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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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Eye colour Participants in a team get to know each other in informal way, also - through physical activity it sets the good start of a meeting
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Applied Imagination: Question Summary This is a poster that will help trigger ideas by posing a variety of questions about ideas.
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Levelling of expectations The intent of this procedure is to give the participants confidence in the workshop or training and on the other hand it is used to give the facilitator an idea about the needs of the participants.
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Leadership Conversation Participants reflect on qualities of good leadership
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Quick Reviews in 20 minutes This process is used when there is not much time left, but a review is nevertheless wanted or needed.
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multi-voting To select from a list of ideas for further work.
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Dialogue Mapping The intent of this process is to structure meeting discussions, to assure that the focus stays on the issued topics and to ascertain that all opinions are heard, and comments are focused on the statements, not on the persons who said it.
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Preventing Disruptive Behaviour To deal with potential unnecessary disruptive behaviour at the beginning of the session and not when it arrises.
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System Modeling The intent is to find the source of a problem within a complex system.
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Review the Visioning Process <p>1 A highly politicized and fairly polarized (yet congenial) group<br> 2 A recognized lack of collaboration and partnership<br> 3 Votes are split along predictable lines<br> 4 Common ground that seems to get built keeps shifting.<br> 5 The process of getting to the vision is blocking the group.
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Change Management
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Problem Definition To generate ideas about how to implement the reverse of the current state of affairs and to experience the possibility of looking at a problem as an opportunity to create a new solutions.
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Create a Deadline To get a group that has a vision but is not able to move to the implementation phase.
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Definitions of Success (OD-8) To establish concise Definitions of Success for the project or opportunity and to reach agreement about what a completed successful project or opportunity looks like. This method also helps the team to think in phased based ways.
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Active Listening To slow down a discussion, to demonstrate that you have heard what the person has said, to stop a person from dominating the conversation.
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Playing with the Topic Using toys as metaphors for the issue the meeting is dealing.
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Systematic Problem Solving To identify core sources to a problem and to develop an action plan to address these core problems.
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Inclusinve Principles To find common ground when solutions to a problem are in opposition to each other.
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wikki stix team building This simple exercise sets the stage for some real work - establishing a precedent for individual and group creativity, for true collaboration, and for gentle, supportive humor.
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Working Assumptions The Working Assumptions create an atmosphere of respect in the room without being moralistic with rules.
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Think of a paradize This method aims to make the atmosphere during a meeting more relaxed, to reveal some out of the professional field information about the participants and to stimulate and refresh the creative process.
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Gestalt The aim of this method is to get a better understanding of one's own personality as well as a good perception and better understanding of an abstract issue.
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Networks Conversation To bring to awareness the need for informal relationships to make an organization work and to recognize the reality of using informal networks.
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Quick Reviews in 10 minutes This process is used when there is not much time left, but a review is nevertheless wanted or needed.
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Evaluation by Values This procedure allows groups to evaluate a limited number of ideas against a range of criteria. They then can select the best of the ideas.
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Quality Assurance Storytelling The intent of this process is to create a piece of work that combines all the important information of a meeting, a project, or a discussion.
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Group Critique Disagreements with a point When a participant disagrees with the facilitator about a process suggestion the facilitator can get permission from the group to deal with it.
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Flowchart The goal of this process is to simplify and improve certain processes of the client but also to determine areas that need monitoring and to formulate questions for further or later research.
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Move on and come back <p>For a group that is having difficulty in creating consensus because:<br> 1. A highly politicized and fairly polarized (yet congenial) group<br> 2. A recognized lack of collaboration and partnership<br> 3. Votes are split along predictable lines<br> 4. Common ground that seems to get built keeps shifting.</br></p>
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Worst and Best Scenario To help individual or group think of possibilities/options not only the worst and the best scenarion
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Multiple Perspctives Workshop To open up the thinking of an existing team of people and to experience the excitement of creating many perspectives on a problem that offers alternative solutions to the problem.
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What would the Founders Say? To use the spirit of the founders of the organization as inspiration for confronting today’s issues, perhaps as an opening to a strategic planning session.
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Do Self Evaluation of Work So Far To unblock a group that has developed a vision but seems to be stuck about moving to implementation planning.
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Thesaurus Browsing This is a creativity technique using the thesaurus as a resource.
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Wagon Wheel (Review tool) Particpant have an opportunity to review a session or a workshop.
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Opening Conversation A way of quickly agreeing to what will come out of a meeting
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Reframing Problems To restate the problem to better understand it from different perspectives.
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Polling To find out what the current thinking of the various participants.
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Guess My Chew A very funny and even silly energizer.
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Dominos: A Communication Exercise To represent the assumptions we make about our own and others operational definitions of words; i.e. above, down, beside, below, horizontal. Illustrate the value of seeking clarity in communication.
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Taking a walk To provide short refreshing brakes every 1/2 hour during a meeting
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