Online facilitation tools are continually evolving and corporate culture shifts over time, making it hard to keep up with the best practices for online facilitation. In this article, we compiled the most up-to-date best practices and tips for preparing for and implementing effective online facilitation in your meetings, workshops, and more.
According to statistics, 79% of companies agree that design thinking improves the ideation process, and 71% have enjoyed a significant shift in their work culture after adopting design thinking. While it does contain the word design, design thinking and it’s iterative approach to creative ideas is not only for design teams, in fact, any team can benefit from this human-centered design process.
Phil Canning details his transformative journey from moving to North Carolina to becoming an "Innovation Manager" at Ally Financial. Initially uncertain, Phil found direction after being introduced to human-centered design principles from Stanford's d.school. This approach led to the creation of Ally's acclaimed savings tools, Buckets and Boosters. To spread this innovative mindset, Phil trained with Voltage Control’s Facilitation Certification program, enhancing his skills and expanding his network. Now, as a key facilitator at Ally, Phil drives innovation across teams, highlighting the profound impact of effective collaboration and his personal and professional growth through his experiences.
In this podcast episode, Douglas welcomes Tim Creasy, the Chief Innovation Officer at Prosci, to discuss the field of change management. Tim shares his origin story and how he became interested in understanding human systems and implementing change at scale. They discuss the intersection of economics and political science, the concept of systems thinking, and the potential impact of generative AI on creativity.
In her reflection on the Voltage Control’s Facilitation Certification program, Sandra Molinari shares her transformative journey from an experienced facilitator to a more adaptive and innovative leader. Despite her two decades of experience, Sandra recognized the drawbacks of strict adherence to agendas. The program introduced her to fresh techniques, emphasizing flexibility and the value of emergent discussions. Transitioning to the corporate sector, she applied these insights to promote team collaboration, highlighting the ever-evolving importance of facilitation in fostering meaningful connections.
In this episode of the Control Room podcast, Leanne Hughes, author of "The Two-Hour Workshop Blueprint," shares her secrets to designing and delivering workshops that are efficient and effective. Leanne emphasizes the importance of being purposeful and grounded as a facilitator, and discusses the concept of co-creating to achieve real collaboration.
Leadership is multifaceted and the lines often blur between roles, responsibilities, and core competencies. It’s a dynamic blend of vision, communication, and influence. Similar to the word strategy, it’s used more frequently than it is understood. But what if we were to reimagine leadership? In a recent conversation between Brene Brown and Adam Grant, the definition of facilitation became the focus of such a reimagination when Adam asked Brene: if the word ‘leadership’ didn’t exist, what would it be replaced with?
Discover the transformative journey of Reshma Khan, a seasoned facilitator who navigated the realms of leadership, conflict resolution, and team effectiveness in diverse settings. From her first eye-opening experience in Zimbabwe, helping conflicted teams find common ground, to founding K’enso Consulting and becoming a certified Executive Leadership Coach, Reshma's story is a testament to the power of effective facilitation. Learn how she honed her skills and broadened her toolkit through specialized training with Voltage Control, and how her newfound techniques have garnered high praise from clients globally.
In the world of workshops, success is often synonymous with preparation. As an experienced facilitator or a first-time organizer, you understand that selecting the right supplies for your upcoming workshop is not just about ticking items off a checklist. It's about creating an environment that fosters engagement, learning, and productivity. In this blog post, we delve into the critical components of a well-stocked workshop and explore how choosing the appropriate materials can make all the difference in your event's outcome. We'll provide insights, tips, and recommendations on what to include in your workshop toolkit to ensure you and your participants are equipped to excel. So, let's get started and set the stage for a memorable and fruitful workshop experience!
In this episode of Control the Room, I had the pleasure of speaking with Lisa Solomon about how she felt disillusioned with how leaders were behaving after the dot com crash and wanted to understand their decision-making process when facing uncertainty and how that shaped her work. Later, Lisa explores how the disruption of AI could change the way we educate and the effect it is having on students, teachers and policymakers. We also discuss the skills that every leader should have to be successful. Listen in to reflect on what can make your meetings more generative and level up your facilitation skills.