The Sandbox Blog
This is where I share studio notes and thoughts from behind the scenes here at Creative Sandbox Solutions™ HQ. I’m all about process here, and I’m transparent about mine, so you can learn from both my wins and my mistakes.
If you have any questions or comments, don’t be shy — drop me a line! I’d love to hear from you.
I saw this question posted in a Facebook group I’m in:
“How can I lead a Zoom meeting right now when nobody is feeling ok?”
So many of us are feeling it.
Yet another racist murder by police. Riots. The onslaught of news is horrific.
And then there’s the pandemic.
How can you possibly smile and move on?
Answer: you don’t. read more…
What would you say is the most under-appreciated feature in Zoom?
Of course, one could argue about that, but one contender might be the “Rename” function.
Here’s how to rename yourself (or someone else, if you’re a Host or Co-host) using the Participants Panel:
And here’s how to rename yourself by clicking your window:
Why bother doing such a thing?
More than merely cosmetic, the rename feature packs a punch when used intentionally.
Over on LinkedIn this week, I’ve been sharing my top 5 tips for hacking “Rename” to get the most out of your virtual meetings.
I thought you might be interested, so without further ado, here they are! read more…
“Zoom!” I yelled as I threw an invisible ball to Jay. “Zoom!” he echoed, catching it, then “swish!” as he tossed it to Ann.
Ann repeated Jay’s “swish!” then passed the ball to Tom with a “Pop!”
And the invisible ball continued around the circle.
It may sound like a group of kids playing at recess, but this was actually a Board of Directors at a strategic workshop I led recently.
Activities like this one, borrowed from the world of improv, help teams and individuals increase and read more…
Happy New Year!
I’ve been thinking about the changes I’ve made this year (this decade!). Not least of which is the progress I’ve made in a particular area of my life…
Which is best described in a story.
I was in the middle of facilitating a workshop for a Board of Directors.
It was a peak moment: a professional photographer was read more…
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend two conferences “back East”—the International Forum of Visual Practitioners, in Montclair, NJ, and the Applied Improvisation Network, in Stony Brook, NY (with a Learning Journey in Manhattan).
As a visual practitioner, of course I took visual notes, also known as sketchnotes (a term invented by Mike Rohde, author of The Sketchnote Handbook (aff), so I thought it would be fun to share some of them here on the blog!
Sketchnotes are personal notes designed for the note-taker’s private use. They are not intended to be displayed—they’re notes… with visuals.
Research shows that read more…
Beware the performance reset—it’s a double-edged sword!
Yes, they help low performers, but it turns out they HURT high ones.
A new study finds that for people who were already doing well, resets are demotivating and actually cause #performance to decline!
The study analyzed archival data from Major League Baseball, and found that when traded across leagues, players with high batting averages saw a 13-point decline!
What’s going on here?
The researcher say resets affect self-efficacy, or confidence about future performance.
“Given a chance to put past performance failures behind them, employees may…recover more easily,” she writes.
“However, managers should be aware that performance resets affect employees differently…. [They] may consider communicating positive expectations to and instilling confidence in top performers when a reset occurs.”
From HBR Sept/Oct 2019
Your turn: have you ever wanted a chance to hit the reset button?