Mixing Personal Kanban and Cross-Generational Collaboration

In next weeks ASQ Charlotte Section Annual Conference 2013, Quality Conference of the Carolinas, one of the facilitators in our Strength-Based Organizational Change track is Barbara Ivey.  She will facilitate the breakouts on Personal Kanban and Cross-Generational Collaboration.

Personal Kanban is a process popularized by the book, Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life co-authored by Jim Benson and Tonianne DeMaria Barry. Personal Kanban asks only that we visualize our work and limit our work-in-progress. Visualizing work allows us to transform our conceptual and threatening workload into an actionable, context-sensitive flow. Neither a prescription nor a plan, Personal Kanban provides a light, actionable, achievable framework for understanding our work and its context.

Cross-Generational Collaboration is a unique field of study. After listening to Barbara discuss it, I felt it was a must have part of our program. I am not sure there has been a greater disparity between generations than there is at present. From a strength-based focus, there is a great deal of positives. However, how do we funnel these energies and not leave them become issues within our workplace for the next decade? I am hoping, with the mix of people we have, that there will be first-hand interaction among the group. I could not think of a better person than Barbara to handle the conversation.

Below is a video by Gunnar Branson at TEDxNaperville. He touches upon how these generational differences our affecting real estate. This video is a must-watch. Gunnar discusses how Moore’s law of exponential shrinking applies to real estate too. The physical spaces in which we live, work, and play are transforming in front of our eyes and will eventually disrupt every aspect of our physical world and how we live in it.

The Strength-Based Organizational Change session is being hosted by Bob Petruska, author of Gemba Walks for Service Excellence: The Step-by-Step Guide for Identifying Service Delighters, and me. We are using a unique approach that is based on a positive skills framework and a collection of rich and interactive festivities. We have been busy working with the facilitators of the breakouts. Our goal is to harness not only the knowledge of the facilitators but also the actual participants. This will allow us to the collective intelligence of everyone to make this a great event.

The conference is held at UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 East 9th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. It is a one-day event on April 16th with registration beginning at 7:30 AM and the conference from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Additional information and registration can be obtained at http://www.asqcharlotte.org/ASQ/. You are welcomed to register at the door, but each tract is limited to 40 participants. Please check availability.

About ASQ Charlotte Section: The American Society for Quality (ASQ) Charlotte Section’s mission is to create experiential quality development and learning opportunities that add value to our Members, the Business Community, and the Greater Charlotte Community.