NASA Premortem

Last year I had the opportunity to serve on a National Academy of Sciences committee. We were chartered to help NASA improve its innovation ecosystem, a truly awesome experience. One of my main contributions was to lead several Premortem sessions, where participants...

Facilitation Tip: Managing A Dominant Voice

We’ve all been in meetings where one person talks too much, haven’t we? As facilitators, this can be a challenging situation to manage. On the one hand, we want to honor each person’s contribution and willingness to participate. Shutting someone down can have a...

Switching It Up (Part 2)

Our Story From Last Week Continues…  Day Two: Brainstorming and Prioritizing Actions At the end of the first day, the facilitation team met and affinitized the feedback we’d heard, grouping it into topics for the next day. Our intent was to form the participants into...

Switching It Up: A Mix & Match Path To Success

Today’s post is the first in a series by guest bloggers Alex Feinman (with Tom Seibert and Tammy Freeman)  Sometimes, you have to mix and match methods to get the results you need. This story is example of how important it is to be able to modify and adapt the...

Shared Leadership

I often say the best thing Team Toolkit ever built was… the team itself.  Team Toolkit operates with a collaborative structure where each member has a lot of room to use their strengths, to support each other, and to have fun doing it. It’s a very low-ego...