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Recap-Tapping into the Exponential Power at your Finger Tips

On November 3rd, ISODC and its partners conducted a Virtual Information Exchange with world renowned author and CEO coach Bjorn Martinoff.  The purpose of the discussion was to bring our members to this virtual fireside chat, so that we can learn from his book and his experiences, develop ourselves as leaders, and learn how to tap into the exponential power that is at our fingertips.

S & G Endeavors was excited to help ISODC bring this opportunity to its members, so we can dive into the untapped power that is waiting there for the taking. During the call we reviewed the PowerPoint that Bjorn had put together, and that can be reviewed separately here.

Also, check out some of the highlights and watch the video of the conversation below.

Key Learnings from our Fireside Chat

  • Books about power use trickery and manipulation.
  • Force actually decreases energy while power increases energy
  • Involve others in the change we want to see
  • We cannot force people to engage in anything. We can only create an environment in which they choose to engage – Dynamic Engagement Framework
  • Beingness changes with power, the more beingness you have the more power you have.

View a recording of the complete Fireside Chat by clicking the play button below.

Develop yourself as a leader while tapping into the exponential power at your fingertips.

Join us for a fireside chat with Bjorn Martinoff to discuss developing exponential power. Learn from his newest book and his experiences, develop yourself as a leader, and learn how to tap into the exponential power that is at your fingertips.

With the release of his recent book, “Develop Exponential Power-Stop Chasing It and Let It Chase You,” Bjorn builds on his experiences to challenge our assumptions about power, as he takes a dive into what power is and what it is not. Each chapter presents one of the 28 power principles with an easy-to-apply exercise, making this a book that is easy to follow and easy to incorporate into our everyday approach.

Join the conversation on Friday, November 3, at 8AM Eastern | Register today to reserve your spot

About the Author

Bjorn Martinoff has nearly 20 years of experience as a coach, organizational development consultant, author, trainer and facilitator. In his work, Bjorn applies insights from the behavioral sciences, action learning, extensive research, and integral development to help the world’s greatest leaders expand their individual and organizational capabilities and performance.

Potential Trainings That Level Up Your Organization & Leaders

Are you looking to level up your organization and its leaders?  Check out these potential trainings and take your organization to the next level in 2018.

The following are some of the collaborative trainings that S & G Endeavors has delivered to help our clients strengthen their organizations and their staff. Each of the trainings can be further customized or even combined with each other to create a more targeted training experience that will transform your work.

Our workshops last approximately two to four hours, utilize either in-person or on-line interactive approaches, and include small group activities that help participants apply what they are learning. Attendees of our trainings report that they have increased buy-in and understanding to new strategies and concepts that help them take their work to the next level. See workshop menu below.

Contact jwg@sgendeavors.com to schedule a consultation and take that first step to help your organization level up.

Aligning Our Department with the Organization’s Strategy

An organization’s strategic plan is only as strong as the departmental strategies that guide it to success. This workshop is targeted to work directly with departmental executive teams to ensure their departmental strategies complement and further the organization’s strategic plan.

Communication that Transforms Our Work

Communication is the key factor to a successful, well-running, organization. This workshop is designed to help participants gain a deeper understanding of the challenges to achieving good communication and to identify successful methods to increase dialog, feedback opportunities, and other aspects of their work.

Creating a Better Customer Experience

This workshop is a must for those companies holding a high commitment to customer service. It is designed to resolve challenges that impede service to the organization’s customers, leaving each participant with a better understanding of their own skills and opportunity to create an outstanding customer experience.

Effective Check-in Meetings with Employees

If your organization wants to ensure an overall great employee experience, this workshop is geared to train supervisors, new and experienced, on techniques for improving their regular one-on- one check-ins with their subordinate employees.

Highest Priority, Every Time

One of the most difficult challenges is insuring that employees are able to focus on the most important parts of the organization’s strategy that will help to achieve greater success. This workshop teaches employees, especially those in leadership positions, techniques for setting priorities as a team and holding themselves to them, ensuring that the highest priority tasks are always what is being worked on.

