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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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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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Tug of War Combining the worst and the best factors to find a solution
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PMI Decision Making / Problem Solving, weighing the pros and cons of a decision.
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Don't let your partners down The goal of this exercise is to revitalize energies and to work jointly.
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Detachment Game To begin the discussion of how to sustain oneself as a change agent and to experience the dynamics of being detached from things.
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Creative Reviewing With the aid of this process participants can "see" their experiences and commnunicate them better to others.
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Problem Redefinition 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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Soft Systems Methodology To create an action program to deal with a problem
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Team Jigsaw Puzzle Game To promote teambuilding and create awareness for need to work cross-functionally
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Benchmarking The purpose of this technique is to improve certain procedures by looking at more successful examples.
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What's the Question? To introduce people to each other.
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Pecha Kucha For a group to create together a series fo visual images that tell their story quickly and in relevant detail
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Presentation Reflection This is an alternative to questions and answers when a presentation is made and you would like to have the audience process the information is a simple way. To build a group analysis of the presentation which they have heard this morning and to experience a shared reflection on a presentation as a team.
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gap analysis
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Share Diagnosis of Being Blocked To unblock a group that seems to be stuck
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Contingency Diagram Contingency Diagram is a technique for generating ideas concerning and issue or concern that capitalizes on negative thought. By thinking of all the ways you can cause a problem to get worse or continue unchecked, you provide the basis for later developing an action plan to overcome these barriers.
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Dynamic Systems Ice Breaker To be able to experience a dynamic system in a fun way.
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Cynical remarks - personal responsibility The participants take responsibility for making a difference when actions are not carried out. This come to awareness often when a cynical remark is made in the meeting such as, "we do this planning all the time but nothing is ever done."
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Analyzing To explore the strengths, weaknesses and concerns of a situation
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Cut up and Move Around To develop understanding various relationships between elements of a solution. To create different perspectives about a solution.
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Group Juggling To create a fun active environment.
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Lazy 8s To take a break with a simple physical exercise that is fun and stimulates left and right brain connections.
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Active reviewing intervention To get understanding of an event that happened through the display of a different point of view. This can be used as an intervention when something happens in a workshop that needs to be resolved.
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Rightbraining
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Metaplan The intent of this method is to create an open and informal atmosphere in which all participants can speak their mind.
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Find the Identity To let the participants reveal and describe themselves and to experience how individuals create a group.
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Quick Reviews in 1 minute This process is used when there is not much time left, but a review is nevertheless wanted or needed.
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Assumption Articulation To bring to awareness assumption being made about the situation in a problem solving process and to check the validity of assumptions being made in a problems making process. Assumptions that are not valid can be dropped or changed.
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SOLVE The SOLVE(tm) method is a dialogic approach to work through issues. This method helps cultivate the conditions for conversation, creativity, connection and change by creating environments for clarifying information and identifying issues.
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Scatter diagram The intent of this process is to find out about the different variables that can have - seen in content to each other a great influence.
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Risk Analysis and Mitigation Plan To identify risks in a business area being analyzed (business unit, process, etc.) and to identify controls on those risks and adjust them accordingly.
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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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Quote for the Day To encourage dialogue about the wisdom we are discovering in working or learning together and to help a group receive permission (and perhaps vocabulary) to talk with one another about their personal wisdom, experience and development. The trust developed in such a short dialogue can also carry over into the working sessions in the course of a programme.
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Anticipation Guide To prepare online participants for interaction with key topics and objectives.
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Visit with External Subject Matter Expert To unblock a group that seems to be stuck
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Guided Imagery To bring to the surface insights and ideas through the use of a guide imagery exercise and to experience the power of guided imagery as a source of ideas.
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Social Influence Networks Mapping To create a map of the most influential relationships people have within an organization and to To experience the power of bring self-consciousness to informal relationships.
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Create Agenda with the Group To have the group create the agenda for the meeting rather than having it done ahead time.
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Gap Analysis To have participants determine the differences between the present situation and a desired future state.
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RoleStorming To generate ideas from the perspective of people not present in the room.
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Prui (pronounced 'proo-eee') This is a light-hearted, and loving game that you can play several times during the evening, and it will get better each time.
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Stamping Feet with Lion's Roar To increase the energy among the participants
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Productive Thinking Model The model is used in groups, businesses, nonprofits as well as by individuals. Aspects of it are taught at various creativity conferences.
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Sing on and find your companion The goal of this entertaining ice-breaker is to give people the chance to get to know each other in a different way.
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