Take your workshop facilitation technique to the next level with these simple tips

A facilitator’s best friends

For the last 4 years I’ve been running workshops with my teams and recently with different groups of people. The difference between these experiences is stark. I took for granted that we’d already built up a good connection and trust within our team so running workshops with them was a doddle.

Then I decided to expand my skill-set by running a 3 day project kick-off workshop for the key stakeholders in my new project. Everyone knew each other so that helped but we’d never worked together in a group like this before. …

Don’t sit around waiting for things to change. Make it happen with this simple workshop template!

My colleagues at ESSIQ taking part in this very workshop

I love to see a bunch of empty chairs and groups of people huddled around their ideas on post-its! It says to me collaboration, communication, alignment and human connection.

But some people really don’t enjoy working in groups. It says to them chaos, egotistical debate, frustration and colossal waste of time.

Of course, it’s not easy to come to a consensus as a group, sometimes you have to disagree and commit. So this workshop is structured around a really simple method to make sure everyone’s opinion is heard and alignment comes naturally.

The goal? Reflect on the good things, get…

A good team culture is built on trust. Here’s how you can help.

3 people who look happy and maybe even trust each other ;)

Building trust within your team is the most important thing you can do to accelerate your journey toward becoming a high-performance team that can stand the test of time.

I want to start by sharing with you a story which illustrates why I am so passionate about the subject of trust within teams:

When I first started at my current assignment as a project manager, the development team had already experienced five project managers (in 2 years) before me and were totally fed up of it all. Within the first few months I made a massive assumption — based on…

Stop with the cringe-inducing icebreakers and try these ones instead

A group of people writing stuff and possibly talking to each other

I have been in thousands of meetings, training sessions or classes that I look back on and think how strange it is that I’m never there alone and yet that’s pretty much how it feels.

I’ve been in training sessions as part a group of people learning something together, avoiding each other’s eye contact because we haven’t been properly introduced, wanting to keep ourselves to ourselves and anyway — mum always told us not to talk to strangers, right?

We’ve all been in meetings where we all know each other technically well — hey, we spend almost every day together…

Level up your leadership with these must reads.

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Start the new year with a fresh perspective! Pick any book from this list and I guarantee you’ll feel the fire for 2020. 🔥

In this list you’ll find books on how to transform yourself from “just a manager” into a leader, how to motivate people, how to communicate better and how to make time for the things that matter.

— Happy reading! —

  1. Drive by Daniel H. Pink — a 100% must read. Think you know how to motivate people? Think again!
  2. Radical Candor by Kim Scott — a classic on “how to be a kick-ass boss without losing…

And a super short description of each one

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“Welcome to the Daily Stand-up!” — “That will be dealt with on Tuesday when we have our backlog refinement session.” — “When is the sprint review meeting again??”

Perhaps your company is undergoing an “agile transformation” and you’ve suddenly found yourself working as part of an “agile team” and your calendar is full of meeting requests to things you’ve never heard of before…

Or maybe you’re just an innocent bystander curious to know what these weird terms your friends in the “agile” world are talking about?

Whoever you are, these agile terms have been circulating in the software community for…

Retrospectives can be the catalyst for change as long as you’re doing them right. Here’s how.

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One of the most valuable skills I’ve learnt in my career so far is how to run retrospectives that yield action and results.

I love a good retrospective. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a team retrospective session, personal retrospective or even just a retrospective of a recurring meeting. It’s the perfect chance to reflect and improve (with the emphasis here really being on improve).

For those of you who are all too familiar with retrospectives, you might leave with one of these feelings:

  1. They’re a waste of time because no one listens to your input and nothing ever changes anyway…

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“Pay yourself first”

I read this phrase in so many articles while researching the best way to make a personal budget and savings plan. “Pay myself first?” I thought. I had bills that needed to be paid first. Food to buy and new friends to make. I was alone in a new city, now wasn’t an easy time for scrimping. “Pay yourself first” seemed like a luxury I couldn’t afford.

It was last August that I started my budget spreadsheet. Money was incredibly tight; my marriage had ended so I’d taken a new job in a city on the other…

Joanna Louise Durant

Agile Coacher. Product Owner. Workshop Facilitator | Leadership Consultant in Stockholm

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