We understand that the word workshop means different things to different people. A friend in the public sector once said ”isn’t that a meeting where someone talks for 3 hours and then we write on postits for 5 minutes?”. Well, that might be so, but here is our take:
A workshop is a meeting with more than three participants where:
- Focus is on problem solving and there has been extensive preparations for both defining the problem and collecting the right data for solving it.
- All participants are engaged and involved and part of all exercises and discussions as well as decision making.
- The solution to the problem is facilitated through solid preparations, distinct and structured workshop leadership and direct decisions before leaving the room.