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Solution-Focused Coaching – tools for team interaction

By |2018-06-29T08:03:37+00:00June 28th, 2018|Coaching, Communication, Conflict, Empowerment, Facilitation, Strategy, Workshop, Workshop Technique|

We think we are open-minded. We assume we see all perspectives on an issue in a balanced, fair and Solution-Focused way. However research by Herbert Simon shows this not to be true. Our capacity to think freely is always bound by what we already know. And new ideas push us into the realm of resistance [...]

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How to keep the ball rolling when everyone else gets stuck

By |2016-11-18T10:04:09+00:00April 19th, 2011|Conversation models, Facilitation, Models, Workshop Technique|

Sometimes dialogue grinds to a halt. You put together an excellent agenda for a workshop but the group continues to get stuck.  The issue remains difficult to pinpoint.  This situation can be extremely frustrating for participants.  And it can be confusing and disheartening for the facilitator.  The conversation can go round in circles for hours. [...]

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A Decision Framework

By |2016-11-18T10:04:09+00:00March 23rd, 2011|Coaching, Communication, Decision making, Facilitation, Models, Workshop Technique|

I recently ran two workshops with different energies: In the first we planned a project. Although there were many unfinished ideas to be discussed, we agreed the tasks and deliverables which teams wrote up on sticky notes.  We sequenced the notes on a wall chart, putting in dependencies, responsibilities and durations.  I captured the plan in MS [...]

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Purpose – these three questions will clarify

By |2016-11-18T10:04:11+00:00April 14th, 2009|Coaching, Conversation models, Empowerment, Learning, Mission, Models, Purpose, Strategy, Vision, Workshop Technique|

The illustration for this note, 'Sword of Purpose', comes from the highly developed work of Wylie Beckert who posts on DeviantArt as 'Wylielise'.  I would strongly recommend anyone with the slightest interest in visual art to visit her website to see the magic she has created and reflect on the skill and care she brings [...]

Collaboration in initiating projects

By |2016-11-18T10:04:12+00:00March 14th, 2009|Coaching, Conversation models, Empowerment, Facilitation, Models, Project, Strategy, Workshop Technique|

Conversation is a powerful mechanism to draw a team around a plan of action if we understand how the process works and how to harness the dynamics. This is how my friend Arthur Gobey describes how ideas align: The arrows at the top are supposed to indicate how people arrive for a conversation with different [...]

Chaos, the rut and creative solutions

By |2016-11-18T10:04:12+00:00February 2nd, 2009|Change, Coaching, Conversation models, Facilitation, Models, Workshop Technique|

We all know that we live in an environment of constant change. "The only constant is change" is now a worn (out) cliche.  However it is true that changes need a calm area in order to flourish.  Years ago, many office notice boards had that quote from a sometime-BC Greek seaman about how they worked [...]

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A quick prioritisation tool

By |2016-11-18T10:04:12+00:00January 20th, 2009|Coaching, Conversation models, Facilitation, Prioritisation, Workshop Technique|

I have just completed a workshop with a client who wanted to work through a long list of actions in a very short time.  They wanted to focus on the priorities without losing the value of less urgent work.   During the briefing session, before the workshop, I suggested we use the matrix Steven Covey [...]

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Sticking to the model

By |2016-11-18T10:04:14+00:00December 5th, 2008|Coaching, Facilitation, Learning, Workshop Technique|

I attended a small seminar on Professor Downs’ Three Modes of Learning (The MUD model).   We did an interesting exercise, working in pairs to sort 30 activity cards into three groups which corresponded, if we got them right, wth the three modes  : Memorising facts,  Understanding concepts  Developing skills.   Prof Downs' research showed that we [...]

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