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Aneta Key extends an invitation to an online global professional mixer on October 29, 2021. 

“Switch the scene, switch the topic, switch the crowd: 

A lovely virtual networking event for a quick time out.

About the mixers

The Global Professional Mixers are short, highly interactive events MC-ed by Aneta Key that spotlight rotating “Virtual Explorations” topics to spark connections among intellectually curious professionals from around the world in Aneta’s “circles of professional circles.” 

Effortlessly mingle with others, compare notes, share ideas, learn something… then go back to your projects, decisions, and regular meetings with a refreshed perspective and something to talk about. 

The events are free. 

This mixer

After exploring startup stories in August, and scale-up stories in September, it is time to reflect on how corporate life in a “grown-up” company feels like.  The rails are set and the train has gained momentum and routine. Or has it? 

Well, Halloween is almost here — bring your fun, and your scary stories.

What to expect:

As always, we will explore the topic in 3 ways:”

  • During fun opening icebreakers. Yes, videoconferences can be useful and fun at the same time!
  • With a framing discussion to seed ideas.
  • During borderless networking breakouts. This is the part everyone loves the most — it’s like chatting to your seat neighbors on a flight in 2019, but without the plane trip.

 

Sign up for the event, October Virtual Explorations: Corporate Stories, on AedeaPartners.com. 

 

Aneta Key shares a 2-minute video from a series that dives into how to assess the situation. 

This sequence of videos emphasizes that strategic decision-making starts with assessing the situation. 

The prior video discussed “speed” as a dimension and this one focuses on another important dimension — the gravity of the decisions leaders make. This simple consideration can have a profound impact on how execs allocate their scarce leadership capacity given all the decisions they need to make.

Key points include:

  • The upside and downside
  • Time pressure
  • Leaders’ response

 

 

Watch the full video, Sizing up the Situation – Gravity, on YouTube.

 

Aneta Key was interviewed on Cloudflare’s Strategy Spotlight where they discuss how to navigate growth, change, and uncertainty to rapidly scale.

How to navigate growth is a fundamental question that underpins many of my clients’ corporate priorities, though it comes in different flavors. For example, leaders address:

  • How to chart a growth strategy, align around it, and put it in place
  • How to keep everyone pulling in the same direction in an organization growing in size and complexity
  • How to improve operational excellence after a rapid growth phase 
  • How to scale operations throughout digital transformation 
  • How to enable growth through leadership capability building

In March 2021 I was interviewed LIVE on the Strategy Spotlight segment of Cloudflare.tv discussing scaling teams and organizations at hyper-growth companies. It was a fun conversation mixing pragmatic advice for leaders and teams with explicit definitions and geeky humor on distributed/diverse teams.

 

Watch the full interview, Strategy Spotlight: Scaling Best Practices, on Aedeapartners.com.

 

 

Aneta Key shares a concise post that explains the purpose and benefits of her company’s GrowthKey programs.

One way to increase the leadership capacity of your organization is to invest in the development of your people and build organizational capabilities. The GrowthKey Programs help you do just that.

GrowthKey blended learning approach

The GrowthKey professional development programs develop critical strategic, problem-solving, and interpersonal capabilities to elevate the confidence and performance of leaders, high performers groomed for cross-functional assignments, up-and-comers, partners, project managers, and consultants. 

The programs may mesh one or more of these elements depending on your unique needs:

Synchronous (virtual or in-person) “intensives” to galvanize learning — A core element that kick-starts learning. Custom content is developed based on client objectives and needs assessment for learners (e.g., High Potentials, Team Leaders, Project Managers, new hires). Durations last from multi-day “boot camp” formats to half-a-day “deep-dive” formats.

 

Key points include:

  • The comprehensive global program
  • The targeted local program

 

Read the full post, GrowthKey — Blended learning model for custom corporate training programs, on the Aedeapartners.com.

 

 

Aneta Key shares a helpful video and a few doodles that gives insight into the story of strategy development projects. Enjoy!

After a final client workshop, I was inspired to hand draw a couple of characters, outline a comics-like dialogue, digitize my doodles, animate sequence and put to music for a fun retrospective prompt. 

