Electronic Newsletter Issue 2012-04
To help increase
"Shirley is an excellent facilitator. When facilitating our team, her ability to remain impartial keeps everyone on track. Her ability to facilitate a productive meeting better utilizes everyone's time."
- Call Center Manager
"Shirley's energy and enthusiasm are excellent examples for the rest of us. I have seen many occasions when Shirley was able to get a group moving just because of the enthusiasm she showed on the topic at hand. That is very contagious."
- Leadership Trng Manager
"Shirley is a very good facilitator and she took the initiative ... to help us grow as a team. "
- Business System Analyst
"If I had to pick the people who have had the most impact on the support team, Shirley would be at the top of the list. Through Shirley's leadership, team was able to set goals, adopt an organizational structure, and prioritize a list of action items."
- PC Support/Service Rep
To unsubscribe or become a new subscribers, visit options on
In the 2012 book release of "Measuring Leadership Development," it states 74% of respondents believe the biggest reason a Leadership Development (LD) project fails is because data collection is not built into them from the beginning. In other words, the program developers can not prove the program accomplished its goals or show a return on investment (ROI) to management.
** NOTE: To see more statistics, visit the blog link below.
As someone who has facilitated focus groups, I found the suggested use for data collection in the above book very interesting and likely to be most effective and easiest tool. In chapter 6, the authors suggest using management focus groups for estimating ROI on portions of LD programs since they are the experts of what worked for their organizations and how. Below are the suggested steps to run a 2-hour focus group:
1. Explain the task.
2. Discuss the rules.
3. Explain the importance of the process
4. Select the first measure and show the improvement
5. Identify the factors that have contributed to performance
6. Identify other factors that have contributed to performance
7. Discuss the link of each factor
8. Repeat #7 for all factors
9. Allocate the improvement (percentage or pie chart activity)
10. Provide a confidence estimate
11. Multiply percentages from steps 9 and 10
12. Report results
If anyone is interested in doing a focus group and need help facilitating, please let me know. Or if you want to try it on your own, go buy the book and read it through before sending your meeting invites.
For more tips from the book, see 2bProductive blog post:
2Bproductive Blog made the list of "Top 75 Productivity Experts to Follow on Twitter" this month!
Would you like to see a dozen of the other well-known experts and their book titles? Or find a link to the full list of 75 along with their Twitter names? If yes, then visit OrgThis Blog post
We are partnering with Peak Performance Solutions to offer great training opportunities and assessments! Starting with 1.5 hour "Work of Leaders" webinars in May which feature an assessment based on "The 8 Dimensions of Leadership" book. If you think this tool may be useful for your LD programs, check out the Events and Webinars schedule. If you register, be sure to put RNEWS in your description so we know how you found out about the webinar. If you want to know more about the tool before you sign-up, check out Peak Performance Solutions Blog post Everything DiSC Work of Leaders – 8 Dimensions in Leadership Assessment. Thanks.
"Leadership and learning are
indispensable to each other."
Increase Personal and Group Productivity with Books
This is a must-have
guide for personal
in the 21st century.
A Meeting Wizard's Approach
A no-nonsense and much-needed guide to planning and conducting meetings so that they are as productive, effectual, and smoothly run as possible.
A quick study in general project management processes and related outputs that helps to guide project managers and team members through a simple process called O.P.I.E. (Open, Plan, Implement, End) for project management.