Getting to Better

Welcome to Getting to Better, our blog for stories, insights, and industry trends surrounding social innovation, capacity building, design thinking, and human-centred design.

5 Steps to Intentional Impact

Posted by Sarah Martin

“If you do not set a conscious intention, your default intention will win”— in her book, Contagious Culture, Anese Cavanaugh talks about how to show up, set the tone, and have the kind of impact you want to have on the people around you and in your organization.

It’s one thing to have good intentions and it’s another thing entirely to have the impact you want to have. When we are inundated with day-to-day tasks, hopping from one meeting to the next, or when suddenly we find ourselves having to work in new creative ways—

it becomes increasingly difficult to show up, be present, and be intentional about our impact.

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Tags: Facilitation, Collaboration, Productive Meetings, Remote Working

7 Ideas for Remote Engagement

Posted by Sarah Martin

The future of work is here! There is no time like the present to think about how we can adapt our working styles to meet the current realities of social distancing. Problems need solutions and it’s more important than ever to engage stakeholders with empathy and curiosity. Remote engagement methods help us work together to find solutions and move our work forward. 

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Tags: Productive Meetings, Engagement Planning, Stakeholder Engagement, Remote Working

Our Tips for Remote Facilitation

Posted by Steve Krysak

With more organizations and individuals working from home, teams are turning to remote methods to have discussions and come to a consensus. At Overlap, we’ve been running facilitations with clients both in-person and online for years, and have a few ideas you can implement in your next meeting to help you ensure success. 

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Tags: Facilitation, Collaboration, Productive Meetings, Remote Working

Overlap Training Can Help You With These 5 Goals in 2020

Posted by Kyrie Vala-Webb

January to March are often filled with planning, budget reconciling or approval, and goal-setting. Whether you’re starting a new year, or wrapping up the last one, it’s a great time to think about what you’re aiming to accomplish at work, and how you’re going to get there.

Learning a new set of skills and tools is usually an important step in accomplishing something new, by yourself or with your team. At Overlap, our mission is to democratize design, so it’s no surprise that we’d recommend training about human-centred design and creative collaboration—we know these tools and mindsets are highly effective in many different contexts. We also know that our training helps people achieve goals that they didn’t expect.

Here are 5 goals our training will help you accomplish in 2020. You can also find out more about our training options on Overlap’s Training landing page, or look at our upcoming training dates at our Kitchener studio

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Tags: Human-centred Design, Ideation, Overlap, Creativity, Training, 2020 Goals, Productive Meetings, Feedback