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Podcast | October 3, 2023

In the Facilitation Lab podcast, host Douglas Ferguson chats with Reshma Aziz Khan, CEO of Kenzo Consulting Limited. They delve into Reshma's nonprofit journey and her fascination with facilitation, sparked by an enlightening experience in Zimbabwe. Reshma discusses her unique workshop facilitation methods, including Whole Brain Dominance and creative seating, emphasizing connection among participants. Her transition to facilitation and the value of networking are explored. They highlight the power of silence and confidence-building through practice and learning.

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Podcast | September 15, 2023

Douglas Ferguson hosts Sandra Molinari, a workplace violence prevention expert, on the Facilitation Lab podcast. They explore Sandra's facilitation journey and her commitment to fostering inclusive, safe environments. Sandra discusses working with varied groups, being aware of cultural nuances, and the importance of recognizing participants' emotions. She stresses the crucial role of planning for effective facilitation and involving participants in design. Sandra also highlights the balance between maintaining structure and being responsive during facilitation sessions.

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Podcast | August 29, 2023

In this podcast, Douglas Ferguson chats with Eli Wood about facilitation's crucial role in interdisciplinary teams and product development. They explore how facilitation extends beyond design sprints, aiding any collaborative scenario. Key topics include facilitation's impact in product management, where balancing varied requirements and perspectives is essential.

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Podcast | July 24, 2023

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.

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Podcast | June 28, 2023

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.

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Podcast | May 8, 2023

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.

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Podcast | February 28, 2023

In this episode of Control the Room, I had the pleasure of speaking with Anne Libera about her time teaching comedy and improv at The Second City.  She starts with reflections on the relationship between improv and behavior.  Later, Anne shares why she created the first Comedy Writing Degree in the U.S.   We also discuss the three elements of Comedy: Recognition, Pain, and Distance.  Listen for thoughts on how and why we might bring comedy into our lives.

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Podcast | February 21, 2023

In this episode of Control the Room, I had the pleasure of speaking with Reed Coke about his decades of experience teaching others about AI.  He begins with reflections on how he started.  Later, Reed explores human learning with machine learning.  We also discuss what new roles may emerge for humans.  Listen in to reflect on what makes humans inherently unique as humans.

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Podcast | February 14, 2023

In this episode of Control the Room, I had the pleasure of speaking with Nick about his experience working in Design Systems and adopting tech while keeping the people in mind. He begins with reflections on collaboration. Later, Nick explores cultures of innovation and the importance of ‘first draft thinking’. We also discuss feedback loops, governance, and starting small when implementing change. Listen in for example of the value of design system.