Workshop Leader Nightmare Part 2

Yesterday I wrote about a nightmarish workshop setup I walked into and had to improvise on the spot. You can read about it here if you missed it!   Making lemonade from lemons... I quickly popped in an Altoid, just in case, for the people in front of me, took a deep breath and got started. After a very short introduction and brief about why we were together, I quickly changed the order of my content.  Instead of providing them with key content, I went right into an individual activity called Choices, which shows the value of alignment with the[...]Read More...
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Peer Introductions

  This is a series of questions you can ask people to complete prior to coming together, use as a paired activity in the beginning or simply give them a few minutes in the beginning to ponder and then share. We have used this many times when a group is first forming, in conference settings where people who not know one another yet and even in intact teams who have worked together for some time. Below are the questions: How did I get here? Many people will answer literally – “by airplane, by car, etc”  Decide before you turn them[…]Read More…

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Example of Agreements for Full Value Contracts

  The Full Value Contract was introduced as a setup tool and below are some additional agreements you can use: Be present Pay attention Speak your truth Be open to outcomes Create a safe environment [hr] I will value myself and others. I will behave in a way that keeps myself and others safe. I agree to give and receive feedback and work toward changing my behavior when needed. I agree to work together towards individual and group goals. [hr] Try Hard Play Safe Be Fair [hr] Be here. Be present mentally, physically, emotionally. Be Safe. Create a level of safety so[…]Read More…

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Plus Delta as a Feedback Tool

Plus Delta Feedback Tool Plus Delta originated from Total Quality Management and is a Lean Six Sigma tool. The Plus Delta is a great tool to help you stay in alignment with your group over a longer period - a workshop or a retreat is great and a longer project is event better.  The tool works well because it helps each person stay focused on the positive. Even the Deltas - I have to have an idea of what I want if I want to see a change. Much of the time, I am working with a group of people[...]Read More...
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Individual and Group Loop

A balance between group and individual learning is the most exciting process a facilitator can create.  By understanding the process of individual and group development, a facilitator can create an experience to match individual and group needs. Below is a handout for your group, based upon Tuckman’s Model, that may help them understand where they are both individually and as a group in the process. While it is designed as a learning model for you, it is also a method to stimulate conversation with your group. Asking them to define for themselves where they feel they are individually and then[…]Read More…

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Full Value Contract

This full value contract asks you to agree to these five commitments as guidelines for group participation. Because I care about myself and my group, I agree to: Work Together: I with my group in order to achieve both my own goals and the goals of the group. I will support the group in achieving our goals. Be Safe, Emotionally and Physically: I will take care of myself and my group’s physical and emotional safety. This includes having a positive attitude, respecting each other, avoiding putdowns, and following directions. Give & Receive Honest Feedback / To Listen: I will tell others what I[…]Read More…

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