Andrew is passionate about communications and making connections. As an actor, playwright, singer, song writer and over all performance enthusiast, Andrew has learned the importance of effective communication in the social environment. A graduate of UCT, he has a Bachelor of Arts double major in Drama and Media&Writing. He has always found himself at home on the stage, be it theatre or music. He has also had a keen interest in the behind the scenes occupations of writing and directing. At school level he was awarded Best Script two years running as well as Most Versatile Actor and overall Drama Honours. The psychology behind performance and how that applies both to stage and interpersonal interaction is focal point for Andrew and formed key aspects of his studies.
"There's no such thing as a social media strategy, only a good business strategy that is aware of networks"
Carl Spies is seasoned social business strategist, a complex multidisciplinary approach emerging from social online networks that seek to help leading brands extract real value from social media/network trends and technologies to engage customers beyond the corporate firewall, and mine social capital behind it.
He has spent the last six years establishing himself as a thought leader in systems thinking and social business design while working with clients ranging from Standard Bank, Vodacom and South African Breweries to eBucks, Microsoft and Samsung.
Carl is recognised as an accomplished provocative facilitator and technical consultant having advised many organisations in South and West Africa, coordinated top-level community events and addressed national and international groups on a wide range of critical social business topics. He is well a seasoned design thinker with broad insights at the intersections of social science, online community development and value innovation using proven network effects.
ABSA - A shared services strategy network which refined and cascaded department strategies online.
FNB - Learner management system for the Institute of Extreme Customer Service.
Hollard Insurance - Hollardtopia - Social Intranet
Kelly Personnel - Social Intranet
Microsoft - Ideation Platform to crowd-source ideas from the community.
RMB - Internal platform to query and collaborate on scaling the internal culture after rapid expansion.
SAB - Learning collaboration platform.
Standard Bank - Blue Connection - the core social intranet (including gaming elements to increase adoption).
Telesure - Let's Connect pilots platforms.
(and external social community platforms for :Converse, Toyota, eBucks and Samsung)
Social Software: Acquia Commons (Drupal)
Microcontent: SocialCast, Twitter, Yammer
Social Networks: Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, SocialText
Media: Flickr, Youtube, Last.fm, GetGlue
2. Knowledge and Skills
Relevant Models he is trained in:
SCRUM: Agile Product Development + Project Management
Cognitive Edge: Complex Adaptive Social Systems - Sensemaking using Cynefin.
User Experience Design - Flow Interactive.
NeuroSematnics - linguistic and cognitive models of user experience.
LAB - language and behaviour profiling (to develop archetypes from the network members).
VizThink - Dave GrayCynefin - Dave Snowden - Complex Adaptive Systems - Sensemaking
Biomatrix - Organisational Change using network effects and systems-thinking.
StrateX - designing execution strategies and developing channels to cascade them throughout the workforce.
Spiral Economics - a model based on the Claire Graves research - exploring the dynamics of value creation from individuals to the entire stakeholder ecosystem.
Training Courses Developed:
IXCS 3 Day Intensive - WesBank - Customer Service
A 3 Day MBA in Social Business (for Terrapin) - covering B2B, B2C social network concepts and tools.
3. Services Offered
Rapid Prototyping of Social Networks - with rapid feedback and agile metrics.
Workscapes - performance support social networks (incorporating informal learning)
User Experience Mapping - Designing network elements to fit staff profiles.
Lunch 'n Learn Sessions - from frontline to C-suite level audiences - succint explorations of current social business elements e.g. #SoMoLo
Intrapreneur Sessions - designed to build capacity with internal teams to rapidly identify, design and test social network initiatives.
Mari Eagar hired Carl as a Social Collaboration Strategy Consultant in 2010/11:
"Carl Spies combines strategic thinking with design thinking to create a unique approach in social business design. He implements strategic initiatives using a people centric and collaborative approach, which ensures successful change in peopleâ€™s behavior to support the implementation thereof. Carlâ€™s work is based on deep research of theory as well as significant experience in social technologies, therefore making his solutions robust, credible and implementable.
