‘Changing the Game’
e-news for Change Agents everywhere
1. The ‘Change
Professional Development Courses for ‘Change Agents’
July – Sept 2005
Change Agent 101 – Dynamic Meetings & Workshops
Social and Environmental Responsibility
Contact: Greg Jenkins P: 02 9874 0418 M: 0418 486 501
More than 40 change agents attended this session hosted by Department of State and Regional Development Monday July 4 2005 at North Parramatta
It was so successful that we have been invited to repeat the session in October.
To see a photo gallery and outputs from the workshop go to http://www.tincanlearning.com/TinCAN_Community.htm
Extract from “The phluff factor” by Luke Collins in the Financial Review BOSS magazine, 8th July 2005.
PowerPoint is more ubiquitous than ever in today’s workplaces. Microsoft estimates that about 30 million PowerPoint presentations are made every day with over 400 million users of the software globally. Now that’s a lot of mind-numbing presentations. Has this tool and other technological advances really helped us to communicate more effectively?
Yale University Professor Edward Tufte is not a fan of Microsoft’s PowerPoint software which he declares is so “stupid” and “evil” that no “serious person” would use it. PowerPoint can turn good communicators into “droning commentators”.
Tufte compares PowerPoint to a designer drug with serious side effects such as: making us stupid, degrading the quality and credibility of our communication, turning us into bores and wasting our colleagues’ time.
We have become so reliant on PowerPoint, that it has become a costly expense to companies. One example mentioned in the article was when NASA’s Columbia Investigation Board was forced to endure several PowerPoint sessions, which failed to address vital information which should have been investigated prior to the ill-fated space shuttle Columbia crash.
Another example is when the audience has broken into spontaneous applause not when PowerPoint presentations begin, but when the equipment fails.
We at TinCAN agree whole heartedly with the author. All our programs are PowerPoint-free zones which enables maximum cross-pollination learning and engagement.
Read the full text http://www.afrboss.com.au/magarticle.asp?doc_id=24773&listed_months=1
Fast Company Magazine April/May 1996. Has anything changed since 1996?
The seven sins of deadly meetings
§ People don't take meetings seriously
§ Meetings are too long
§ People wander off the topic
§ Nothing happens after the meeting - no action
§ People don't tell the truth
§ People aren't prepared for meetings -critical data missing
§ Meetings never seem to improve
Read the full text http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/02/meetings.html
Action Learning Research (ALARPM) http://www.alarpm.org.au/
AFN Annual Conference Perth WA November 2005: http://www.facilitatorconf2005.org/
Appreciative Inquiry Commons http://appreciativeinquiry.cwru.edu/
Australasian Facilitators Network email list (AFN-L): http://lists.scu.edu.au/mailman/listinfo/afn-l
Asia Facilitators Network http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/AsiaFacilitatorsNetwork_Announcements/
Change Management Toolbook www.change-management-toolbook.com
Groupwork Institute of Australia http://www.groupwork.com.au/
IAF Asia Conference Malaysia 11-13 August 2005 www.facilitatorsmalaysia.org
International Coach Federation (ICF) Sydney Chapter firstname.lastname@example.org
Intl Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) Syd Chapter http://www.ispisydney.org.au/
OD Australia http://www.odaustralia.org/pageview.php3?page=home
Small Business NSW (DSRD) www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au
Society for Organisational Learning Australia (SOLA) http://www.solaustralia.org/
The Facilitators Network (Sydney) Email email@example.com
UWS School of Social Ecology http://handbook.uws.edu.au/hbook/course.asp?course=1579
Victorian Facilitators Network Ed Mckinley firstname.lastname@example.org
The World Café http://www.theworldcafe.com/