Increasing Our Capacity to Lead

Great leadership is another key factor determining the success of an organization. This workshop is designed to identify those aspects of a good leader and to help participants grow their own leadership skills.

Managing Change

Managing change, even when in a small to medium sized organization, can be a challenge for leaders, especially if trying to change culture or approach to doing business. This workshop is geared directly to those managing all levels of change to empower them with techniques and methods that will increase buy-in and implementation success.

Removing Obstacles for Blind People in Our Work

This workshop imparts strategies that allow agencies and companies to best engage the blind community, including specific techniques and hands-on experiences that help employees approach diversity and inclusivity goals.

Running Great Meetings

Bad meetings are a waste of time and energy and frankly, can severely impact the dynamics of a team or the organization as a whole. This workshop is designed to build facilitation skills and agenda setting systems for running great staff meetings, so that one can focus his or her meetings on those things that need discussion, yielding increased innovation and greater success for the organization.

Setting Achievable Goals and Objectives

This workshop is designed to provide participants a standard system of setting work and performance goals and objectives that allows one to focus on measurable outcomes

Recap–An Exploratory Conversation of how culture impacts you and your work

On October 3, ISODC and its partners hosted a virtual collaborative dialog exploring culture and its impacts on our work. Our overall purpose: “to bring practitioners and scholars together to gain a fuller understanding of culture, specifically what it means to you and to your work; and to further explore related questions that will help us become more aware and effective in our endeavors.”

 

Joined by our partners at NEXUS4change and the center for Appreciative Inquiry, S & G Endeavors facilitated two virtual conversations, so that we could attract all cultures and all timezones. To help set the stage for our conversation, we kicked each roundtable off with a short presentation, click here to check it out.

 

Also, check out some of the highlights and watch videos of each conversation below.

 

Roundtable Call 1 Key Learnings

  • It is easier to create change when you have an environment of trust and inclusion
  • Assessment is a big part of changing culture, because in order to change culture you have to know what is there to start with
  • Change agents, or process consultants,  don’t manage culture, we help people figure out ways to talk effectively with each other about things that are common to the entire organization.
  • Don’t do things without understanding what you are dealing with.
  • One way to impact additional subcultures is for anyone who buys into the overall culture to constantly be touting that, promoting that, to keep the conversation in a positive light.  If we focus on the negative we aren’t going to accomplish much.

 

View a recording of the morning conversation by clicking the play button below:

 

 

Roundtable Call 2 Key Learnings

  • All change in leadership should be based on appreciating the best thing and appreciating the best in each other instead of focusing on what is wrong and tripping over our problems
  • Organizational design is a physical manifestation of what the culture is, should be or wants to be
  • If an organization is going to be changed, it needs to be lead through the change and the leaders of the organization are the people who are supposed to do that with the help of process consultants who can help manage that change
  • Culture is hindered because of the values believed and they way they are practiced
  • We must be able to change the attitude, the values, and the way they are practiced to be able to change the entire organization.

 

View a recording of the afternoon conversation by clicking the play button below:

Be sure to mark your calendars for our next collaboration with ISODC, where we will be talking about how to develop exponential power, happening November 3; click here to register.

What is Social Broadcasting?

“The broadcasting of video, text and pictures directly to an intended audience through social media channels such as facebook, Youtube, Instagram and other channels as opposed to traditional channels such as radio, TV and print.” – StarlightMediaHouse

Social broadcasting is the combination of two direct platform convergences from technology, social media and live broadcasting. This combination of technology and the current ease for the average person to learn the process for creating content using this technology opens up broad possibilities for marketers, performers, production companies, and really anyone with a message that they want to have heard.

Check out this awesome graphic from www.socialbroadcasts.uk, Reading from left to right you can see the progression of content development through a lens of its role/effect and its evolution of focus. In the 21st century, with all of the tools we have to organize, connect socially, and now broadcast you can see that the individual is now in the driver’s seat for the next generation of media content.  So now, with social broadcasting, anyone can be a podcaster or content creator, sharing their stories and creating conversations for their audience.

