XPLANE xBlog visual thinking http://xblog.xplane.com XPLANE http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss en-us Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:11:16 -0700 email@addresshere.com Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:11:16 -0700 Create an Inspiring Meeting with The Hero's Journey Agenda http://xblog.xplane.com/create-an-inspiring-meeting-with-the-heros-journey-agenda/ Organizing a full-day offsite meeting? Leading a two-day summit for your department? Take your team on a journey. Combining The Hero’s Journey (by Joseph Campbell) and the Pie Chart Agenda (by James Macanufo), XPLANE founder Dave Gray’s unique Hero’s Journey Agenda is a great tool for building an effective and energy-filled schedule for your important meetings. Let Dave take you on an epic journey through each of the steps... Behind the Scenes with Design for America: The 2015 Strategic Journey http://xblog.xplane.com/behind-the-scenes-with-design-for-america--the-2015-strategic-journey/ This article was originally written by Design for America's Allison Chen on the Design for America blog.  This year, Design for America has been lucky enough to work with XPLANE, a strategic design consultancy in Portland that applies human-centered design principles to drive organizational performance. One of our wonderful alumni Sara Mesing, who co-founded the Case Western Reserve|Cleveland Institute of Art... Stop Advising. Start Leading. http://xblog.xplane.com/stop-advising-start-leading/ This article was originally published in The Rise of HR. In many organizations, the role of Human Resources leaders has been to advise and counsel other business leaders.  Relationships of deep trust and open communication are built over years of working together, where the HR person and the business person both benefit.  The business leader benefits from having a safe place in which to wrestle with leadership challenges and... Process Problems Aren’t Just About Process http://xblog.xplane.com/process-problems-arent-just-about-process/ Most process problems in organizations today are about people, not machines, assembly lines, or just-in-time inventory strategy. To succeed, companies need to reach beyond traditional process improvement methods.   In most organizations today, where processes break down is with people: Teams are stuck in silos and can’t or won’t collaborate Functional leaders aren’t aligned and are focused on different... Slow Design: XPLANE Amsterdam Takes on Visual Thinking School http://xblog.xplane.com/slow-design--xplane-amsterdam-takes-on-visual-thinking-school/ In a results driven world where efficiency seems to be the highest priority, we work hard with a clear target in mind. After all, time is money, and the clients want to have a concrete outcome as soon as possible. This tendency doesn’t seem to be exclusive for our professional lives but also oozes into our personal day-to-day activities. Think of the apps we have installed on our smartphones to "make our lives easier." How often... Liminal Thinking: The Art of Finding, Creating, and Unlocking Potential http://xblog.xplane.com/liminal-thinking--the-art-of-finding-creating-and-unlocking-potential/ Liminal is Latin for threshold. Literally a threshold is a doorway. But a threshold is also a starting point, the initial stage of a transition from one thing to another, a position on the cusp of change. For example, “We are on the threshold of a new beginning.” A threshold is also a limit or boundary that marks a point of transition between one state and another. For example, something is subliminal when it is below the... Why Your Strategy Activation Fails and Five Questions To Be More Successful http://xblog.xplane.com/why-your-strategy-activation-fails-and-five-questions-to-be-more-successful/ Most companies fail at strategy activation. Why? Well, despite a whole lot of talking, most leaders never clearly articulate what people are trying to accomplish or what motivates employees to come to work. There is little to no connection to the people who need to enact the strategy. The resonance is lost.   It’s not for lack of trying. Most corporations have tools like vision and mission statements, values, a North Star, purpose,... Performance Review Abuse: How HR Policies Might be Hurting Your Employees http://xblog.xplane.com/performance-review-abuse--how-hr-policies-might-be-hurting-your-employees/ Recently, our company changed the way we handle performance reviews. We moved from a documented performance review process to a series of peer-to-peer conversations about core competencies.    The result: Nothing signed, nothing filed.    While helping to develop the program, I was filled with conflicting feelings. Performance reviews are one of those universally hated corporate processes that only seem to produce... The Story of the First Culture Map http://xblog.xplane.com/the-story-of-the-first-culture-map/ Many people have asked me why I am working on something I’ve been calling the Culture Map, a tool for diagnosing, discussing and designing culture change in organizations. To answer that question I need to tell the story of the XPLANE Culture Map, created in 2007. Here it is. XPLANE has grown quite rapidly over the years, and as the founder of the company, one of the things I felt was very, very important... Stop Performance Reviews. Start Conversations. http://xblog.xplane.com/stop-performance-reviews-start-conversations/ I once worked with a manager who had what he felt was a brilliant idea for a new performance review system. He was frustrated with the limited nature of performance reviews and trying to pigeonhole a year’s worth of work into a general numerical score. Instead of “an archaic one-to-five rating scale,” he argued that we needed to move the company to a more targeted 50-point scale, ranging from 1.1 to 5.9. He claimed this allowed...