Category: Culture

How to start meetings on time

2 September 2015 0

I’m asked this question a lot. Meetings start late, and run over time. It becomes the norm, expected even. Everyone knows, and everyone compensates in their own way – generally turning up late. It becomes part of the way the organisation operates. If this is true for your organisation, or your group, there’s an easy…

By Viv McWaters

How to do more of what works

15 October 2014 0

Funny how things come together sometimes – an online course about decision-making in complexity and uncertainty, a book about being an astronaut, a workshop on social labs, and an exhibition on making animated movies. I didn’t plan it this way, it just happened, and now I have something to write about. I’m reading Chris Hadfield’s…

By Viv McWaters

Language matters

24 September 2014 0

It matters more than you think. The language we use reveals a lot. The language I use as a facilitator reveals a lot about me (so much so that Sascha Rixon did a whole PhD on facilitation language) and the language you use can be like an open door, welcoming me into your world, or…

By Viv McWaters

Listen up. R U OK?

10 September 2012 0

Some of us are better at noticing than others. Facilitators get a lot of practice at noticing. Noticing is not the same as knowing. I might notice someone frowning, but that doesn’t mean I know the reason why. I need to ask, and there needs to be enough trust for the person to answer honestly.…

By Viv McWaters

Hi. Why do you do what you do?

7 April 2012 0

Imagine if this is what we said to each other when we met for the first time? Imagine if we were able to answer the why, instead of defaulting to what? My friend Andrew Suttar has been exploring this and sharing it around The Hub in Melbourne. I’m thankful to him for challenging my thinking.…

By Viv McWaters

Good advice

31 August 2011 0

Two things caught me eye in the newspaper this week. Sarah Wilson was writing about trusting the process. She was referring to the creative process – the sometimes messy, unconnected, seemingly random process that we go through when being creative. The secret? Just start. Good advice. And the other was an interview with Eva Cox,…

By Viv McWaters