Mike Pounsford

Aligning people with purpose

Our friends at IABC EMENA are putting on what promises to be a useful free Webinar:

Mike Pounsford
@mikepounsford

Aligning people with purpose
17 January 2018 at 1 p.m. CET

Join IABC EMENA’s guest speaker Mike Pounsford, as he discusses the importance of purpose and approaches to alignment in the webinar Aligning people with purpose.

The webinar will combine input, illustrations and responses to questions raised by participants during the session.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Understanding why purpose is important to provide a sense of meaning for work and a strategic perspective
  • Exploring the role of leadership groups at different levels and why their ownership of the purpose conversation is still critical
  • Exploring different approaches to how purpose can be developed; who to involve and how to involve them in the process
  • Exploration of one approach to help leaders increase “line of sight” – linking strategic goals and individual roles

REGISTER NOW.

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Timeless gift ideas for the non-profit Chair in your life

Whether starting out, or a masterful Chair, many tools of this craft are the same. And one can always use more of these…

That said, if you have a bit more to spend, there are a few even more valuable ideas right at the end.

The three essentials tools for good Chairing

Pens

Notebooks

Chair

A good fountain pen need not cost a fortune. Take note. This one looks smart in both the boardroom and on the front line. And yes, you might need those notes says a16z: ‘The Most Boring Yet Valuable’ 20 Minutes‘. Beautiful Danish design. Arne Jacobsen no less. Practice balancing on three legs. Or as Archer & Cameron call Governance, Operations, Behaviours: the foundation of successful collaboration: (see book below).
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A Chair in action

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Scaling your intent: personal & professional development for non-profit Chairs

Strategy

Leadership

Network

Get inside your head to transform how you work. How to build relationships, handle conflict and share control. Give membership of the relevant national body, for example the Association of Chairs (UK) or BoardSource (US).
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What’s missing? Got other ideas? Share them. Tweet @alignyourorg.

 

 

Timeless gift ideas for the Facilitator in your life

Whether starting out, or a master facilitator, many tools of the trade are the same. And one can always use more of these…

That said, if you have a bit more to spend, there are a few even more valuable ideas right at the end.

Fill out those flipcharts

Sharpie

Berol

Mr Sketch

Safe, permanent, choice for (almost) any surface. Comes in lots of colours. Wise choice for whiteboards. Less useful for paper… Water-based – and with a scent. Martin Gilbraith’s preferred – and I can see why. Participants love them.

You can see Mr Sketch pens in action above – and get yourself some facilitation training here.

Gather those ideas

Large

Mega

Pro

Bigger than your usual office Post-Its. Handy for small group facilitation. The last and largest Post-It note (unless you count the wall charts). Often hard to find, but incredibly useful on the go for slightly bigger groups. For large group facilitation – for 3m & 5m (or repetitions thereof), use ICA Stickywalls. Match with 3M ReMount spray – and stacks of colourful paper
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ICA Stickywall in action

Flag, dot and whatnot

Flag

Dot

Whatnot

For when you need a clear indicator. Small, but handy when you need lots. The cheerful option. And it is all good.

Flagging in action

Scaling your intent: personal & professional development for facilitators

Individual

Leadership

Network

Get inside your head to transform how you work. How to build relationships, handle conflict and share control. Give 1, 2 or 3 years of membership of the International Association of Facilitators.
Andy Gibson: A Mind For Business David Archer & Alex Cameron: Collaborative Leadership

IAF - International Association of Facilitators

What’s missing? Got other ideas? Share them. Tweet @alignyourorg.

 

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Timeless gift ideas for the Communicator in your life

Whether starting out, or a master communicator, many tools of the trade are the same. And one can always use more of these…

That said, if you have a bit more to spend, there are a few even more valuable ideas right at the end.

Three quick ideas for the Professional Communicator

Pen

Notebook

Coffee

A good fountain pen need not cost a fortune. Looks great in the boardroom – and can easily be refilled. Stenography might be out of fashion, but handwritten notes are not. A chat over coffee is one of the fastest ways to #createconnection. Check out the merch from IABC…
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Pen and paper in action – fuelled by coffee

Scaling your intent: personal & professional development for professional communicators

Individual

Leadership

Network

Get inside your head to transform how you work. How to build relationships, handle conflict and share control. Give membership of the International Association of Communicators.
Andy Gibson: A Mind For Business

David Archer & Alex Cameron: Collaborative Leadership IABC Member Logo

What’s missing? Got other ideas? Share them. Tweet @alignyourorg.

 

Couravel's Big Conversation @mikepounsford

A Big Conversation Q&A – aligning leaders using pictures

What’s the next best to attending an event? Seeing the effect of it afterwards and being able to ask questions.

Case in point: I recently missed the prototype of an exciting new facilitation format. Pioneered by long-standing collaborator Mike Pounsford, a Certified Professional Facilitator. The aim was to help leaders align around a shared challenge. 

To make up for it – we caught up over a coffee. Here’s the Q&A:

Q: You brought 15 leaders together to solve a complex issue – using a fresh approach – what was it?

A: We developed a visual narrative and added some killer questions. This enabled us to explore how our organisations need to respond to the changes. Challenges coming at us as a result of disruptive technologies and digital transformation. We literally created a Big Picture! We could then use it as a platform for engaging, open and challenging conversations. Deliberate dialogue about what the future holds for us as individuals – and for our businesses.

Q: Alignment using pictures – interesting! Can you sketch out how this idea came about?

A: We have known for years – since our time in the caves – of the power of pictures and their role in illustrating great stories. Our brains process visual information at a much faster rate than the written word, and stories activate more parts of our brain.

Storytelling is often seen as a communication tool to be used by leaders to influence an audience. But some of the most powerful applications of strategic storytelling involve groups of people from all levels and disciplines. How? By sharing their stories and linking these to a higher strategic narrative. Global organisations such as the charity Oxfam; New Look – the fashion retailer; TUI – the travel company; GSK – the pharmaceutical giant and BAE Systems – the defence and engineering business – have all developed meaning and purpose for their people by encouraging people to tell their stories to each other.

Q: How did the leaders respond?

A: The feedback was fantastic. And so was the learning because we recognised the potential to help each of these leaders to engage with their colleagues and peers. The issue is often not working out what to do but working out how to build and sustain momentum to make the changes. That is the secret of this approach. Watch the video to the end!

Nice work. Here’s a brief video setting out the flow:

You can learn more about Mike’s work at couravel.com, follow him @mikepounsford and connect with him on LinkedIn.

 

Four worthwhile events coming up

What has London, DC and Paris got in common? A set of diverse but interesting events – all can help you think about new ways to engage, enable and align people.

To paraphrase a proverb: if you want to go fast, go alone – if you want to go far, go to one of these – or perhaps all four:

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Our next webinar

‘Change is the only constant’

So asserted Heraclitus a couple of millennia ago – and it holds true today. Yet, some studies suggest that as many as 70% of change programmes fail.

What does it take to align people behind change?

We’re here to help improve your chances by aligning people, resources and effort using accessible tools and techniques. Through three practical case studies we’ll show how leaders in organisations large and small have created the conditions for people to align behind change.

We’ll walk through proven methodologies and also take your burning questions.

Register now.

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