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Kenneth Boulding: Image Exercise To develop skill in using the behavior, image, message model of Kenneth Boulding and to experience the possibility of bring intentionality into changing behavior of employees.
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Key Questions for Recommendations Usually a quick way to reach a decision on the most important issues as perceived by stakeholders when the workshop is running late.
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Knowledge Sharing To determine what additional information, etc is needed by the group
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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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Leadership Conversation Participants reflect on qualities of good leadership
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Learnings from Working Cross Culturally Workshop To gain insights about the Cross-cultural learnings we have had in working another country and to become excited about what we have learned and to be aware of what we have not learned.
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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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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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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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Lining Up This is a good and fun way of introducing people and getting them talking.
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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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Making a Team Video Using the principles of team-based leadership, use the existing skills within the team to produce the best possible team product (a video) within the time given and reflect on the team work process and to Experience the perspective of other team members (?seeing with their eyes?)
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Making Differences Visible To clarify the differences between different perspectives or positions.
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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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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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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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MATEC To generate very divergent technical solutions for technical problems using word association
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Materials Auction (Construction actvity variant) Add extra planning element to team building activity.
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Matrix To use two sets of variables to generate ideas.
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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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Meeting Processing To enable the participants to reflect on their experience ofthe meeting.
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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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Minimal Participation To enable equitable participation of participants.
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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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Mission Pyramids For a group to develop a mission statement or other similar statements.
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Model building To develop a model of a situation.
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Morphological Analysis Morphological analysis builds upon attribute analysis by generating alternatives for each attribute, thereby producing new possibilities.
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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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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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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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multi-voting To select from a list of ideas for further work.
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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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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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Musical Neighbors To engerize the group and loosen people up
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Mutual Influence Conversation To consider the influence that two or three stakeholders have upon one another
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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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Name Tents To provide visual signals for the facilitator about what is happening with the group. To decrease the risk of disruptive behavior by providing channels that it can take.
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Needs and Offers Negotiation To develop an agreed to plan
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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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News Spot To create story of the success of the project at the end of the planning session.
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Nominal Group Technique To allow a group to make a choice among a number of options or topics. This technique is effective when trying to decide on highly controversial issues or when a team is stuck or in disagreement. In most instances you will have finished discussion of the issues and some type of multivoting, and have selected a group of issues.
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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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One or Two Silent Members Improve participation of everyone in the group.
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Open Discussion To disucss a topic in a free form with the facilitator keeping everyone on the topic.
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Opening Conversation A way of quickly agreeing to what will come out of a meeting
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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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Our Worst Nightmare To create a shared vision, using a fun approach
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Paint the Picture To generate ideas based on shared information presented during the meeting.
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Pairing Pairing is an introductions ice breaker. This can also be used to divide into teams.
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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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