please join me.
Workshop: Grow Your Business with a Book
Publishing a book can be a powerful way to market your expertise and grow your business. What kinds of books do business owners, consultants, and other professionals publish? How do they go about getting them published?Integrated Learning Center Room 119 (Seats 60, Wheelchair accessible) Sun, Mar 15, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
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As with any product or service, meetings need feedback from their customers (in this case participants) in order to continually increase their effectiveness. I plan to share four techniques that give meeting facilitators specific processes to obtain accurate information about the effectiveness of their meetings. These technique alternatives ask for different types of information in different ways, but all provide the meeting facilitator with the data necessary to accurately measure and consistently improve the quality of his or her meetings.
“It seems that every time we implement a change, within a few months, people are back to their old ways of working. What can we do to make change stick?”
#15: Sustainability Analysis
What is Sustainability Analysis?
Many changes do not ‘stick’ because no one has taken the time to identify and address the issues that will support or sabotage the change over the long term. Sustainability Analysis is designed to identify and address issues critical to making the change stick.
Examples of issues that can impact sustainability include:
“I got approval for an important change in the way we do business, but now we’re stalled. The people on our project team don’t have the clout to break through the logjams and resolve cross-functional issues. What should I do?
#11: Executive Steering Group (ESG)
What is an Executive Steering Group?
Executive Steering Groups (ESGs) are groups that are called together for purposes of overseeing a specific project or program. Your ESG should represent your major stakeholders, and have the decision making authority to drive the direction of your project. ESGs usually consist of individuals in leadership positions and are Continue reading →
“We seem to have a difficult time moving from large, complex goals into detailed action plans. Is there a technique that can help us better organize our efforts in this type of situation?”
#10: Project Plans
What are Project Plans?
The Project Plans technique helps you effectively prepare a complex action plan. After an organization or group has agreed upon and approved a goal, the next step is to create an action plan for achieving that goal. If the goal is large and complicated, the resulting action plan will have several levels and categories of activity.
My colleague Bob Frisch, Managing Partner of the Strategic Offsites Group, wrote an excellent article in the December 2014/January 2015 issue of Inc. Magazine. Here it is.
Off-site meetings are usually touted as a great way to break free from the daily grind and inspire your team to think big. But sometimes, you find yourself leaving the resort, conference center or, heaven forbid, airport Hilton feeling like you’ve just lost two days you can never get back.
Done well or done poorly, off-sites can resonate for years. “People will keep buzzing about ‘the Continue reading →
How many people on your gift list hate meetings or run them so poorly that they make others hate them? You can help colleagues, friends and family stop bad meetings this holiday season by giving them Mission Critical Meetings: 81 Practical Facilitation Techniques.
This book will show your colleagues and loved ones how to plan and facilitate meetings that participants will look forward to. Whether your gift is an act of thoughtful generosity, or a big hint to your boss, each reader will learn how to:
“I read that there is a higher likelihood that goals will be obtained if the work to achieve those goals is started immediately. I have a goal-setting meeting coming up with a large group of people. After we set goals, I would like to start some of the implementation planning as soon as possible. Is there a technique that will help me do this?”
#6: Goal Plan Go
What is Goal Plan Go?
Goal Plan Go is a technique that invites your meeting participants to take responsibility for transforming the group’s goals into action. The process allows individuals Continue reading →
“Sometimes I wish people would take responsibility for their own part in implementation. We have people from different areas of the organization in the room and I they would say what they will do to help us achieve our goals. Do you have any suggestions?”
#4: Individual Action Planning
What is Individual Action Planning?
Individual Action Planning is a simple technique for identifying individual commitments and contributions to the implementation of a goal.
In this process, each individual in the meeting group publicly states what he or she intends to do to support the newly agreed-upon Continue reading →
Most people believe that meetings are a huge waste of time — and they’re right. Though meetings are essential to the life of any organization, they tend to be boring, inefficient, and unproductive. But they don’t have to be. Mission Critical Meetings: 81 Practical Facilitation Techniques shows you how to plan and facilitate meetings that participants will look forward to. You’ll learn how to:
improve meeting productivity
boost creativity and teamwork
effectively gather information and brainstorm ideas
make and implement decisions
evaluate the effectiveness of your meetings
The impact of a well-run meeting extends far beyond the short-term enthusiasm Continue reading →