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When looking for wisdom ask “slow-thinking” questions, avoid the “fast-thinking” trap

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Guest Post by Joanne Celens and Susan Anglin The biggest revelation we had from the last 10 years of hosting online crowdsource dialogues (1) with employees for organisations is that a single word in a good question can make all the difference! When there are 100 people online for one hour, a badly posed question would waste 700 valuable brain-minutes and an opportunity to learn would be lost.  On the other hand, posing good questions generates energy, stimulating all participants to join the conversation. A good question touches hearts and minds. Most importantly a good…

Would You Like to Strengthen Every Meeting Agenda You Ever Put Together?

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How many Meeting Agendas have you read where the leader listed topics but gave you no clue as to what outcome she/he wanted? Or perhaps “Worse Yet” how many times have you discovered during your meeting that the leader had no intended outcomes for the agenda items either? And on top of all of that – How many times have you discovered that that Leader is YOU? Example: Executive Team Meeting Agenda: Sales Budget Customer Service Leveraging Strengths National Conference When you read…

Your Team Is Brainstorming All Wrong

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Guest Post by Art Markman Originally posted in the Harvard Business Review When your team is tasked with generating ideas to solve a problem, suggesting a brainstorming session is a natural reaction. But does that approach actually work? Although the term “brainstorming” is now used as a generic term for having groups develop ideas, it began as the name of a specific technique proposed by advertising executive <a...

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