It's great to come to conferences and hear all the good advice from lost of smart and experienced people.

But how likely are we to take our insights back and drive real change? What stops us from really changing the world?

It's a truism that an inpidual can't beat the system, right? So how do we go about making change a collective agenda? How do we encourage leadership everywhere? We start by focusing on others rather than ourselves.

In this interactive session I lead a series of small activities that model how we can go from a discussion with our friend about how things should be to leading change across the organisation. 

I run three small discussions. Each one is designed to teach a method for increasing influence and effecting organisational change.  We pick the theme of "When I saw someone do something great/amazing at work" and each iteration we increase the number of people in the discussion, and make the stories more personal.

This shows how in just three iterations of a discussion we can totally change the way we interact with the environment (i.e. the people in the wider business) and drive braver conversations.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

Opening statement to anchor the session with a context and goal

I then ask the room to conduct three 5 minute discussions with a short debrief on each one.

At the end I ask some people to come to the front of the room and share their story.

I then close with an appreciation and a summary of what just happened and how it can inform people's behaviors back at work.

Learning Outcome

People learn a pattern for growing their influence and driving change across a network of stake-holders.

People have the ability to take other things they learned at the conference and influence their team mates to adopt potential changes.

Target Audience

Everyone

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  • Fincy Yousuff
    By Fincy Yousuff  ~  1 year ago
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    Hello Craig!

    Could you please share a video of any of your presentations? This is just to understand your presentation style.

    You happened mention there would be series of small activities. But in the Outline of the Session, you have mentioned that there woud be three 5 minute discussions. Other than the discussion, do you plan on having other activities? If you do, could you please brief about about them in your proposal too?

    How effective is the excercise (the minute discussion) that you have mentioned in the proposal? Is there a personal experience or a personal success story that you could add to your proposal? If so, it would be great!

     

    Thanks and Regards,

    Fincy

    • Craig Brown
      By Craig Brown  ~  1 year ago
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      Hello again Fincy!

      In answer to your question - I bracket these group discussions with contextual information - what challenges we face at work and why we struggle to meet them, and then challenging questions, asking people to reflect on what they are doing here and how it can be used as a method back at work.

      I have used this excercise several times in the real world and a couple of times at confreence and training events. Participants give feedback that it opens their eyes to thinking about collaboration differently and reduces the imagined barriers to change that they had in their heads.

      • Fincy Yousuff
        By Fincy Yousuff  ~  1 year ago
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        Hey Craig!

        I understand. Basically we would want people from the audience to share more details about things/incidences that they can relate to from work. This way they would relate better to the talk and could take their thoughts back to their team.

        Adding on, do you think 45 minutes is required for this session? I think a good 30 minute discussion would be helpful. What are your thoughts? 

        Thanks and Regards,

        Fincy

        • Craig Brown
          By Craig Brown  ~  1 year ago
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          This breaks down as follows;

          5-8 minutes opening

          3-5 minutes instructions

          3 rounds of

          5 minutes - sharing stories

          5-8 minutes debrief

          10 minute close, talking about what happened and how to use it at work.

           

          Ideally it fits an hour, but I can make it fit 45 minutes.

  • Naresh Jain
    By Naresh Jain  ~  1 year ago
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    Hi Craig,

    How many people would you be comfortable with in this session? Basically I'm trying to understand what is your upper limit (if any)? And are you confident that everyone will be engaged?

    • Craig Brown
      By Craig Brown  ~  1 year ago
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      Naresh the last time I ran this session was with 140 people. It probably needs more than 20 to make a big impact, but if it is in a smaller room I can shift it around a bit and still make it work.

      • Naresh Jain
        By Naresh Jain  ~  1 year ago
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        Sounds good. Thanks.


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