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One last thing on this graphic, check out the five main points on the right highlighting the benefit of this evolution of integrating social media technology and broadcasting. I took a stab at my own interpretation of them:

  • A platform for engagement and conversations through active listening.
  • Future participation and audience participation can be more important than audience size.
  • Meet them where they are at. A station or studio is not required.
  • We do not have to follow the same rules as traditional “mass media” broadcasters.
  • The technology is evolving. You kind of have to just start and grow from there.

By taking content and broadcasting it on social media, the provider is able to have a direct conversation with their audience or fans. Broadcasting onto social media also helps to get the word out, posting to multiple sites increases your content’s reach, track views, engage with your audience, and increase its shelf life.

At SGE Media Group, we use our consulting process to help organizations hone in the right social broadcast that fits their needs. Restreaming a sports podcast, hosting a live roundtable discussion, or creating a quick promotional commercial for your event are all ways to go live on your page and interact with your audience. We can help make that happen.

Let SGE Media help you create your next virtual engagement event

Whether you are a company that is just getting started, a business that is looking to gain a larger internet presence, or if you are advocating for a cause, we can get you started with creating social broadcasting content for your organization. Also, through our partnership with G1NBC.com, we can work with you to create a new network of local social broadcasters that can quickly disrupt the current state of corporate media.

Example Social Broadcasts

Restream – A branded content provider partners with G1NBC to re-broadcast their live events.  Any individual piece of content (either live or produced). A host will introduce the content, and some audience engagement is incorporated.

Example: G1NBC Restream – We own and manage G1NBC Cuyahoga County. Here is our restream Episode 1 on The Connected Web Series a Cleveland based and filmed crime drama and WOTN Cleveland, a local news broadcast with a unique twist.

NETEX (™)  – Network Exchange.  A simple promotional broadcast for our broadcast partners, content providers, and Your Local Hometown businesses. Longer than the typical commercial, we interview you in order to learn more about your event, organization, or upcoming promotion.

Example:  A media sponsorship for One World Day – Cleveland featuring information about the event and interviews with several representatives from the event committee.

Fancast – A group of fans who want to talk about their favorite team or subject.  Great for individuals and organizations that are just getting started with live broadcasting.  Live participation and chat with the audience is incorporated.

Example: This is a social broadcast that I created for my Cleveland Browns fans. The fans that want to talk live come into a video conference room and then we broadcast live on either facebook or you tube, giving the audience an ability to interact live via chat, sending comments, or join on camera.  This is our ninth episode of the “It’s Better with Hue – Browns Fancast”

Virtual Roundtable – Your team broadcasts a show based on a specific topic, series of topics, or show concept.  Several individuals can be on the call at the same time. Great for having an engaging conversation about the topic and interact with your audience in real time.

Example: We produced a virtual roundtable for the Global Engagement Network on the topic of Civil Rights in the 21st Century. We conducted a panel discussion with breakout groups using video conference technology and broadcast this live to their you tube channel.  Good demonstration of live audience engagement on two platforms simultaneously.

With any of our production options, you can include:
Branded hosting of your organization/event;
Production support and delivery of content;
Personalized and private design of your broadcasts

We Meet You Where You Are

We use video conference technology to bring people together to design and produce the program. People are bound by their bandwidth, not by their location. The topics can be worldly, local, focused, scattered, professional, indie, good, bad or otherwise. We meet online and work with you to design your creative broadcast idea to the web.

Contact Us today to talk about a social broadcast option that fits your needs or to learn more about G1NBC.com and creating media for a changing world.

