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TOUR D?HORIZON To enable a group to share their different perspectives concerning the implications of a future situation that their organisation or group is moving toward.<br><br> To enable the individual members to share their thinking about the implications of future developments for the current and up-coming operations of the organisation. <br><br> To empower the group by enabling them to see their commonality in facing the future.
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Taking a walk To provide short refreshing brakes every 1/2 hour during a meeting
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Appreciation This method looks at the implications of a situation or the consequences of an action.
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The Incident Method The purpose of this method is to deal with problems together and find new approaches and solutions.
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Trip to Work Exercise Participants practice defining smaller and smaller steps in the process of travelling from home to work. and they struggle with becoming clear about what assumptions we are using.
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Reviewing with ropes The goal of this process is to get an evaluation of how the participants individually, or as a group succeeded with a certain activity.
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Plus, Minus, Interesting To select between a limited number of ideas the most helpful.
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Client Window The purpose of this process is to avoid repeating past mistakes and to assure meeting a client's/group's expectations.
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Ask for contribution When a participant is disrupting the session and seems to want to say something.
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Active Pre-plays Active Pre-plays (or rehearsals) are a natural development of action replays. They simply focus on future possibilities rather than on past events. Acting out alternative courses of action is more committing than talk, but is less committing than the real thing. 1. pre-plays create quick and convenient opportunities for second attempts (compared to real second attempts). There may also be fewer distractions from key issues. 2. pre-plays create opportunities for experimenting with alternatives 3. individuals can swap roles with each other, leading towards criticism becoming more constructive...
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Good Manager Workshop To demonstrate the method of building a rational thought thru model and to experience the power of careful thinking.
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Traffic Signs Learning Game To exchange ideas about how to lead sales conversation
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Hope Conversation To discuss our deepest hopes about the future and to experience the power of hoping in the future.
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Movie Posters We see posters advertising new movies quite often in public places. They summarize with visual images, a dramatic title and a few critical phrases, an entire story and its characters. This method aims at letting the group create the poster for their “movie”. It can be used for summarizing learnings, for reporting on team activities over the past period of time, for building a common story about something that has taken place in the organization. Introduction: In order to create today’s reports, imagine that you are creating a movie. In one hour, please return with the poster for your movie (like the posters you see in public places advertising movies). Think, for example, of the posters for “Gone with the Wind”, for “Star Wars”, for “Mr. And Mrs. Smith”. (Refer to posters you yourself have seen recently.) The poster tells the story. Distribute flipchart paper and lots of colored markers.
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Underlying Contradictions Workshop (LENS) To articulate the blocks to realizing the practical vision and to experience the recognition of the dysfunctional aspects of an organization.
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Our Worst Nightmare To create a shared vision, using a fun approach
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Convergence: Clustering in Columns To identify similar ideas and to put them together and to create a pattern based on an agreed to set of values.
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T project - process review ? Review the work process ? Capture what went well/what went badly ? Assign action for promulgating lessons learned and reuseable assets
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Presentations To share information that is not generally available to the whole group.
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Specifying Requirements to identify requirements and necessary conditions of a solution of a problem.
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Build Up To enable a group to reach agreement by identifying what can not be included in the model or plan
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Paint the Picture To generate ideas based on shared information presented during the meeting.
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Creating a Focus Question One of the important parts of getting a good brainstorm is setting it in context and doing the preparation. That can get you several valuable things. It can get you to a question that really makes sense. It can help you work out how to pose the question and how to get people brainstorming. It can lead you to determine what to do with the list of ideas generated.
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Let's make rhythm To relax the atmosphere of a meeting, to set more friendly beginnig and to spot out the importance of group/team work
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i) Sherman Tank
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Introduction Interview The intent of this method is that participants feel more comfortable around each other and to create a more informal atmosphere.
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Non-Verbal Walk Participants see the impact of non-verbal communication and to recognize the importance of stereotypes and first impressions and feel the strength of non-verbal communication, while having fun meeting new colleagues.
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strategic planning
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Effective Organization Conversation To discuss the characteristics of an effective and an ineffective organization and to struggle with avoiding the characteristics of an ineffective organization.
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Arrival Marbles To enable a group to safely talk about their feelings and concerns in arriving at a meeting.
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Impatience by participants To deal with impatience by some members of the group or the group as a whole
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Advanced Dotmocracy The goal of this process is to collect and discuss ideas among large groups.
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Paper Tower Game For Part A To reinforce planning, cooperation and to realize that perceived boundaries might not be real.For Part B: Knowing the technical limit does not guarantee that it can be reached if there's not enough time but that you still get a lot better result through detailed planning and learning. It is also to become aware of assumptions and planning is useful.
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Recipes for Teamwork To allow a diverse group to combine their ideas and by doing so to get better acquainted with the way one another think and work
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Brick Wall and Starry Heavens To do quick evaluation of the days work in the midst of a longer program.
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Problem Trees To enable a group to consider and build relationships among all of the relevant detail when defining a shared problem or challenge
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Imaging the Future To create a series of images of the future as a means of exploring possible actions and to be excited of creating a series of images of the future.
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The Wall of Woe To enable participants to externalize their own negative perspectives toward a situation they must manage. This is intended as an opening exercise at the beginning of a workshop, although it could turn up when it’s clear the group is facing what they consider an impossible situation.
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Positive Deviance In every community there are certain individuals (the "Positive Deviants") whose special practices/ strategies/ behaviors enable them to find better solutions to prevalent community problems than their neighbors who have access to the same resources. Positive deviance is a culturally appropriate development approach that is tailored to the specific community in which it is used.
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Reports To share information and knowledged that has been generated by a smaller grouip
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Discussion of a model This is a way of refining or further develop a model, plan, plan or a solution to a problem.
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Eliminate To be able to reach agreement by eliminating alternative solutions that participants can not live with.
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Participant's summary To move the group toward a decision when they seem to be stuck.
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Email Questions The intent of this method is to enable groups who find it difficult to participate in group workshops. It allows people to prepare their thinking before hand and even discuss the questions with colleagues.
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Missing communication To develop realisation in a team that they need to communicate more/better. Even if they think they have what they need, someone else in the team may have vital extra information.
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One or Two Silent Members Improve participation of everyone in the group.
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Needs and Offers Negotiation To develop an agreed to plan
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Symbols warm-up Use early in process, to enable participants to get to know each other and begin to focus on appreciation and listening skills. This also sets the tone for a workshop where we pay respectful attention to each other's aspirations and thinking.
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Personal Pictures Participants introduce themselves in a more visual way and experience some new aspect of the people they work with.
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Group Juggle This process can be used so as to learn each others' names and develop some sense of interconnectedness or to release stress.
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