I was facilitating a full-day Leadership Summit at the Agile Development conference in Orlando in November.
There were ~70 leaders in the room and I wanted to surface their expectations for the summit so that everyone could understand the most important topics to the entire group.
I decided to do an exercise called “The 1-Thing” in homage to the movie City Slickers. I asked each table group to:
- Pick a facilitator;
- Have each table member write down the 1-thing they would like to learn from the workshop. I.e., their #1 challenge, question, or interesting topic;
- Then the facilitator would collect all of the 1-things from their tables;
- Next, each facilitator would read all of the 1-things;
- Finally, we discussed as a group, the major themes we heard. We found about 10 compelling themes to keep an eye on.