Good bye acute meetingitis! Plan your day-to-day meetings as a true KMer…


On this blog I talk a lot about (large) events, how they’re designed, facilitated, useful, successful, impactful… or not. There is a related, mundane, day-to-day topic: the case of everyday meetings. We spend sometimes so much time that we might want to think about how to make them as useful. And in this post, I just want to […]

A good idea for today and everyday: paraphrasing


Paraphrasing always had a negative connotation for my French ears. Like beating around the bush or repeating things without value. I know a much better meaning now: it’s a cornerstone of listening and learning. I’ve been in this wonderful course from Sam Kaner about facilitation and participatory decision making. Quality stuff! And one of the […]

From pervasive attention to purposeful intention (the rituals of learning)


This may be related to the anatomy of learning. I notice that we tend to learn in a pervasive way: as we go along we discover micro patterns. But we can, and should, put our attention to the next mile, the next thing we can improve. These micro patterns that come to our attention are an opportunity […]

Who is in for triple loop learning?


Learning is hard. Hard to understand, hard to apply, hard to make consistent, hard to apply and change behaviour. Learning about learning is a lot harder. So when someone starts talking about ‘double loop learning’, eyes start rolling out. And when ‘triple loop learning’ splashes in a conversation, it ends in a circle of silence […]

The process arts, in defence of sustainable development


First of this series of short posts. Maybe this year we’l be organising some sort of share fair of the process arts,  looking at facilitation, graphic facilitation, social learning and some other process-oriented approaches and tools. But why really? What is it that ‘process’ awareness, or process literacy has to bring? The important thing is not […]

Musings of the past week, and a blog experiment


Last week was very rich in conversations that relate to this blog as my organisation was holding its annual communication and knowledge management review and planning meeting. And on the back of that, lots of great free-floating conversations with colleagues and friends…   So I start this week with lots of ideas in mind to […]

Knowledge management strategy development: Taking stock


Nothing like having your back to the wall to do some useful research. Here I am, fishing for ideas on good communication and knowledge management strategies. I addressed how to develop a communication strategy a while back. And though I’ve shared some ideas on how I would go about a KM strategy, I haven’t really synthesised all […]

“Get me trained and I’ll become a superhero!” I mean, come on…


A short post, for an idea that is not really new in my (mind)world: Training is great. But it won’t give you the superpowers you were expecting… Where do people get this idea from? Even in my close surrounding people believe training is the surest way to become someone else, and I see countless CVs that […]