Ritual Dissent, Facilitation that Goes Beyond Comfortable Consensus

Ritual Dissent: “We do that here. It’s just that the dissent happens once people have gone back to their desks and they destroy the idea” Anon. Just for the record, what I’m talking about here is: Dissent as a strongly held difference of opinion and Ritual as a set of fixed actions that are part […]

Facilitation Sketchnotes

I’ve been experimenting with some drawings / sketchnotes of facilitation methods I’ve used a lot, or fall back on at various moments. I was planning to have done something a bit more structured with them, but that’s proving to be a challenge at the moment – so I’m just parking 4 of them here until […]

Changing Faces, Changing Audit, and what really motivates people.

In 160 posts over almost three years of blogging I’ve never explicitly mentioned where I work or what I do. It is partly deliberate. Saying you work for an audit organisation prompts interesting reactions. I was recently introduced at a conference using the 19th Century Sir Charles Lyell quote: “An auditor is a man who watches the […]

Meetings are the symptom of bad organisation. Yes, but no, but maybe?

For anyone who works in a large organisation this will resonate. You can back it up with comments you might have heard over the years, like; “meetings suck the life-force out of me”, “that’s two hours of my life I will never get back” and “that was a big waste tax payers / shareholders money”. Top […]