Thursday, September 18, 2008

So, you are thinking of a Facilitation Initiative?

Generally, a Business's Initiative should:
  • Clearly communicate values (those who attend should be able to state three values);
  • Leave three takeaway tangible things that can be done (those who participate should be able to name three measurable things they should do);
  • Should not espouse goals or values inconsistent with actual management practices;
  • Should not raise expectations that will not be reached/Should not create a basis for dissatisfaction;
  • Should establish a clear metaphor.
E.g. many S. Covey based initiatives want employees to gain the values promoted while management is not transparent and does not espouse the values in action. I like
Leadership and Self Deception: Getting Out of the Box so much because it focuses on the fact that so many approaches are really just self deception.

E.g. I've a friend who is a recruiter and one of his favorite recruiting grounds is companies that make promises in their initiatives that they do not deliver on.

E.g. Never mock your own processes.

Some thoughts.

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