Before I joined Tait four years ago, I spent most of my career working directly with youth. My very first job was working as an anger management counselor in New York City. I spent my days working with teenagers and young adults, individually and in groups, trying to teach them how to “control” their anger.
As a professional facilitator and communicator, I am fascinated by questions. I spend a lot of time thinking about what makes a good question—and how a good question can lead to a great answer. I am particularly interested in how to make the most of the potential the right kinds of questions can create through dialogue.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “conflict”?
I used to think of conflict in the way of argument, fighting, disagreement and frustration. Most people would probably agree. But this all changed when I witnessed the power of good facilitation in resolving conflict.
Social media and Instagram: it’s not just a passing fad
Aug 12, 2014
Today, most people are familiar with the benefits of using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to promote their businesses, but have you ever considered adding Instagram to the mix?
Instagram is a photo and video sharing service with more that 150 million users. Most of those users are between the ages of 18 and 40, and 70 percent of them log in to the site at least once a day.
Even though the service is already four years old, it’s still growing, and has attracted a lot of trend influencers. If your organization has plenty of photos to share, getting involved in Instagram might be good for business.
One of the best parts about working at Tait is the monthly home-made staff lunches! This month’s theme was, of course, IRISH!! We had Irish Stew, Colcannon, Irish coffee and Guinness Cake - which were all AMAZING!
I am getting excited about attending the International Association of Facilitators North American conference in April. Perusing the program made me think about how much I want to help build a culture of facilitation in the NWT. It would be transformative for our territory if people automatically thought about using facilitation techniques to create dialogue, solve problems and develop plans. I am amazed how often I facilitate and groups tell me… “Wow, I have never done anything like this before.
Over the past four years, I have had the opportunity to travel around the territory a lot with our former resident photographer Kelsey Magill. Below is a photo of us at De Beers Snap Lake Mine in 2011, waiting for our flight to pick us up. It was a long day as we waited for the weather to clear up over Snap Lake Mine.
Better Brainstorming (as inspired by HOW Magazine)
Jan 16, 2014
Last week I picked up the latest copy of HOW magazine at a local shop, and was really inspired by an article on brainstorming. The article was called “8 Ways to Brainstorm Better” and was written by Bryn Mooth, and let me tell you, it was kind of an eye-opener.
As a professional designer and filmmaker, the stage of idea generation is (I would say) the most important part of any creative work I do. But until now, I’ve been probably doing it the same way as everybody else, casual, unsystematic and probably wrong, to be honest.