Picture Collaboration: An Illustrated Guide for Working Together to Solve Problems

People work together, collaborate, to solve problems.   Yet, more often than not, getting to a place where you can say “problem: solved” comes with an array of challenges to navigate; negativity, uncertainty, silos, command and control, time, conflict, limited options, bad habits… obstacles to overcome. Picture Collaboration So, how do we collaboratively get from […]

Collaboration from a CIO’s perspective

Over the last few months, CIO Magazine has been posting snippets of a video interview of Sheila Jordan, SVP, Collaboration and Communication IT, Cisco Systems and Jim Love, CIO, IT World Canada.  (Note: CIO stands for Chief Information Officer) The last snippets of that interview were aired this week.   Having spent a previous career as […]

12 Things you should know as a Facilitator of effective “communications”

As a mediator and facilitator of various types of conversations, in-person and virtual, I’m always learning when it comes to being a better “communicator”.    In 2013, I added to my list of  insights on that front. For instance, did you know… Inter-personal communications is essentially the process of sending  and receiving messages. The word […]

Why virtual conversation facilitators need to get comfortable using social technologies

Do you facilitate conversations?  And, do you work virtually, or want to, yet need some convincing as to why virtual facilitation skills matter?   Here is my logic case for why and how you should invest some personal learning equity in social technologies.   Communication is about sending and receiving messages. Living beings communicate their message […]

Independence or Interdependence: What’s your default when calamity hits?

Disasters happen.  The people of the Philippines know this acutely, right now.   Typhoon Haiyan was a mega-storm.   It had no precedent.  How do people survive in a situation like that?  What will they rely on for survival, in the storm’s aftermath? Reliance on family Well, it didn’t surprise me to read in this weekend’s Globe […]

Infusing a Culture of Mediation into your organization

Organizations with long-standing success often have difficulty in shifting their members culture, when the need arrives.  Bridging the old and new ways requires skilled facilitation and ‘bridging’ skills.   Mediators are specialists in facilitating conversations and building bridges between people. The need for mediation The attributes associated with mediators are often the attributes in short supply […]

Twitter Chats Oct 22 & 24: International Facilitation Week 2013

As part of International Facilitation Week, on October 22, and again on October 24, UK facilitator @MartinGilbraith and I are hosting a Twitter (aka Tweet) chat. Each chat will run for one hour, from 9:00-10:00am PST / 12:00-1:00pm EST / 5:00-6:00pm UK time (GMT +1:00).   Each chat will include 6-8 questions, spaced throughout the hour, for […]

Timeboxing, Collaboration and Personal Time Management

It was (Canada) Thanksgiving Day yesterday.  Food, family, relaxation…  Well mostly, relaxation.  I was still feeling time pressured to get some “work” done.  Timeboxed! Time is our cue to act.   We all know that feeling: the baby is due in one month, the project deadline is tomorrow, Dad just entered palliative care… Better focus your […]

Going with the flow: Nurture your mediator chi with social media

I’m doing a webinar next week (October 22) for Mediate BC.    It’s all about enlisting social media as a path to finding balance and success in our digital age.  It’s oriented to mediators, yet I think it’ll have applicability for facilitators, of all sorts. During the webinar, I’ll take you on a journey; from […]

Webmind: Data mining 24,000 TEDx talks

Ecologist Eric Berlow, founder of Vibrant Data Labs (“Data for Social Good”), and physicist Sean Gourley collaborated to map the spread of ideas using TEDx talks and YouTube data. They mined the data associated with 24,000 TEDx talks, from 147 countries, in 50 different languages, and share their findings in their own 7 minute TED talk.  (hat […]