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Innovation Series | September 14, 2020

Innovation Series: Douglas Ferguson talks to multidisciplinary designer Lisa Baird about her career journey, falling in love with the problem, the helpfulness of curmudgeonly people, and the deeper systems underneath user experiences.

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Innovation Series | August 24, 2020

Innovation Series: Douglas Ferguson speaks with Tom Counsell, Executive Director of B-Hub Prague, about how to build a team that can harness raw potential, being diplomatic about failure, and the amazing innovative power of poor communities.

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Innovation Series | August 11, 2020

Kris Pennella, Director of Red Hat’s Open Innovation Labs, is on a mission to assist companies in getting products to market faster by transforming their…

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Innovation Series | June 17, 2020

Throughout his experiences as a consultant and at NASA, Steve Rader focuses on the use of crowdsourcing to generate innovative ideas and unlock improvements. He…

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Innovation Series | June 1, 2020

"I love running fast. I'm not so much a jogger. I like to sprint." In his earlier days, Dr. Ralph-Christian Ohr was a track and…

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Innovation Series | May 18, 2020

I recently spoke with the incredible Tamara Ghandour–author, founder, and president of LaunchStreet, keynote speaker, and creator of the proprietary Innovation Quotient Edge (IQE) assessment.…

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Innovation Series | May 4, 2020

When several students at Davidson College in North Carolina pitched an idea to design and teach their own course, the small liberal arts school was…

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Innovation Series | April 22, 2020

As part of our Innovation Series, I recently spoke with David J. Bland, Founder & CEO of Precoil and co-author of Testing Business Ideas. We…

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Meeting Culture | September 17, 2020

We don't always need a meeting; unnecessary meetings waste time and money. Use the Should We Even Have a Meeting Test to decide if you should have a meeting.

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Facilitation | September 16, 2020

A successful meeting needs structure and purposeful activities that facilitate collaborative work between attendees, not an hour-long PowerPoint presentation or endless debate. There is a…

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Podcast | September 15, 2020

Control the Room Podcast: Douglas Ferguson speaks with Michael Wilkinson, CEO and Managing Director of Leadership Strategies, about his path to the International Association of Facilitators Hall of Fame, what makes a great facilitator, and the six P's of preparing a meeting.

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Innovation Series | September 14, 2020

Innovation Series: Douglas Ferguson talks to multidisciplinary designer Lisa Baird about her career journey, falling in love with the problem, the helpfulness of curmudgeonly people, and the deeper systems underneath user experiences.

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Case Study | September 11, 2020

Voltage Control helped Cisco Systems, Inc. build a successful virtual training program for it security business and established a virtual meeting process at its Large Virtual Meeting Workshop.

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Design Sprints | September 9, 2020

The Design Sprint is a staple structure in the world of facilitation for solving big challenges. Get to know the "what, what, when, where, and why" of running this five-day process.

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Meeting Culture | September 8, 2020

Control the Room Podcast: Douglas Ferguson talks to Alison Coward, founder of Bracket, about how to make space for conflict, why there is power in the introduction, and how your team can define who they are as an objective. Listen in to find out how to understand the context of what you're working in, how you can create the environment to do your best work as a team, and why shared empathy across a team is so important.

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Meeting Culture | August 27, 2020

Arguably one of the most famous Albert Einstein quotes is: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting…

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