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Happy new year (early!) or How to have a good 2015 by learning from 2014

It’s a little over 10 weeks to the end of 2014 and the beginning of the new year. It will be here sooner than you think!

Looking back over 2014 you have probably achieved and shared a lot. Now is the traditional time to gaze back over those achievements and shared experiences in order to take your learning forward and to imbed those into your plans for 2015. Or, if you have completed your plans for next year consider how to imbed your learning into the actions you have committed to so you can achieve even more. Your 2014 offers a rich source of information waiting to be looked at in a new way. Continue Reading…

Can graphic recording in meetings be fun, too?

Our fearless leader scribing on a large post it to add, doubtlessly great, content to our discussion.

Our fearless leader scribing on a large post it to add, doubtlessly great, content to our discussion.

If our internal meetings are anything to go by then the answer is “Yes!” graphic recording or scribing can add some elements of fun to meetings. And why not? Dull, droll, dour meetings, even if they are data driven, don’t engage or help with institutional memory (except maybe that our institution has dull, droll and dour meetings). The legacy we aim to achieve in Meeting Magic and Scribing Magic is a fun place to work with engaging and stimulating meetings. Can these happy campers be anything but fun to work with?!

One of our network members rests in the mess of a good days work.

One of our network members rests in the mess of a good days work.

Teams. How to harness their power.

Using graphic formats and metaphors will focus teams on plans and actions to achieve success.

Using graphic formats and metaphors will focus teams on plans and actions to achieve success.

When teams work they can achieve amazing things. But who has worked in

a truly high quality team? Who has gone beyond a functioning work group to a true team? What is a team anyway?

How to answer these questions is to not ‘say’ we are a team but to make the team visible with quality models, visual recordings of the important conversations team need to have to function well, and graphic ways of tracking commitments, action implementations and useful reviews. Visual thinking, with graphic recording a key element, is very empowering.

Harness the power of your teams by working visually together. It makes it easier to share ideas, see what colleagues are talking about, addressing conflicts and stress points, using visual models to double-check assumptions, and many other results.

To learn more about empowering your teams with visual thinking and graphic tools give us a shout. We love team support as much as we love meetings.