It’s been awhile. Sorry for the lack of advance notice, but I decided to use February as a month for some major reflection and reassessment. In this longer than usual post, I’m going to share the outcome of that effort. If my plans for the next several years aren’t of interest to you, feel free to stop reading now. Regular blogging resumes Wednesday with a quick burst of daily posts focusing on the core questions for cultivating engagement.
- Context and connections for the abundance of content: more sense, connections, and deeper meaning made of the reading and resources that are just being skimmed, if noticed at all.
- Support for getting in action: moving beyond just raising awareness of what needs to be done to facilitating individuals and organizations getting in action on the ideas and issues that matter most to them.
- Ensuring engagement and collaboration in face-to-face leadership and learning experiences: making the most of having people together in real-time, appropriately incorporating varied learning formats and technology tools to maximize the value received and created.
- Introducing simplicity and clarity in areas that seem to be increasingly clouded by unnecessary complexity, specifically the topics of productive workplaces, strategy, and innovation.My response to all this? Count me in.
- Delivering major keynotes bundled with implementation/discussion breakouts, blog or magazine essays, and a pre- or post- event webinar. A keynote alone just raises awareness. By making my keynotes into interactive general session presentations and bundling them with additional content exploration opportunities, I can help conference attendees not only think differently, but prepare them to do differently.
- Providing facilitation and presentation skills training
coupled with individual coaching via phone, Skype, or Google hangouts. I probably teach these topics more than any other, but I want to expand my efforts to help conference presenters and association volunteers build their capacity to facilitate more powerful conversations and interactive learning experiences. They are a critical conduit to others having positive interactions, yet don't always possess the full skill set their efforts require.
- Facilitating deep dives into a single strategic issue or question using design thinking principles to help organizations refresh or reinvent their competitive advantage. Traditional strategic planning may be dead, but the need to craft strategy most certainly is not. These sessions will help organizations draw on fresh thinking to make significant progress on one critical question or issue confronting their efforts.
- Providing high quality leadership conference/workshop curriculum for others’ use including session outlines, slides, handouts, and facilitator training/support. For the cost of bringing in one outside speaker for a conference, organizations can now have professionally developed curriculum they can use in perpetuity, tapping into their own staff and volunteers as presenters.
My best availability until year's end is during August, September, November, and December.