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About Kursat Ozenc
Kürsat Özenç is a designer, educator, and strategist. He teaches design at the Stanford d.school and leads the Ritual Design Lab initiative, where he runs experiments with students and partner organizations on personal, team & human-robot rituals. He has a keen interest in behavior design, particularly rituals. His work on rituals has appeared on Atlantic, Fast Company, 99U Magazines, and the Canadian Public Radio. He holds a Ph.D. in Design from Carnegie Mellon University.
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Do your virtual meetings feel like a drag? Learn how to use rituals to build trust, increase engagement, and spark creativity.
We rely on virtual meetings now more than ever. However, they can often feel awkward, monotonous, and frustrating. If you’re not thrilled with your virtual meetings, rituals can help your group break through to better results by providing structures that unlock freedom. With rituals, virtual meetings can be moments that are elevated and nurtured, opportunities for people to build connection and trust while accomplishing a common goal.
In Rituals for Virtual Meetings: Creative Ways to Engage People and Strengthen Relationships authors Kursat Ozenc and Glenn Fajardo show leaders, managers, and meeting organizers how to build rapport and rhythm amongst team members when everyone is not in the same physical space.
Rituals for Virtual Meetings provides readers with practical, concrete steps to improve group cohesion and performance, including:
- How to make virtual meetings more fluid and less awkward
- How to reduce Zoom fatigue and sustain people’s energy during meetings
- How to facilitate better interactions with project partners, customers, and clients
- How community leaders can engage members in a virtual setting
- How teachers can engage students in virtual classrooms
Perfect for anyone who needs to engage people in virtual settings, the book also belongs on the shelves of anyone interested in how to increase team engagement in a variety of contexts.
Experience the transformative power of creative rituals in the workplace
Rituals for Work shows us how creative rituals can make our personal and business lives more meaningful and rewarding. Rituals are powerful tools: they reinforce good habits, motivate personal and professional achievement, create a common bond between co-workers and build shared values; they can transform an organization’s culture and provide a foundation to achieve common goals. Focusing on real-world examples, this book takes a practical approach to the power and benefits of workplace rituals. This insightful guide presents 50 creative rituals, from business and management to design and personal development. Specific case studies highlight the use of rituals and their positive impact to real-world organizations, while vivid visuals allow us to feel their energy and emotion.
A ritual is only effective when its purpose is clearly defined. This book goes beyond simple analysis to provide actual recipes for individual rituals designed to promote specific habits, change negative behaviors, and instill values. Each ritual can be adapted to achieve a multitude of goals and tailored to fit your organization or team’s specific needs.
● Change behaviors, form positive habits, and assign meaning to shared goals
● Build shared values, foster innovation, and encourage strong teamwork
● Deal with conflicts effectively and engage others to work on resolutions
● Learn the fundamental concepts of ritual-building and share your knowledge with your team
An informative and inspirational resource for executives, managers, team leaders, and employees of every level, Rituals for Work provides a blueprint for building a culture of engagement, innovation, and shared purpose for organizations of all sizes, across industries.