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Kevin E. O’Connor

Your Team-Building Exercises May Not Be Creating a Team

By Kevin E. O’Connor Team leaders have a perennial dilemma: how can we educate, engage and develop our group in a substantial way that helps the team become better? “Team-building” is often seen as the fun add-on to a meeting devoted to science, sales figures and quarterly goals. These can include a ropes course, golf […]

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Avoid Canned Speeches: Grow Facilitation Organically

By Kevin E. O’Connor Farmers and chefs know that we love to eat foods described as “organic,” because we know it means natural, pure and without pesticides. Most people have never seen advertisements for an “organic meeting” or one featuring an “artificial speaker,” yet meeting attendees will tell you that interactive games feel “stale,” group […]

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Keys to Peer Leadership: An Unlikely Source

By Kevin E. O’Connor As a small business CEO observed a window washer at the Atlanta airport one day, she asked what she thought to be a straightforward question, “What’s the secret to window washing?” “No secret, ma’am,” the window cleaner said as he continued working. “I just focus on keeping on with my tools […]

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Memorable Presentations Require You To THINK

By Kevin E. O’Connor Too many presenters say things like: “I know you can’t read this but…” “This is pretty dull stuff so I’ll try to get through it quickly.” “You may be bored by my presentation today but it is really important.” “Let me tell you a funny joke.” “I know you are out […]