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Musical Neighbors To engerize the group and loosen people up
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Positive, Negative, Interesting Brainstorm Generate ideas about a topic that help evalutate it.
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Run chart The intent of this process is to graphically display shifts, trends, cycles or other patterns over time, which can be used to identify problems and also to monitor progress when solutions are carried out.
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Ask the group for input To move the discussion from between the facilitator and the disruptive person to the group and the disruptive person.
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facilitation
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Game Breaks (Word Search) for Online Facilitation This game break activity keeps participants engaged during an extended online meeting or training.
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Add Implementators to Team To unblock a group that seems to be stuck
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Human Spectragram A group face to face exercise to help surface similarities and differences in a group, help people to get to know each other and to do something together that is active.
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Opportunity and Threat Grid OD-7 To examine the uncertainties and risks as well as the opportunities of the project and to create an understanding of the risks and opportunities and the group's ability to influence them.
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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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the paper clip method Showing people the power of brainstorming
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V-R-C Process A quick planning process.
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Matrix To use two sets of variables to generate ideas.
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The Sound and the Fury A fun even silly game to loosen the group up and play a little.
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Crazy Brain Gym To engage participants in a fun exercise that uses all their senses.
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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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Multilingual Introductions This is a way for large groups to introduce themselves when they are several nationalities, languages present.
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Doing a round The intent is to get a contribution from everybody in the group.
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Critical Success Factors Participants evaluate participants' job in relation to the critical success factors of their company and experience the power of objectifying one's work with the critical success factors of one's company.
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Quick Reviews in 5 minutes This process is used when there is not much time left, but a review is nevertheless wanted or needed.
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MATEC To generate very divergent technical solutions for technical problems using word association
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Cause-and-Effect-Diagram This process is used to find possible sources of mistakes, or possibilities to improve certain factors in order to enhance the effect.
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Mission Pyramids For a group to develop a mission statement or other similar statements.
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Force Field analysis The purpose of this analysis is to create a plan for the implementation of change. Furthermore, it helps the team members to think realistically about changes and obstacles that might occur during a process.
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Fire Houses and Day Care Centers To move build consensus in a highly politicized and fairly polarized (yet congenial) group by moving them from positions (which polarize us) to goals and constraints (which may have more agreement than is indicated by the positions).
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Turn poem into subject keywords story
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Left-hand, Right-hand Column To be able to identify the internal dialogue that takes place when in conversation with someone else and to become aware of the tacit assumptions, which govern our conversation and contribute to blocking our purpose in real-life situations, and to develop a way of talking about those tacit assumptions more effectively
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strategy
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Recheck Project Mandate To unblock a group that seems to be stuck.
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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.
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SWOT Analysis To come to an agreement about the current situation of the project and to understand and appreciate the project's unique situation.
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Escalating Body Language to control talking The use of body language to suggest that a speaker has talked for too long and it is time for them to let others talk.
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Success Criteria To reach an agreement with the group about what a succesful outcome of the meeting would look like.
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Consensus Workshop Method This is the generic form of the ToP workshop specific applications many of which are found here.
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Mapping Road to Agreement Using a systematic approach to clarifying points of agreement and disagreement and to work through those of disagreement.<br> This technique should be used when clarity is needed about where there is agreement and disagreement.
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Panther, Person, Porcupine It is an easy, fun, silly, only remotely competitive, and rich with discussion-worthiness game.
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Pick an Animal This is a way of closing a workshop while leaving each person with a symbol of the work.
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Future vision Ask the people who are participating in the facilitation process to imagine that they live many years later, say 2020. In 2020 all the problems of the participant are solved and the goals are reached. Ask him/her to imagine how it has been done.
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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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