Facilitation Design and Delivery

What key skill helps a project get back on track? And what same skill motivates an individual or brings clarity to strategy?

This key skill is that of questioning … the ability to ask the most effective question to achieve a desired outcome. It’s a key skill of any leader wanting to draw out, identify, integrate, listen, create and bring focus to what matters. A skill that helps craft and share those stories that best communicate how you want to be known.

It is also a skill that brings competitive value within an environment dominated by automation, robotics, technological disruptions and many other emergents. For the skill of asking questions is fundamental to identifying and strengthening those qualities which remain distinctly human.

On the value of questions

If you do not know how to ask the right question, you discover nothing. W. Edwards Deming

It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question. Eugene Ionesco

Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers. Tony Robbins

The power to question is the basis of all human progress. Indira Gandhi

Free e-copy of my latest book

My latest book provides the strategies and techniques to empower teams needing to solve problems, create opportunities and improve collaboration. If you’d like a free copy just drop me a note and I’ll send you the link. Or order a paperback copy through the Lulu online store.

John’s really nailed the pathway to effective teams in this book by marrying team building, problem solving and creative thinking techniques with the human elements that come into play with any change process. Rarely have I found so much value-add and essential reading in the one place! – Phil Preston, Shared Value Expert

The most important activity for any team is creating and executing projects that matter. This book provides a powerful framework where teams can come together and create such projects. Peter Cook, cofounder of Thought Leaders Business School

Posts and Musings

The stories we live by

The often entertaining, enlightening and enriching world of stories. We love to be part of them. We love to hear and share them. And we learn through them. Whether in prose, song, poetry, fine art or dance their variety of form helps ensure there is a taste for all of...

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Yes but! … can get a bad rap!

Next time you're in a meeting or within a conversation listen to how many times 'yes but' is used. It will typically be the context of a person 'agreeing' with part of what has just been said whilst then putting forward an alternative perspective. As examples: That's...

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Music as a mentor

Music as a mentor In amongst the suite of opportunities to help better our performance are the services of a mentor and coach. People who are wise in process more so than in content, and who help guide, reflect and share lessons to focus and accelerate our learning....

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Recent Projects

Reflections on my work through the words of others

John’s collaborative approach is a valuable part of the workshop planning process and his outstanding skills as a facilitator ensure that desired outcomes are consistently achieved. Katrina Jones - Australian National Maritime Museum

John is an excellent facilitator and has the amazing ability to get a group thinking along new lines and feeling enthusiastic about doing so in as little as ten minutes. His creative thinking workshops will energize and enhance the effectiveness of boards and executive teams. His conference presentations are unique and valuable. Julie Garland McLellan - Professional Non-Executive Director - Practical Board Advisor

The feedback we received was that they loved the knowledge, passion and commitment of the trainer. A sceptical participant said “it was better than I thought it would be and John was great”! Carole Betts - NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

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