John Canfield is an experienced business executive and coach who has successfully implemented planning, improvement, and innovation processes in a wide variety of teams, organizations, industries, and cultures.
John has twenty-five years of experience speaking to a wide variety of audiences, from large conventions to executive board rooms. John has spoken to more than one thousand audiences around the world.
His clients include AT&T, Citibank, Deloitte & Touché, First USA, General Motors, Merck, and Underwriters Lab and thousands of participants of his many seminars and keynote speeches presented in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
John speaks with a sense of purpose and a sense of humor. Audiences enjoy John’s ability to read his audience, adjust the mood, raise the energy level, deliver a message, and end with a story to think about for weeks to come
John is an instructor and consultant for Advanced Practical Thinking Training, The American Management Association, The Canadian Management Center, The American Supplier Institute, The Forum Corporation, General Electric Financial Services (Six Sigma Black Belt instructor), GOAL/QPC (Creative Thinking Skills), Grand Rapids Community College (creativity and innovation) International Quality and Productivity Center (Collaboration Skills) Leadership Strategies (Core Facilitator), Lean Enterprise Institute (leading Lean and Six Sigma improvement teams), Grand Rapids’ Right Place Program, Marcus Evans, and the Singapore Institute of Management.
John’s four part Good Thinking Series (available on Amazon) presents solid strategies and tools to improve an organization’s performance by deliberately supporting more effective thinking with all leaders and employees. Topics include collaboration skills, problem solving, creative thinking skills, strategic planning, and scenario planning.
John has earned a B.S. in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from Williams College. Prior to 1990 John was a Senior Engineering Manager for Intel Corporation and later Director of Corporate Quality and Design Research for Herman Miller.
The vast majority of work worldwide takes place in meetings. People assembling in small and large groups to make decisions. Like meetings or not, they are unlikely to go away.
In these meetings people often use some or all of three kinds of thinking:
In a structured collaborative meeting participants use specific tools and techniques to guide their thinking to stay intelligent, to help them generate better ideas, better decisions and buy-in, and better results. The tools are fundamentally great questions. The tools do not tell people what to think, but how. As teams answer the questions, they generate ideas that drive better decisions and better buy in.
This presentation introduces and practices truly collaborative processes with truly collaborative tools.
Collaboration Application Topics
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