Leading Teams: Conflict for Innovation and Change” by Carolann Wolfgang, Marilyn Monda and Lukas Cap.
The Human Development and Leadership Division is one of those divisions that I don’t get. Not because I disagree with the content, it’s just I don’t get what makes it different from the Quality Management or Team Excellence Divisions. This presentation by three of the member leaders didn’t make that any easier.
This workshop was an attempt to blend a few concepts, such as powerful questions, human explorers and curiosity types together and build a tool kit for team excellence. As such it wore its source material on it’s sleeves and skipped a few spots. A few specific observations:
- The powerful questions are good
- Why does this [point] matter to you?
- What outcome would make it a success for you?
- Is the way you think about the conflict useful, realistic or accurate?
- What events or choices led to this conflict?
- What other courses of action can you think of?
- What if this obstacle was removed?
- What is behind that thought, resistance or idea?
- What are the priorities right now, in this conflict?
- Using the Five Dimensions of Curiosity is very interesting. I think it can benefit from more thought on problems and how different curiosities lend themselves to different types of problems.
“System Transformation – Your role as a Lean Leader” by Erin Christiaens and Jaret Moch.
Super high level review of lean transformations and lean leadership. I find these workshops valuable to check-in against and hear what people are saying. Plus the rest of the 3 pm workshops didn’t engage me.
Focused almost exclusively on lean leadership standard work. Gave a few nice templates, and I do like workshops that give templates.
It is fascinating to hear people on different levels of the lean journey, or frankly any quality culture transformation. It is one of my favorite parts of attending conferences.
Afternoon Keynote – Tricia Wang
Praising statistical analysis at a quality conference is a good crowd pleaser. Way to bond with the audience.