Hello folks and welcome to vlog ten and my first vlog of 2018, even though it’s March already. I’ve been incredibly lazy, but welcome and I am looking to continue this series of vlogs into 2018 and welcome along to the journey.

So, today is about giving you a gift. I want to talk about a tool that I’ve used a lot over the last couple of years with clients and it’s been really useful for me and it’s never failed to be useful for the clients I’m using it for as well. It comes from a book that I really like, called ‘Game Storming’ it was recommended to me by my brother Rob Walsh and it’s written by Gray, Brown and Macanufo, I think I’ve got that right; Gray, Brown and Macanufo, it’s called ‘Game Storming’ and it’s full of loads of great tips for facilitators and people who want to lead meetings, lead organisational change and do it with fun, do it with games.

So, I’m going to talk you through the tool and I’m also going to show you visually how to the tool works, so I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve for that.

The tool is basically to use a metaphor. So we use the metaphor of an aeroplane and to do this I need someone in the group to draw me (because I am terrible at drawing) to draw me a large aeroplane on the wall. And, once we have the large aeroplane, I attach some questions to the aeroplane. So the first question is normally at the rear of the aeroplane, saying kind of, ‘where are we now?’ Or ‘what’s the current situation that we’re in?’ You know, ‘what’s the take-off point for the session?’ Getting people to talk about that and to share their ideas about that is a really useful thing to do, a useful discussion to have to make sure we are all on the same page. I like doing it with post-its so people don’t have to share it in discussion, let’s just put it up there. We can discuss it later, but in order get people to really put their true thoughts on there, no pressure, just write it on a post-it and stick it on the wall, stick it on the aeroplane picture.

The second question is always about ‘where are we going?’ ‘Where are we heading for?’ So it’s all about the destination, that could be a desired destination or it could be a told destination, ‘this is where we need to go as an organisation’, it depends on kind of, the level of seniority and the culture of the business that you’re using it in, but it’s useful either way to get everyone to agree on where we’re going.

The third question is ‘who’s on board?’ So we look through the portholes and see who are the passengers? ‘Who’s on board who needs to be on board with this?’ So,’ who’s effected by this?’ It really gets people to think about the people and therefore the communication and therefore the kind of meetings that need to be had around it, it’s really useful to get them to really define that and to understand all the stakeholders involved.

Fourth, we get them to think about the fuel, ‘what’s the resources that are needed in order to move us forward?’ Once they are really thinking about resources, they are not just getting tied into money, but also thinking about other resources that they’ve got that can be used to make this successful journey, this successful change.

We also get them to think about the cockpit. ‘What navigational tools do we need?’ ‘What measures to we need to know that we are steering in the right direction?’ ‘When we’re halfway along the journey, how will we know that we are going to hit our destination perfectly?’

So, it’s a typical kind of metaphor for you to use, in any kind of team meeting or anything where you’re leading change in an organisation. Get a group of people together, go through the metaphor of the aeroplane, with the five questions and I’m sure you’ll have a good, fun session.

Thank you very much.