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Design principles of REAL: 3 Context

By Ilkka Mäkitalo on Aug 18, 2017 3:49:46 PM

“No context, no meaning.”
Gregory Bateson 

Working together is impossible if we don’t have a coordinated understanding of the context of our collaboration. Even though we could get something done, we would easily (sooner or later) end up to a conflict if we were missing clarity of the context. 

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Design principles of REAL: 2 Noiseless

By Ilkka Mäkitalo on Aug 10, 2017 3:03:33 PM

Life is noisy. Do you share the feeling? Our environment is noisy. Our workplaces are noisy. And you know what, it´s getting worse every day.

The more devices we use, the easier it is to be disturbed by continuous flow of messages, alerts and notifications. Our span of focus and concentration gets shorter all the time. (My watch just reminded me: It’s time to move.)

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Design principles of REAL: 1 Simplicity

By Ilkka Mäkitalo on Aug 3, 2017 10:10:52 AM

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Leonardo da Vinci

I have been working in the area of management consulting, learning, coaching, innovation, co-creation and facilitation with collaborative approach and methods for more than 25 years. Both f2f and virtually. All these years I’ve been creating new facilitation methods and software products to support this business. REAL, our consulting software solution is the result of all these learning experiences. 

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Case Sovelto – Revolutionizing training and consulting methods with a single digital tool

By Hanna Liimatainen on May 16, 2017 3:17:22 PM

Lukeaksesi asiakastarinan suomeksi, paina tästä.

It’s easy for people to study new things independently these days. But for the newly learned skills and knowledge to make an impact, companies need to engage their employees to put them into practice together. This is a challenge for enterprises and consulting companies alike. REAL has made it possible for the training and consulting company Sovelto to engage in increasingly complex digital projects, and it has elevated Sovelto’s role as a strategic partner to its enterprise customers.

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Case: How the Federation of Finnish Technology co-created the best ideas

By Niko Nykänen on May 3, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Keeping track of many great ideas and conversations can be a challenging task.

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Case: scaling up the impact of a one-day workshop

By Hanna Liimatainen on Jan 11, 2017 7:25:00 AM

A Danish consulting company ran a one-day workshop for its client as part of a larger development program for middle management. Leveraging REAL, the consultants maximized the impact of the client organization’s time together and generated true ‘wow’ effects during the workshop day.

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Case: harmonizing company culture after a series of acquisitions

By Hanna Liimatainen on Dec 12, 2016 7:40:00 AM

With mergers and acquisitions, what starts as a legal and financial transaction quickly becomes a company cultural exercise. How to turn previously separate organizations into one coherent entity that has shared goals, values and ways of working? Our case company leveraged REAL to conduct a values project involving nearly 5,000 employees in 6 countries – over 3 weeks.

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Face-to-face and online

By Hanna Liimatainen on Dec 7, 2016 8:01:00 AM

The development of social media has created a lot of expectations of digitalizing our work. Indeed, many organizations have already started to digitalize their work. So far they’ve already got some experiments of online discussion and digitally mediated communication and how do these serve the organizational development and change. In my current job, I’ve seen organizations that have achieved some unexpected successes, but also the ones that have had some big disappointments in relation to the expectations.

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Make sure it's collaboration – not interruption

By Hanna Liimatainen on Nov 23, 2016 8:01:00 AM

I usually start my work day with a task that I think is the most important to get done during the day. I get lots of stuff done until 10am. Then something happens and it's already afternoon. From 4pm to 7pm I can get lots of "work" done again.

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Work and its limits

By Hanna Liimatainen on Nov 16, 2016 8:01:00 AM

Am I allowed to enjoy working and getting inspired and excited of it? May I fall madly in love with work, so that I forget the pass of time? It often feels that you shouldn’t. It is prohibited, or at least frowned upon. The work is supposed to be hard. That’s why people have to be protected by decrees and instructions from the dangerous phenomenon known as work.

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