This ~2 min video served as a great opener for the project retrospective and a fun project capstone.   

If you’ve ever been involved in a strategy project, you may recognize the sentiments — do you?

 

Key areas of the process include:

  • The beginning
  • The middle
  • The end

Watch more videos, including, The Story of Strategy Development Projects, on the AedeaPartners website.

 

 

Aneta Key shares a short but informative video and the first in a series on the topic of sizing up the situation for strategic decision-making.

Key points include:

  • Speed
  • Severity
  • Uncertainty

Watch the full series, Sizing up the Situation, on AedeaPartners.com. 

 

 

Aneta Key shares a fun, and fast, survey that reveals the things people do while in a virtual meeting. Fill in the survey to access the results. 

We have all been guilty. Multitasking. Oversharing. Faux pas. See a list of 25 things people do while on virtual meetings. (Secretly) confess your virtual meeting sins and instantly compare your transgressions.

 

Access the survey, Virtual Meeting Confessions, on the Aedea Partners’ website. 

 

 

In the third post in a series on off-site leadership, Aneta Key addresses the substance dimension of event design.

I strongly believe that any event design has 3 important dimensions to consider: 

Substance — This is the most important dimension of the 3. It is the “hardcore” look at the event and is what executives truly care about: What outcomes are we creating? What content are we discussing? What work are we advancing?

Structure — The second most important dimension addresses the logical and systematic approach that would allow the group to achieve its objectives. How are we breaking down and sequencing activities? How are we socially engineering alignment? How are we allocating time? How are we making decisions? 

Style — If substance and structure determine what and when it needs to be done, style determines how it should be done. In general, this should be the third dimension to consider, as “form follows function” in off-site design as well. That said, the 3 dimensions are interrelated and the ‘feeling’ you want to create may impact the other 2 dimensions. 

In fact, these 3 dimensions apply to speeches you give, presentations you develop, and even blog posts you publish.

 

Key points in this article include:

  • Systems thinking applied to off-site design
  • What are the desired outputs?
  • What off-site modules do we need?
  • What inputs do we need?
  • Highlighting Design Choices

 

Read the full article, Leadership Off-Site 101: Part III — Substance design, on the Aedea Partners’ website.

 

 

Aneta Key shares a short message that shines a light into the importance of leaders spending valuable time on scenario planning, and how following military training can guide business strategies. 

It is important for leadership teams to regularly work through scenarios across time horizons. 

Strategic decision-making is at the core of leadership and is what Aneta Key facilitates among clients. It is also one of the core areas explored in the GrowthKey leadership development programs.

This question is a sneak peek from an upcoming episode of the Simplicity for Success podcast in which host Peter Eckart and Aneta are talking about Strategic decision-making under risk and uncertainty.

 

Points discussed include:

  • Thinking across multiple timelines
  • The fog of war
  • The death of the best plans

 

Read the article,The Value of Strategic Planning: Military Analogy, and watch the video on the Aedea Partners’ website.

 

 

Aneta Key shares a new video in her series on video conferencing. This week: brevity.

During the recent series of workshops about online meetings, I realized that as we reimagine how we lead meetings online, some fundamentals are unchanged.  So, I give you the second video of what may become a series on the topic with simple ideas that apply for any type of meeting. 

Enjoy and share with colleagues who may benefit from it.

 

Included in this video:

  • Rambling
  • Roaming
  • Respect

 

 

Watch the video, Simple Ideas for Better Meetings, on the Aneta Key website. 

 

 

Aneta Key lightens the mood for the day with these tongue-in-cheek video conference tips. 

 

Many of us are so accustomed to videoconferencing, we take it for granted. But with the COVID-19 pandemic shift to remote work, a whole lot of professionals worldwide are just now being introduced to this genre of workplace interactions.  

This blog post will offer something for veterans and newbies alike. In a true iterative fashion, I will add to it over time.

 

 

Tips include:

  • Productive direction
  • How to make it engaging

 

Watch the video, Simple Ideas for Better Meetings, on YouTube, and tune into the series of videos, On Lockdown in San Francisco, on the Aedea Partners’ website.