“Social broadcasting is about engaging people in conversation – in fact when we broadcast, I can see in real time how many people are watching, I can answer questions and post broadcast, I can promote streamed content – if I choose to – for even greater reach.” Pete Ward – YourFix.tv

Join us Oct. 3rd for An Exploratory Conversation of how culture impacts you and your work

Join us as we partner with ISODC and NEXUS4change, for a dynamic dialog designed to help you: gain a fuller understanding of culture, specifically what it means to you and to your work; and to further explore related questions that will help us become more aware and effective in our endeavors.

Join the conversation on Tuesday, October 3, at either 9AM or 4PM Eastern. See below to register!

Culture means many different things to each of us. To some, it can refer to how we accommodate and engage other cultures in our work. Sometimes, culture can refer to the way that we act as a company, E.G., a culture of collaboration. Some of us may be trying to better understand how cultural differences impact the work that we are trying to do each day; while others, may just want to explore how differences in culture can drive unique situations or flourishing results.

Join Jerry Glover and Roland Livingston, two notable colleagues when it comes to culture,  as they help us set the stage for a great dialog leaving you with more insight into:

  • What culture means to you as a change leader and in your work;
  • How other change leaders are embracing culture in their work each day; and,
  • Answers to those relevant questions about culture that will help you become more effective as an agent of change.

Bring your topics, questions, and ideas and let’s create a give-and-take that helps us all leave with something valuable to make our work more successful.

A big thank you to our partners on the ISODC Collaboration Roundtable Series

 

Join us Aug 1 for the ISODC Roundtable: Facilitating More Productive, Efficient, and Purposeful Meetings – A Dialog & Learning Session

S & G Endeavors is excited to host the next ISODC Roundtable on August 1, at both 9AM and 4PM Eastern.

Our purpose with the virtual dialog is to bring participants together to collaborate and learn from each other so that we can facilitate meetings that are more productive, efficient, and purposeful.

  • We’ll begin with a quick overview of tips from Jeremy Grandstaff, one of our S&G Consultants who has facilitated hundreds of virtual dialogs, ranging in purpose, topic, and number of participants.
  • Next, we’ll open the space for participants to learn and share with each other by identifying questions that we can dig further into on the call. We’ll breakout to discuss and report back to the whole on what we’ve learned throughout the dialog.
  • Though this dialog will focus on virtual meetings, the concepts discussed will inform your in-person meeting design as well.

So bring your questions and join the dialog. You don’t need to register, you just need to show up. See below for all the details and please spread the word.

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The ISODC Roundtable: Facilitating More Productive, Efficient, and Purposeful Meetings-A dialog and Learning Session

When: Tuesday, August 1, either join at 9AM or 4PM Eastern (1.5 hours)

How to join: We’ll meet virtually via Zoom. You can either join via your computer, or directly from your phone, or both if you like. See below for the information:

 

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday. Contact office@sgendeavors.com with any questions.

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Making the Most of your Virtual Meeting

screen shot from MaestroConference.comIn the world of Organizational Development, engaging the largest number of interested parties in your change effort or new program is going to give you the most well-rounded, expansive feedback possible. Sometimes engaging the highest number of stakeholders is just not feasible in a live, in-person setting. When this is the case, we can turn to technology to bridge the gaps, and bring people into an engaging virtual conversation. Programs like Zoom or MaestroConference, are great free to low-cost options to keep participants engaged and provide opportunities for everyone to share their ideas. While virtual meetings can provide certain challenges, S & G Endeavors can show you how to overcome these problems and make your meetings a success.

When we move out of the world of in-person collaboration and into the virtual world, there are always going to be technical issues. Bad connections and background noise can be two of the more frustrating tech issues you will face in your virtual environment. For important meetings, clearly recommend to all parties that they join with a hardline connection to the internet. This will remove any chance of weak wi-fi connections, and keep a nice flow to your meeting.  Here are some other considerations to address when planning for a productive online meeting.

