Why Is Facilitation Important? – Celebrating International Facilitation Week part 2

Written by Intersol Group In our last post, we talked about six important elements of good facilitation. But why use facilitation at all? What value does it add? First, a definition: “Group facilitation is a process in which a person whose selection is acceptable to all members of the group, who is substantively neutral, and … Read more Why Is Facilitation Important? – Celebrating International Facilitation Week part 2

What is a change readiness assessment, anyway?

Written by Intersol Group As change management professionals, we stress the importance of doing a change readiness assessment at the beginning of a project. But what does that mean, exactly? A change readiness assessment can take many different forms, and be more or less thorough depending on the situation. At the core, its purpose is … Read more What is a change readiness assessment, anyway?

Using Facilitation to Restructure the Organization

Written by Frank Van Gool For some managers, the thought of involving staff in the restructuring of their own organization is ludicrous.  Given the chance, everyone will want to raise the salary and classification of their own jobs and set themselves up to work with their favourite peers! This isn’t entirely a false assumption.  When an … Read more Using Facilitation to Restructure the Organization

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Revisited

Written by Intersol Group If you’re like me, summer is a time for catching up on the business and self-help books you’ve been meaning to read all year. But what do you remember about the books you read last year, let alone the ones you read over a decade ago? Stephen R. Covey’s bestseller – The 7 … Read more The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Revisited

Six Elements of Facilitation – Celebrating International Facilitation Week

Written by Intersol Group This week we’re celebrating the first ever International Facilitation Week, sponsored by the International Association of Facilitators. In honour of the occasion, we’ve put together a couple of blogs on the topic of facilitation. This first one is about what facilitation means, and toward the end of the week we’ll follow … Read more Six Elements of Facilitation – Celebrating International Facilitation Week

Organizational Culture and the 5 Monkeys Experiment

Written by Intersol Group Have you ever heard the story of the 5 Monkeys Experiment? It may sound familiar when you think of your organizational culture. It goes like this: 5 monkeys were placed in a cage as part of an experiment. In the middle of the cage was a ladder with bananas on the top rung. … Read more Organizational Culture and the 5 Monkeys Experiment

7 Steps to Better Horizontal Collaboration

Written by Intersol Group Intersol previously worked with a client group in a large federal government department that was trying to establish better horizontal collaboration across the directorate. Organizational silos are a common challenge for many of our clients. Groups become so involved in their own work and priorities that they neglect to notice what’s … Read more 7 Steps to Better Horizontal Collaboration

Key Challenges of Online Meetings – and Tips for Dealing with Them

Written by Intersol Group As travel budgets get tighter, technology gets better, and we connect more and more across the country and the world, online meetings have become a regular part of doing business. When setting up online meetings, we often make the mistake of treating them the same way as in-person meetings. But online … Read more Key Challenges of Online Meetings – and Tips for Dealing with Them