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Why so many workshops fail

Why so many workshops fail

We’ve all been in a workshop, working session, or even meeting that was a waste of time. One of the most common pitfalls I see in workshops that “don’t work” is that they don’t end with a *commitment*. Without a clear commitment or decision, no action can be taken....

What time of day are you most creative?

What time of day are you most creative?

I am NOT a morning person. I regularly tell my husband I can't be held accountable for anything I say before food and coffee. So help me god, there is no way to make me more grumpy than to ask me a question before I've eaten.So when, in the book I'm reading about the...

Top benefits of sticky note activities

Top benefits of sticky note activities

If you’ve never done it before, writing ideas down on sticky notes and then putting them up on a wall can feel not only uncomfortable, but also like a waste of time. Even I was dubious of this way of working the first time I was introduced to it. Why not just say...

Case Study: WGI Team Building Workshop

Case Study: WGI Team Building Workshop

It was my immense pleasure to spend the morning with this fun and engaged group of MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) engineers. One of my favorite things about facilitating workshops is that the problems that teams face and the principles to addressing those...

How many hours a day can you be creative?

How many hours a day can you be creative?

For the first time in my professional career*, I'm not being paid a flat salary regardless of how many hours I work. As a consultant and business owner, my time is much more directly related to how much money I make. And so for the first time in my life, I am...

Why I started my own business & changed careers

Why I started my own business & changed careers

During the 2 month sabbatical I took prior to launching my own business, I read a book called “Refuse to Choose! (Use all of your interests, passions, and hobbies to create the life and career of your dreams)” by Barbara Sher. If you know me personally I’m sure you...

Introducing Maria Burke Design

Introducing Maria Burke Design

I'm super excited to share that after a relaxing and rejuvenating summer sabbatical, I am starting my own design strategy business! My mission is to help product teams do more effective, meaningful work (and have fun while we're at it). I’ve spent a decade designing...