A Few Odds and Ends

A quick post to share some insights and opportunities that may be of interest.

Ideas for Conference Design

In the past few months, I have been asked to share tips and techniques for more effective meeting and conference design, a topic I regularly write about myself.  Here are links to two Q&As that contain what I hope is good counsel. 

Meetings and Conventions Magazine
Insights and Ideas from Design Pioneers 

Meetings Today-Fridays with Joan
Mixing Up Our Meetings  

Have a meeting or conference design you want to refresh for relevance and return on investment? I regularly offer ideas via affordable consultation calls, as well as facilitate more in-depth half-day or full-day design sessions with staff and/or volunteers.  Let me know if I can be of help.

Does Your Organization have an Effective Operating System?

You probably do not think a lot about the operating system that makes everything possible on your computer, tablet, or smartphone other than when we are told it is time to do a periodic upgrade.

Organizations also have operating systems that work in the background and enable daily activity.  Not quite organizational culture and not really a traditional strategic plan, an organizational OS consists of those core elements that should (this is the operative term) inform every discussion and decision made.

I recently led a full-day conversation with an association board of directors and key staff to clarify, refresh, and make their OS more explicit.  We used Simon Sinek's Golden Circle (watch a five min. version of his TEDx Talk) as our model, crafting language to articulate the organization's WHY, WHAT, and HOW, the latter being represented by several guiding principles.  We also combined the WHY and WHAT for a more traditional mission statement.

What these association leaders created offers timeless and enduring thinking for ongoing exploration, each element almost begging for staff, volunteers, and board members to raise questions about how it applies to both short- and long-term decisions.

For additional inspiration and conversation, we drew on this excellent article and its framework for unconventional strategy. A must read!

Does your organization have an effective operating system, one that everyone understands and applies with great clarity and consistency?  If not, the new year is an excellent time to create conversations that produce a needed upgrade.

Looking Ahead to 2018

While continuing my writing sabbatical, I am scheduling a limited number of 2018 speaking, facilitation, or consulting engagements.  While always happy to custom-design sessions on a variety of topics, I am particularly excited about these three possibilities ...
  1.  A new keynote/general session based on my current writing project, Say Yes Less: Why It Matters and How to Do It 
  2. A keynote/general session based on my TEDx Talk on being a better lifelong learner
  3. Teaching staff and volunteers to be effective facilitators in half-day or full-day sessions. 
If I can be of service to you on these or any other topic in the new year, now is the time to get on my calendar.

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