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Workshop Planning (XI): Discussion As Input

In our example workshop, I decided to go for a discussion as the input. As the topic is collaboration an possible improvements, there is no larger need for any input as the starting point. On the contrary – imagine being invited to a workshop to reflect on your collaboration practices, and the first thing you are presented with is a theoretical text about collaboration at work. Wouldn’t this feel like a punch in the face? It’s like saying Well, nice of you to be here, let’s look at what you did wrong your whole career… and nobody likes that!

You can’t spell LISTEN without an I…?!

Have you ever listened to someone properly? I mean, properly. Listening involves more than turning your head into the general direction where a friend, colleague or even your boss is sitting. Listening skills are often very, if not the most, underdeveloped skill in a leader’s skill set. Well, why should you waste your time improving your listening skills? You have two ears, both are functioning, or maybe just one, but that’s still enough, right? Spoiler alert: It’s not. The good thing is: You can improve your listening skills with one simple little thing.

Workshop Planning (IX): Warm-Ups And Where To Find Them

The goals for warm-ups and feedbacks are usually quite universal. However, there is a great variance in what you can and will achieve with a warm-up. You should always consider your warm-ups, feedback phases and cool-downs as part of your workshop, and as such, as a phase that fulfills a certain function. A good warm-up is never just a game that interrupts your workshop!

When To Use Meeting Rituals

Leading meetings is an art and a necessity. The difference between a meeting and a great meeting is most often made by the meeting owner. There are a few mandatory steps to go through if you want to bring your meetings to the next level. A very easy way to upgrade your regulars is to introduce some rituals. That does not mean that you should make your meetings fully predictable – it just means giving everybody some bootstraps to navigate through the meeting safely.

How To Stay Flexible When Everybody Messes With Your Planning

I cannot count the times I saw those motivational posts on LinkedIn or Facebook which are all about awareness and being kind to yourself. Drink enough, get enough sleep, plan your day ahead and don’t miss the breaks! An exhausted body is toxic. I know! And I do! And I bet most of you also have good habits. But if you are managing one or more teams, it’s not always your fault if something does not work according to your plan. So how can you find the balance between not losing yourself, but still staying open towards all the last-minute requests that come in during the day?