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Brainstorming To generate many ideas in a group setting
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Appreciative Inquiry Summit “Appreciative Inquiry is the cooperative search for the best in people, their organizations, and the world around them. It involves systematic discover of what gives a system ‘life’ when it is most effective and capable in economic, ecological, and human terms. AI involves the art and practice of asking questions that strengthen a system’s capacity to heighten positive potential. It mobilizes inquiry through crafting an “unconditional positive question’ often involving hundreds or sometimes thousands of people.” Cooperrider, D.L. & Whitney, D., “Appreciative Inquiry: A positive revolution in change.” In P. Holman & T. Devane (eds.), The Change Handbook, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., pages 245-263.
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Delphi Method Decision making structured in different rounds
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Active Replay: Clarifying What Happened Clarifying what happened by 1. keeping everyone in the group informed about what others were doing (especially where a group has split into smaller units during an activity) 2. informing others outside the group about a group event (or possibly just to update the trainer following an independent exercise) 3. reconstructing a distant or complex event (to help people recall and relive the facts and feelings of an event)
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Active Replay: Investigating What Happened Investigating What Happened: 1. Awareness-raising (bringing out different points of view and disagreements; 2. Focusing on issues which participants have found difficult to recognise or confront during the activity 3. Analysing a problem (similar to reconstructing the scene of a crime)
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Different Directions To generate a number of different directions an idea or action can take and to experience excitement about developing new ideas.
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Deserted Island The Deserted Island Method is a good warm-up for a idea generating session. It starts the process of creative thinking by creating alternative solutions to surviving on a deserted island with limited resources.
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Facilitating Virtual Teams Virtual distributed or face to face meeting facilitations
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Personal Appreciation Workshop To create a shared understanding of what kinds of appreciation is most meaningful to people in the group and to To experience and appreciate the different ways people are motivated.
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Questions For members of the group to find points of commonality.
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Structured go-around To give everyone an opportunity to share their thinking about a topicv.
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Drawing a Vision To enable a group to create a concrete operational vision of the future.
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Quick-Check-Why To develop a consensus about a issue or plan.
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CALLIOPE: To energize a large group of people. in a fun way,
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Lining Up This is a good and fun way of introducing people and getting them talking.
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Materials Auction (Construction actvity variant) Add extra planning element to team building activity.
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Marooned For groups who are new this is a good introductions session. For people who know each other it can be used as a team building exercise.
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Vision Review Workshop To briefly review the vision statement of the department, to look at accomplishments toward that vision and to look how it might be implemented in the future year and to gain confidence in the value of the vision and it?s application to the day to day work.
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Stop and Go Brainstorming This is a way of generating ideas in a more reflective way.
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Postcards To open a meeting by sharing perspectives on the task ahead; getting the agenda on the table and to appreciate different ways of seeing the same situation, problem or project
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Categories This process celebrates the differences, and yet shows people what they have in common, and therefore leads to a group that is more comfortable, and has interacted with one another.
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Qualities of Leadership Conversation To reflect on qualities of good leadership and to raise the question of good leadership.
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Temperature Checks To make sure that everyone is in agreement with the direction the group is going in, the methods being used to get their and that the pace is appropriate.
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Synectics "Synectics is based on a simple concept for problem solving and creative thinking - you need to generate ideas, and you need to evaluate ideas. Whilst this may be stating the obvious the methods used to perform these two tasks are extremely powerful." (see website)
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Mutual Irritations Workshop This exercise was designed for a team one half worked in the US and the other half worked in The Netherlands. The two parts of the teams were made up of different nationalities.<br><br> The aim is to set up some trans-cultural agreements for team behaviour, based on reflection about the differences between the one?s culture?s and the other culture?s ways of working.<br><br> To understand and appreciate the team?s working situation from both cultures.</br>
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Just One Lie To get to know one another in an amusing way
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Martian To be able to understand some of the issues around information processing, being clear and assumptions and to be able to experience the difficulty in being clear about information, assumptions while having fun.
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Illiteracy Help To assist people who are illerate or nearly so to paticipate in a workshop without focusing on the issue.
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Plotting Newspaper Articles in the Social Processes To be able to locate social events in the social processes and to gain confidence in understanding the social processes. This can be used to do social analysis or industry analysis.
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Card Game This is a simple team building game that is based on the card game Poker.
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Sharing Vision To share individual concret visions of the outcomes of a project or change process.
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Simultaneous Committees To have small groups to work on part of the planning process.
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Troubleshooting To identify potential blocks or impediments to implementing the plan.
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SCREAM Scream is a good way of breaking the ice for a large group.
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Time Management Nearly everyone has been in a meeting that ran over time. Often this means that the last item on the agenda is dropped and put on the next agenda. Sometimes real unanticipated issues come up that need to be dealt with but not necessarily in this meeting. An issue that was assumed to be simple turned out to be much more complex and time consuming than anticipated. Diverse unplanned distractions may arise that need time to be dealt with.
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Systematized Direct Induction To involve staff or representative stakeholder in providing input in a change process.
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Be useful The facilitator can use this process to either introduce a new method that would be helpful for the participants and their work or when he/she thinks that someone could use the other's input without taking too much of their time.
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Sources of Conflict Conversation To raise realize that all of us are in conflicts from time to time and to experience the ability to think about what causes conflict.
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The Journalistic Six To generate a more inclusive set of ideas. These are the six key questions that journalism students are taught to answer somewhere in their news articles to make sure that they have covered the whole story. For creative thinkers, these questions stimulate thinking about the idea in question and allow approaches to it from various angles.
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Remote Control Cars To notice behaviors that contribute to group learning while getting acquainted and to appreciate the unique ways that colleagues learn.
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Zoom & Re-Zoom The intent of this process is to engage and communicate communication skills, perspective taking, and problem solving skills.
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Informal Networks Conversation To bring to awareness the need for informal relationships to make an organization work and to recognize the reality of change agents using informal networks.
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Active Replay: Celebrating What Happened 1. Celebrating a success (and appreciating more about what contributed to the success) 2. Helping people to see the serious side of a humorous incident (or vice-versa) 3. Agenda-raising (using an action replay as a sweep search for issues to review)
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Name Tents To provide visual signals for the facilitator about what is happening with the group. To decrease the risk of disruptive behavior by providing channels that it can take.
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Boundary Examination Boundary Examination is a refinement of problem definition. Defining a boundary to a problem states what is important (inside the boundary) and what is not (outside the boundary). A boundary reflects the biases of the assignment giver and you, as facilitator, The boundary may be part of the problem.
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Learnings from Working Cross Culturally Workshop To gain insights about the Cross-cultural learnings we have had in working another country and to become excited about what we have learned and to be aware of what we have not learned.
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Juggling Perspectives To make decisions based on a good weighing up of the varied interests involved, by clarifying the underlying logic of the different stakeholders.
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The Sage Conversation To reflect on the experience of encountering people of wisdom and to experience the demand to become wise.
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Art Gallery To stimulate creativity by having people draw pictures of the theme under discussion,
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Skills Import - Export Workshop To create a matrix of skills needed and skills available
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