I am a passionate advocate for learning. For me lifelong learning applies to the organisation as much as it does for the individual, their team or managers. Organisational Development is my passion - how to move from where you are to where you need to be. Future focused and happy.
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I do like this one... again, perceptions are challenged, but in a direct way.
The fact that many people walked away rather than sitting in a room full of biker's is interesting.
That clip is brilliant... certainly gets people thinking down a prejudicial route and then challenges their assumptions brilliantly. Thank you. That will certainly be making an appearance in the programme.
Thank you so much for the feedback, ideas and suggestions. I have sourced amazing mindmapping software from Tony Buzan. http://www.thinkbuzan.com/uk/
They have an incredible mindmapping software programme which I'm so amazed with and can see so many uses in addition to those I started with that I've prized the lid off my company moneybox and purchased the full version.
The free system is great, but (as one would expect) the functionality for the paid for product is amazing... linkage with gantt charts, project planning, the 3d abilities, running presentations using it.... hopefully you can feel my enthusiasm with the words as you read them.
Thanks for the contributions of the PM's also received.
Wow... there's a lot to take in. I'll spend some time looking at the recommendations you have all kindly made and will post once I've selected something.
Many thanks for your contributions.
We are using our quite extensively. We also 'unfurled' a pad we'd been using for quite some time... very rolled up, lots of creases and battered.
It is now pristine and uncreased. They really work and are worth every penny.
I use a small scale exercise which could easily be upscaled.
The customer service chain... Think about a service and process your company needs to improve. Next, get groups to plot out the stages in the 'chain' from start to end (including any 'back office' functions which support). Everybody writes a stage (If you want to make it bigger use sub stages, problems and solutions, etc)
It can be used to get people out of their seats...you use the gummed 'links' often used to make christmas decorations and write on them the stages of a particular process or system.
You could easily upscale this by getting each team member to add their 'link' to the area of the chain they have a particular passion about.
Finally, start to talk about what causes frustrations for staff and customers and at those key points in the 'chain' break it.
Finally, talk about the 'future perfect' and "mend the chain". Now you have an enormous brightly coloured chain which everybody contributes to .... that is your customer service chain.
It's sticking, decorating and gluing... it's got a message and you can have fun along the way.
*** I took the advice of one of the posters here and have bought a couple of the folio carriers... they are fantastic. A colleague had a rather 'well loved' preprepared flipchart and within a short space of time it was smooth again.
They don't crease... and are well worth investing in... also relatively easy to transport being the same width as a flipchart, but, about 1/3 of the length. Still early days, but so far very very very impressed.
Having read the reviews and accollades for the FOLDIO I have just bought two. I suspect they'll be well loved and well used and are much easier to transport than the 'tube' type.
I also have to say a thumbs up for Magic Whiteboard - I use it to convert walls into flipcharts, its fanastic and can be used many times without losing its static-stickyness.
Once I have received them I'll post a review here.
I really like the foldio and shall be making a purchase. Wow, what an excellent idea.
Do you have one, and have you found it 'fits the bill'?
Thanks for the info... looked into the two options and they are now with the manager. They had an urgent need, but, have now 'sat on' the information for a while. Ho Hum.