An example of his strategic contributions and social design thinking skills can be seen with the openaxyz method and toolset where Carl contributed to the original conceptual design which was focused on the application of design thinking in the strategy domain. He also visualised and developed architecture foundations in openaxyz such as the social group module and the visualisation features, making the product unique in the market place. He is able to move other peopleâ€™s ideas into unique, differentiating insights and innovation."
-Mari Eagar CA - M Phil Leadership (cum laude) and Member of the Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business.
Kerrin is the HR and Operations Manager at Leading Training and is passionate about learning and personal growth. She has a BA (HDip) Ed from Wits University with majors in English and Psychology and has experience teaching English at high school level and extensive experience in training and managing.
She loves dealing with people and the general well-being of the staff and delegates is her primary concern. She also facilitates soft-skills courses in HR, leadership and instructional design.
She is a qualified SDF (Skills Development Facilitator), having completed the UNISA Certificate in Skills Development Facilitation in 2015 with distinction. She is registered as an HR generalist with the SA Board for People Practices (membership no. 42866985). She, together with a team of professional facilitators, project manages agile customised training interventions for Leading Training clients. Their services range from training material development incliuding accredited and online learning, to high-impact facilitated interventions that result in organizational change and team growth.
She is accredited as a Level 1 Cultural Intelligence Facilitator with The Cultural Intelligence Center, has completed the Wits online Instructional Design course in 2017 and is a Certified ScrumMaster® through Scrum Alliance. Kerrin is a dynamic facilitator who consistently gets excellent reviews for the training she conducts.
Lawrence is a Sales Manager and Training instructor at Leading Edge Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd since April 2008 and has been a technical instructor since 2004. Lawrence combines technical knowledge with good communications skills and consistently receives enthusiastic reviews from his students. Lawrence has trained in all 9 provinces of South Africa as well as in the DRC, Botswana, and Swaziland.
Operating Systems and Application Software Windows 95 – Windows 10, Office 97/2000/XP/2003/2007/2010/2013/2016 Linux PowerBI Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Project, Visio, Microsoft Excel Dashboards Open /Libre Office Writer, Calc, Impress, Base Thunderbird Google Apps Gimp, Scribus Wordpress and Joomla Content Management Systems Soft skills / Business Skills Selling, Presentation, Communication, Time Management & Anger Management.
Certified Certified Technical Trainer (Ctt+) N5 Electrical Engineering Installation Liaison Officer (Telecommunication) Business Communication Entrepreneurship Microsoft Office Specialist, Word, Excel, PowerPoint ICDL Network+ I-Net+Hardware and Networking from City & Guilds of London IC3 Google AdWords Google Analytics
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Course Outline / Curriculum
You will spend the first part of the day getting to know participants and discussing what will take place during the workshop. Students will also have an opportunity to identify their personal learning objectives.
Participants will explore the differences between instruction, facilitation, and management in small and large groups.
What is a Facilitator?
Through a lecture, participants will learn about the history of facilitation, some key skills, the levels of facilitation, and the facilitation process.
Content and Process
It is very important for facilitators to understand the differences between content and process, as they have a different role in each element. These concepts will be explored in a large group discussion.
During this session, participants will learn about team norms and set some for themselves to guide the rest of the workshop.
Types of Thinking
This session will explore divergent thinking, convergent thinking, the groan zone, and multi-voting tools through a lecture and a large group exercise.
Facilitators are often asked for their help when a group has a controversial issue to deal with. In this session we will learn about a tool that can help participants facilitate these types of issues: the gradient of agreement.
A key part of the facilitator's toolbox is communication skills. We will discuss how to ask good questions, how to actively listen, how to use non-verbal messages, and how to listen for common ground.
Common Facilitation Techniques
We will spend several hours looking at twenty techniques that facilitators often use. First we will explore these techniques through lecture, and then participants will role play the techniques in front of the large group.
Giving and receiving feedback is an important part of facilitation. We will look at both elements during this session.
Dealing with Difficult Dynamics
Participants will work in small groups to complete a mix-and-match exercise on difficult people and how to manage them.
As a facilitator, you want to make sure that all points of view have been considered, so that when an agreement is reached, it is one that everyone is happy with. During this session we will look at the components of a sustainable agreement/
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