26-28 September 2018

Churchill College, Cambridge

Session type:
Workshop

Session duration:
90 minutes

Presented by:

Carrie Bedingfield

Onefish Twofish and Cambridge University Department of Engineering

About this Workshop

For many companies, meetings are a big time-drain. They take too much time, achieve too little and bring energy down. Let's change that! LoMo is an open source set of meetings and techniques to encourage self-organising, self-responsibility, speed, clarity and powerful decisions in meetings. LoMo is short for Low-Tech Moments. No powerpoint, no faffing, just top quality thinking/talking/working together.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • experience this new kind of meeting for themselves
  • learn the key principles and what matters in a LoMo - where power lies, how the interaction works and how LoMo allows everyone to put ego aside and work together more effectively
  • leave ready to implement the 3 canvases that make the most difference straightaway


This session is perfect for:

  • leaders and managers who want to use their team's time more effectively
  • project managers who need their team to be more self responsible, faster and more productive
  • people who are working in an agile way in a waterfall organisation who want to draw in the rest of the business to new ways of working
  • consultants and facilitators interested in exploring whether LoMo might work for their clients
  • anyone who spends too much time in meetings
Using what you learn, you can expect to:

  • reduce current meeting time by 30-50% - Ricoh managers reduced theirs by 75% in the first 6 weeks
  • improve the quality of meetings dramatically - sharper discussions and outcomes, no 'going round in circles'
  • build better relationships and more trust though clearer and less frustrating interactions with colleagues in meetings
  • get more valuable work done earlier - by feeling pain sooner and not letting 'the work wait for the big meeting next month'
People who are interested in any of these might find LoMo useful as it takes inspiration from all of these approaches:

  • agile and lean
  • holacracy
  • open space technology and unconference
  • lean start-up
  • clean communication, radical honesty and servant leadership
  • Managing Your Chimp, Steve Peters style

About the Speaker

Carrie has been making tools and methodologies to improve and enable better human interactions at work for nearly 20 years (including clean communication) and now her research at Cambridge University's Engineering Department is exploring opportunities for improving the outcomes of group information sharing, idea generation and decision making events, specifically in the context of the engineering design process.

Creating value at work involves collaboration, which often means ‘meetings’. These events are complex interactions of people and data - supported by an explicit or implicit process. Many meetings don't generate sufficient value, given the cost/opportunity cost of the group of people involved, nor do they truly enhance collaboration, trust, ownership or performance outside the meeting.

Carrie is the founder of Onefish Twofish (employee engagement consultancy), 50th Generation (purpose-led innovation and start-up accelerator) and LoMo (the methodology for improving meetings in the workshop).

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