IAF Regional Director Trevor Durnford and IAF Member Bruce Rowling present Sean Blair with the Facilitation Impact Award.
LEGO®, Dialogue and new meeting tools help leading college get a top UK value added score ProMeet together with client, Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) have received a Facilitation Impact Award from the International Association of Facilitators (IAF). Read More...
I recently had the pleasure of facilitating a 1.5 day strategy workshop for trustees and senior executives of Ravensbourne College. Chairman Jon Drori (who incidentally gives great TED talks) was kind enough to write to me after the workshop, here is his brief letter:
Dear Sean, Thank you for facilitating Ravensbourne's strategy awaydays so ably.
Facilitation is one of those activities that too many people think they can do well. Some of those people should watch you at work - professional, firm, authoritative, gracious and focused on the outcome we wanted, which was to have a senior team of executives and governors sharing ambition and direction.
I confess that when you and I first met I wasn't immediately sure that Lego Serious Play would be the right tool for our team. You quickly gained my trust and I'm absolutely delighted that, having listened carefully to what we wanted to achieve, you made such persuasive arguments for the approach.
I would be very happy to recommend your services to others.
All the best, Jon
Jonathan Drori CBE Chairman, Ravensbourne Board of Governors
Vision exercises help teams create 'desirable and appealing pictures of a future state'. Lego Serious Play can be a useful tool to help teams think about and quickly envision future scenarios.
Sometimes in visioning teams find it hard to tune in to a time scale that is neither too futuristic or too current. With a blank canvas people may think about the future from many different starting points.
Taking a user centred approach can help teams people about the future from the perspective of different stakeholder groups. At a recent workshop for PCMA participants were asked to form five groups and each group was given a different persona to work with.
Adrian Crookes, (pictured) is a course leader at the London College of Communication. At the end of a workshop I facilitated this week, he reflected,
“I thought LEGO Serious play was a remarkably adult way of getting together to discuss issues and problems”. Conversely meetings using post-it notes and flip charts seem to infantilise by comparison.” Read More...
IMEX Frankfurt is the ‘worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meeting and events’, and each year c.300 association executives from 40 countries gather the day before IMEX to learn from each other during ‘Association Day”. Read More...
In 1948, a peasant farmer started a business making tractors.
Within five years this man – Ferruccio – was one of the richest men in Italy. He amassed a fine collection of cars – Alfa Romeos, Maseratis, Lancias – but his heart belonged to his Ferraris, of which he owned six. Read More...