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Facilitating with Metaphoric Images

We’ve been experimenting with metaphoric images in our facilitation lately. I first saw them used in 2006, when I was attending Coach U in Singapore. The facilitators there used them 3 or 4 times during the week. I did some web research when I returned, finding two primary sources –

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Creativity Exercise II – Team Drawing

Rule #1 of creativity is ‘reject nothing’.The improvisational theater has another name for it:‘Yes… and..’ ‘Yes… and…’ is very different from ‘Yes… but…’‘Yes… and…’ means building on whatever came before.If you’ve ever watched “Whose Line is it Anyway”, you’ve seen ‘Yes… and…’ in action. No one on the stage can

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Creating a Team Charter the University of Phoenix Way

Okay… this surprises the hell out of me. I’ve been working with teams for the past three years.I have tons of co-workers who have attended the University of Phoenix.So, why have I never seen or heard of one of these Team Charters? The Team Charter is the coolest thing I’ve seen

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Visual Thinking – What’s Out of Play?

My colleagues and I were working on a team facilitation today.  In order to frame the discussion, we asked what topics were open for debate, and which ones weren’t. I want to be clear that this wasn’t censorship, or an attempt to avoid the ‘elephant in the room’. The ‘out

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Learning Styles

I’m currently working on a Masters Degree in Adult Education and Training.One of my homeworks assignments this week was to find a learning styles assessment and complete it. After googling a bit, I found this one:http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/learningstyles/ilsweb.html I found it more interesting than the VARK (Visual, Aural, Read/write, and Kinesthetic) test

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Learn from my Mistakes… please…

Ooops… I’m the kind of person who learns from mistakes. I don’t read too many instruction manuals.As a result, sometimes I end up like this… Our room in Sonoma had a jacuzzi. It also had bath oil.Jacuzzi + bath oil = relaxation, in my book. According to the Jacuzzi FAQ,

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What Centers You?

At the Leadership Challenge Workshop last week, Master Facilitator Ken Hurdle talked about the importance of being centered before starting a facilitation. A facilitator who is not centered can only decenter the team he or she is working with. Ken shared his three ‘triggers’ with us, and asserted the importance

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Eating as Learning

Roger Shank covered this way better than I ever could in his book The Connoisseur’s Guide to the Mind – but I’ll say it anyway – food provides excellent learning opportunities. We’re in Sonoma, California – which is, of course, wonderful wine country. It’s also a great place to learn

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Creativity Exercise – Improv Golf…

Angie and I walked around Sonoma today, and found ourselves at a mini-putt course.Humility prevents me from mentioning who won… but it reminded me to share a creativity practice with you. In my mind, creativity isn’t a part-time practice. It’s something you need to practice all the time, so that

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Attending The Leadership Challenge Workshop

Today, Angie and I head for Sonoma, where Brent, Ken, and I will attend The Leadership Challenge for 4 days.The first two days will be spent as participants in the workshop. The second two days we will go through the process to become certified instructors of the course. I’ve seen

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Learning at the Speed of Sound

I’m going to have plenty of learning opportunities over the foreseeable future. Today, Angie and I are packing for a drive up to Sonoma – wine country.I’m meeting two colleagues there for a 4 day training workshop.We’re getting certified in The Leadership Challenge.I’ll open another post on that… Secondly, on

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Writing Vision and Mission Statements

Last week, I facilitated two mission statement exercises. A lot of people get an acid stomach at the thought of a vision/mission session – and rightfully so.Writing a vision/mission statement usually an exercise in wordsmithing that has no actionable outcome. Why?Because no one wants to put in writing what they

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Should I Get An MBA?

This is a question I get in almost every management/leadership session I facilitate – “Should I get an MBA“? The question is often meant as, “To get ahead in this company, should I get my MBA?”. My response to the question is another question – “Do you read management books

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Egonomics

Today, Sharon and I were leading a group through the Egonomics workshop.If you haven’t read Egonomics, I highly recommend it. I’m a big believer in using language to re-center a discussion.Marcum and Smith do this very effective in Egonomics, first by discussing humilty as a midpoint between egotistical and ego-empty

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Happiness is a warm internet connection…

One of the best ‘freebies’ available on the web today are the TEDTalks downloads. Organized by one of my heroes, Richard Saul Wurman (designer/author of the Access Guides – which I have loved since, well, forever – among his other accomplishments), TED brings together some of the smartest and most talented

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Looking to increase clarity, creativity, and conversation?  Photo Jolts! shows you how to leverage the power of photographs to improve yourself, your team, or your organization. Master trainer Thiagi and SMART as Hell.com founder Glenn Hughes share 51 activities (with over 300 variations) that are tested and proven to help participants

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