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How to Go Beyond a Workshop That "Failed"

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By Bryann Alexandros
Bryann Alexandros from Skylance brings you brief innovation lessons from his ongoing experience in the private and public sector. Whether you lead a small team or run a large enterprise, get the latest lessons on problem exploration, strategy consulting, project design, problem solving, and team creativity.
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How to Go Beyond a Workshop That "Failed"
In Episode #1, I talk about going beyond the standalone workshop, especially with design thinking, sprints, etc. Many workshops are fine for attacking specific, isolated issues, but if you're trying to skill up or train up, you need to start measuring. Practitioners tend to fall in love with their methodology, but for the manager/exec (YOU),  the only thing that matters is a demonstrable change in business outcomes. I’ll tell you why most of these workshops and projects go awry, and how you can protect yourself and future-proof yourself as much as possible and increase the likelihood for a high-fidelity project. I’ll also give you ONE thing that should NOT be used as a "success metric." [0:07] Fail = No tangible/provable change after the training/workshop [0:17] This is for managers/ CxOs who have never purchased before [0:32] Not for those who only hire trainers for satisfying numbers, who care not about actual change [0:56] For those, who want real results [2:19] What is the Maslow Hammer Fallacy? [2:49] Workshops fail when the consultant fails to understand true need [3:22] Consultants fall in love with their pet methodology. It happens to the best of us [4:04] 1. Have the right issue framed [4:51] 2. Attach objectives to clear measures [5:04] US alone spends $90 billion on training annually BUT... [5:29] Three examples of metrics to use [6:54] One "metric" you shouldn't use by itself: Feelings. Home of the Skylance VIP list: Skylance.org
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March 19, 2019
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