  • Background noise can be just as harmful to keeping a nice rhythm and pace to your sessions. Environmental noise, feedback or echo can be avoided by asking all participants to use headphones, as well as muting their microphone when not speaking.
  • Promotion and ensuring high attendance might be some non-tech struggle you face when planning your virtual meeting. Using polls to find the best date and time to schedule your meeting allows potential participants to share their availability for your proposed scheduling times. Send calendar invites and reminder emails to participants as your meeting nears to help ensure that participants make it on the scheduled date and time. Send out a clear agenda and prep materials (If there are any) so that individuals can come in prepared.
  • Properly facilitating your virtual meeting can be a challenge, in itself. The every-day distractions of work or home life can make keeping participants interested and engaged much more difficult than having everyone together in a conference room. To get the most feedback from your participants, you need to be able to hear from as many people as possible. Monitor the flow of your meeting. Keep conversations moving, and recognize when progress on a certain topic stops being made. Make an effort to involve as many participants as you can by suggesting that answers or feedback be kept brief and to the point. Certain web conferencing programs, like Zoom or MaestroConference, offer the feature of “break-out groups”. This allows you to move participants into smaller groups to discuss topics further. These small groups allow more time for each participant to share, and give you more valuable feedback.

Virtual meetings can be a valuable tool in developing your organization, providing you with a broad reach of participants, and tools to gain the most from your meeting. They can save you time, money, and energy compared to in person conferences or seminars, and with the proper technique, can be just as, or even more effective.

Facilitation of a virtual meeting requires a balance of when to lead the conversation, and when to step back. As a facilitator, speaking for too long can disengage participants quickly. Long presentations or webinar type meetings can be especially difficult to keep people engaged throughout, without the captivation of a live speaker.

We find these virtual meetings to be much more engaging than simple telephone conference calls. With audio and video as part of the meeting, eye contact is possible (for those who do not have visual impairments).  As process facilitators, S & G Endeavors will put your organization’s leaders in the best position to succeed in ensuring the largest number of participants will attend your meetings.

For more information on holding successful virtual meetings, check out the paper written by our own Jeremy Grandstaff and John Spalding here. To learn more about the types of consulting and facilitation we do here at S & G Endeavors, or to contact us to facilitate your virtual meetings, visit us at www.sgendeavors.com

 

 

Summer Reading List: Level Up!

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Summer Reading

Well, it’s hot today in both Washington, D.C. and Portland, Oregon (not so sunny in Cleveland, though), so we thought we cook up a list of Summer Reading from our consultant team in order to give our clients and colleagues some insight into what guides our work with you. I’ve organized the list into two categories: books for individual or organizational change for leaders and executives and books for people interested in learning about deeper “whole scale change” for larger transformation.

We’ve linked to sites directly managed by the author when possible. So, check it out, leave your comments on FB with which ones you liked and ones we should add to the list from your own perspective. Hope your summer brings you the change you want to create.

Leadership and Growth Books

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Picture It!

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Picture it! A man, who is blind and has a Seeing Eye Dog, is crossing the street at a busy intersection in downtown Toronto. The blind guy begins to cross the street and has to walk out around two cars blocking the turning lane. A person sees the blind guy, yells out to him “Oh, my God, do you need some help. Oh, my God, you poor thing.”

As she is yelling at the blind man, she also runs toward the blind man and his dog, causing his dog to back up to avoid her (as she is trying to grab the dog), creating yet another obstacle in the middle of the street for the dog to tackle in addition to the several cars and pedestrians.

The blind guy says quickly and directly, “Ma’am, oh my God, do not touch the dog when he is working, especially in the street.”

She says back, “Well, which way are you trying to go, that way or this way,” pointing each direction out and awaiting the blind man to answer her question.

“Ma’am, I honestly can’t have this conversation in the middle of the street, thank you,” says the blind guy as he tries to focus his dog to complete the crossing.

As the blind man stops on the corner to regroup, the lady walks passed him with her friend saying, “Do you believe that; I’m just trying to be helpful. How rude; see John it’s like I told you, you try to help them and they’re rude to you and if you don’t help then you aren’t doing enough. Just another grouchy person with a disability that we’re paying for.”

The blind man, me, chooses to not engage and to just let it go.

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