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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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Brainstorming To generate many ideas in a group setting
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Delphi Method Decision making structured in different rounds
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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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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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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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Final exercise To complete the experience of a workshop that has involved active physical exercises (rope, planks etc). Helps embed teamworking and creativity, and "lifts" participants at conclusion of workshop.
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Ten Words To help the participants think critically about an issue, and focus on what is importnat. To reduce time wasted by lengthy unfocused explanations or discussions.
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Feedback Loops Exercise To practice using feedback loops to analyze a business situation. and to experience the power of understanding a business from a systems thinking perspective.
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Closing Closing bring and end to the thinking of the meeting, the social dimensions, the future and are often symbolic in nature.
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Quick Goal Setting In a few minutes to set goals for the coming year.
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Human Knot The goal of this process is a group that has worked together, and communicated with each other, and therefore now feels like a team.
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Global Trends Conversation Participants start thinking of the events that effect their organization and how these events affect their own work. Participants experience the breadth of changes going on around the world.
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generate ideas, ranking, rating, sorting
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Success Looks Like Exercise To seek alignment between the facilitator's goals, the organizations goals and the participants goals so that we can then ACT aligned and achieve those personal AND organizational goals
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Pairing Pairing is an introductions ice breaker. This can also be used to divide into teams.
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Local Chain Sustainability Circle (LCSC) Improve the sustainability in a specific product or material chain, within the boundaries of a municipality or province. This method is experimental - feedback is welcomed.
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TRIZ Structured approach to generating and evaluating ideas See www.aitriz.org
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Ritual dissent / assent This is a workshop method designed to test and enhance proposals, stories, ideas or whatever by subjecting them to ritualised dissent (challenge) or assent (positive alternatives). In all cases it is a forced listening technique, not a dialogue or discourse. It can be used on its own, or linked to story construction, social construction of the Cynefin framework and a broad range of methods.
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End of Meeting Reflection To reflect on the meaning of the meeting that is in the process of concluding and to bring to consciousness the importance of the meeting and to create a corporate story of the event.
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Meet the Peanut Exercise Participants begin stretching their thinking about an everyday thing. This is used as preparation for a creativity exercise.
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Focus Conversation This is the applications of the ToP method, the Focused Conversation Method to introductions.
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Individual Writing To allow each person to spend a few minutes thinking, organizing their thoughts and putting them on paper before sharing them. .
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Sharing insights To get information in front of the groups.
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Timelining Actions To set either starting or ending or both dates for a set of actions in a plan.
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Four Opportunities to deal with "Air Hogs" There are 4 opportunities to deal with "air hogs":
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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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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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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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