Got home from Houston Tuesday night. Taught two full day classes on the Mind Manager Fundamentals. Had about 12 students in each class.
The sell/perform cycle on this one was longer than usual. The original contact had been in mid-May. After comparing schedules we looked at mid-Summer. Then it took an unexpected turn. Instead of 8-10 students, we were looking at the potential of 33. That had to be two days instead of one.
Now room scheduling became tricky, since we needed two consecutive days. We settled on Sept 15 & 16. Unfortunately, Hurricane Ike came ashore, at Houston, on Sept 12. So the class was cancelled.
We finally got the class scheduled for Nov 3 & 4. So, I drove over Sunday afternoon, conducted the two classes, and drove back Tuesday night.
In preparing for the class I found one change I wanted to make, since this was primarily a research organization. In the thinking styles section there is reference to the Idea Cycle. Typically this is a progression from Create – Organize – Present – Action
I modified the chart to have a more research oriented set of phases. Hypothesize – Filter – Plan – Propose – Test – Observe. It covers the same four larger steps but is more focus on experimentation. It is also consistent with the DMAIC cycle used in six sigma process improvements.