I really love this tool for provocative contracting from Andrew Rixon.  The first questions we ask clients help us understand how open everyone is to whatever happens (and that includes ourselves as facilitator).

Tom Fishburne asks what happens after the brainstorm.  His cartoon and thoughts will resonate with many.

On the back of that, I’m reminded of a post from Johnnie Moore late last month on the limits of brainstorming and giving individuals time and space to think alone.

Another small gem of a post from Patricia Ryan Madson - The Improviser’s Way.

Seth Godin‘s post on unnecessary customer signage that interrupts a small audience reminds me of instances in some organisations I’ve worked in.  I’ve seen rules being introduced and enforced for all as a response to the misdemeanour of one person.  I’ve been called to meetings where everyone in the room is chastised for something that hasn’t been directly addressed to the person or persons concerned.  Signs and rules without thought for the impact on the greater group.  Seth Godin asks – “How important is it? Is it so important you need to interrupt everyone, every single one of your customers?”

Lynn Walsh – workshop and meeting facilitator – Sydney- business and strategic planning – team conversations

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