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News # 36: Building a framework for action: engaging thinking and attitude to create breakthroughs
News #35 From here + now to then + there: dealing with constraints and building on strengths.
News #34 Knowing where you stand Working together to create windows of opportunity.
News #33 Hopes + dreams + concrete = Practical Vision: creating a positive, shared picture of the future.
News #32 What is strategy… really? On the difference between strategic thinking, strategy development and strategic planning.
News #31 Working with complex visuals: how to tame horrendograms to help a group make better decisions.
News #30 Whiteboards - a tool for (almost) every occasion: just don't use permanent markers...
News #29 Real Questions pilot site launched. Don't let the politicians (and their parties) off the hook!
News #28 Style - a triumph of substance over fashion: how you relate to the group affects the outcome – for better or worse.
News #27 Product or by-product? Producing a tangible outcome strengthens the group’s sense of accomplishment and commitment.
News #26 Pacing the group for the long and short haul: paying attention to the human dimension of group work.
News #25 Planning + having the time of your life: respecting people with good scheduling and disciplined time management.
News #24 From space to place: take charge of your physical space to make it work for you.
News #23 Tools of the trade: flip charts: choosing and using flip charts for good outcomes.
News #22 On the dynamics of innovation: some similarities between innovation and facilitation.
News #21 Critical, crucial, difficult conversations: when there are high stakes, opposing opinions and strong emotions.
News #20 What do you do when.... well, it depends!
News #19 Cooking up a storm: why running a workshop is like baking a cake.
News #18 Out of the box! Keeping a lid on the chaos and the churn under control.
News #17 Toys of the Trade Whoever said that meetings had to be boring!?
News #16 Sound bites, spin, elections + outcomes: an alternative perspective on managing comments.
News #15 Cards on the table, or the wall, or... Making sure everyone gets the best deal.
News #14 Tools of the trade: beyond questions. Woodwork anyone? Collaborative tools, materials, processes and places.
News #13 Maximising Meeting (+ Workshop) Outcomes Sometimes a discussion is what you need rather than a full-on workshop.
News #12 Public memory and déjà vu all over again: keeping workshop notes on task.
News #11 Dead Horse Strategies: when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.
News #10 Participation 101: tuning in to participants so you can deliver better training.
News #9 In praise of the humble marker. Or - why I'm still searching for the perfect marker.
News #8 Getting the data you need: new outcomes demand new thinking, which in turn needs new information.
News #7 Staying on track: distil all the factors into a single question that sets and maintains the group's focus.
News #6 On with the show! Adding value through good design.
News #5 Towards worthwhile meetings: get to the point by going beyond the stereotypes.
News #4 How to plan a good meeting... A well run meeting requires good prep, clear event design and listening to the group in action.
News #3 Write it Down and Hang it on the Wall. Towards “public memory” and good process. Kudos to Ned Ruerte.
News #2 Tools of the trade: like journalists, facilitative leaders are interested in the gentle art of the Question.
News #1 Connecting the dots: a framework for organisation, staff + performance management.
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