I conducted my first training class in 1980 and facilitated my first team building workshop in 1986 for a promising young computer software company that was working on what is now hyperlink technology. Didn’t we do a terrific job in that workshop? Hyperlinks are an international success!
Ok, I suppose I can’t take any credit for hyperlink technology, but I can tell you that it was then I fell in love with the idea of becoming a team building facilitator.
After years of being a fulltime team building facilitator, I’m now teaching others how to succeed in doing the same. My mission was to “develop people and teams that work.”
Today, my mission is to “develop Right-Minded Team Building Facilitators.” That means that I am dedicated to helping you become a successful facilitator, and if you like, a CMF – Certified Master Facilitator. I am also CPF – Certified Professional Facilitator. And I serve on the board of the International Institute for Facilitation.
I have facilitated teams in the United States plus many other countries. My best guess is I have worked directly with 500 teams that each had 15 to 50 teammates.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science from the University of Houston, with a special focus in career development and life-work planning. Some of my closest friends don’t let me forget that I earned a BS in BS!
My firm, Lord & Hogan LLC, grew to five fulltime employees. Today, we employee experienced contract facilitators to fulfill our mission.
I’m blessed to have a wonderful wife. And I am equally blessed to be able to work from our comfy home in Houston with our dog and two cats. The children and grandchildren are all grown up and on their own. Ah…life is good.
Right-Minded Teamwork: 9 Right Choices for Building A Team That Works As One
This is a team-building facilitator's guide & teammate handbook.
This book is about Team-Building, The Right-Minded Way.
I bet you're one of those smart people who prefer a real-world workshop over a "pretend" one, right? Real-world team-building does not subscribe to the idea that games, outdoor exercises, or social events are the most effective approaches. They can be a lot of fun, but they're not valid substitutes for getting real teamwork done because they are indirect and do not resolve the team's most pressing teamwork issues. They are pretend workshops.
This approach has nothing to do with right brain behavior or right wing political philosophies. This teamwork approach is based on choices that, taken together, define your team's right-minded thought system.
Make certain you understand this essential point. People often ask, "Who decides what is right?" The answer is simple: your team decides.
Learn how to facilitate and incorporate these 9 choices in your team using straightforward exercises. Use this book with other RMT courses such as our free and comprehensive 12 Step online course: How to Design a Right-Minded Team Building Workshop.
When you incorporate Right-Minded Teamwork into your team-building practice, you will create satisfied team-building customers that recommend you to other teams.
You will have truly helped your client team to successfully address and resolve their real-world team issues, and you will build a long and rewarding team-building facilitator career that will produce many life-long and enduring friendships.
Sample Right-Minded Teamwork