They groaned when they saw the meeting invite, but when the workshop started! …

Workshops … they can be valuable melting pots of ideas and perspectives.

They can also feel slower than pond water, with a purpose and results that are about as clear.

But the more workshops I run, the more I realise how deeply I’ve underestimated their power for building shared understanding across teams and organisations.

In short, you want to run workshops. And you want to run good ones.

I’m still learning, but here are the most important things I’ve gleaned from running some multi-day design sprints and lots of 1-to-4 hour workshops.