FranklinCovey Blog | February, 2009
Based all around the world, our FranklinCovey consultants partner with organizations and help people accomplish their most important goals and initiatives. They spend their days helping organizations identity and close performance gaps through training. They motivate and inspire.
They are busy people but luckily they take time to share their thoughts with us via blogs. Check out some of their insights: › Continue reading
Attention fellow facilitators – it’s a whole new world out there and this blog is to let you know that, with passion and sweat equity, you too can become an effective facilitator in this new, important way to deliver training.
Vanity is one of my core values and with that comes an aversion to alluding to my age. Suffice it to say that I have been conducting live, classroom training for a really long time. (Okay, Okay! I have been in the people development biz since 1985!) So, what happened when this Baby Boomer (close to Gen Xer, though!) was given the opportunity/privilege to develop and deliver training via FranklinCovey’s brand of LiveClicks Webinars? (Resolving Generational Conflict)
I wasn’t sure if I was the right person to be doing these. After all, I am used to face-to-face interaction with participants in workshops. I found learning the technology intimidating and a little frustrating. I ran scared for awhile then relied on what I know to be true for me, something I learned eons ago: Perfect Practice Makes Perfect. I practiced like crazy in my office, online for hours, (with only Sparky the dog as my audience), going through the layouts and getting the presentation just so. I attended many other Webinars to determine what made them effective; I made sure that my technical systems were running perfectly. By doing these things, my energy during the session was focused on the participants’ verbal responses and chat offerings. › Continue reading
One of the great opportunities this downturn has created is the selling of how to do something in a crisis. I get many emails a week offering to educate me on how to do something I thought I knew how to do, but no apparently do not because we are in a crisis and everything is different. ‘How to lead in a crisis’, how to project manage in a crisis’, ‘how to sell in a crisis’, ‘how to buy a car in a crisis’, ‘how to make French onion soup in a crisis’ (well, that one wasn’t real). While everyone is on the bandwagon, they are with good cause. The crisis demands at times new actions for new challenges. However, at other times, what it demands is a recommitment to what has always worked, but was less understood in good times. This is the case with leadership.
Given that our job as leaders is ultimately to get results through our teams, and given that declining results are one of the big problems in this economy, then our problem to solve is results. And, given that we need to achieve results through people, our challenge is to help a group of people who are bombarded daily both in the workplace and the press with dour forecasts for the future, feel motivated, energized and engaged.
The good news is not only is it possible, it is probable if the leader does the right things. A crisis sets the stage for the leverage and changing of the most powerful force over behavior in an organization – culture. › Continue reading