One of the most frequently asked questions that I receive in the Leadership Practices For Challenging Times training program is, “How can a leader both facilitate a conversation and contribute...
The Performance Continuum is a very useful model for leaders and facilitators. It allows you to first diagnose the level of performance of a team by using the Observational Indicators....
The Process Enneagram seems complex at first. Here is a simple way of beginning to use the Process Enneagram.
Leaders frequently bemoan the idea of facilitating their teams with the statement, "It's like herding cats." Michael Grinder and I have been presenting a 2-day Master Class that teaches leaders how...
Sometimes leaders become the source of dysfunction in their teams. This short blog is useful for team members and leaders alike.
This blog focuses on techniques to assess group functionality and some key strategies on how a leader can move their teams to become more functional and productive.
I want to connect you to my January 2014 Newsletter that focuses on one of the most frequently asked questions and concerns in my training programs - "How do I...
You want to know how to identify Early Adopters in your organization or community then click on the 5 easy steps outlined in this blog and accompanying video.
We owe a debt of thanks to Everett Rogers who developed the Diffusion of Innovation model. This blog and accompanying video provide an overview of the Adoption of An Idea model and how to apply it to your organization and community.
This blog with the accompanying video outlines the Ladder of Inference Process developed by Chris Argyris and Donald Schon. Great process for surfacing the underlying values and beliefs behind peeoples' positions.
This blog features the work of Tim Dalamu from Dalmau Consulting on the Seven Conversations of leadership.
This is one of the most frequent dilemmas faced by a leader. It calls into question the leader’s most basic philosophy, beliefs and style. Without diving into all of these...
The 4 Step Action Planning Process is an excellent strategy to develop a completed action plan in about 1 hour. Great to use for small chunks of work, but disasterous for using for a big scope of work.
The Need Set Exercise is a great process to idenitfy highly-held values in a team. It can be used as a starting point for developing powerful team agreements.
The Decision Matrix is a powerful process for narrowing down several possible strategies to the one best strategy - especially when emotions run high.
Here is an informative blog on the use of the Process Enneagram as a conversation process. Two alternative approaches are covered along with the rational for using each.
This blog provides the leader and consultant with a powerful overivew of the William Bridges Model and Change and Transition and provides some real-life stories about the impact of organizational transition.
Totems, Taboos and Repetitive Interactions is a wonderful process for taking high level principles or values and operationalizing them into a powerful set of agreements.
This video provides a great review of the meaning and sequence of the Process Enneagram used as a planning framework.
This short story demonstrates how the "below the green line" is balanced with the "above the green line" in actual facilitated work.
"Are we going to eat or just keep on talking?" When people first learn about the 6 Circle Model they tend to misunderstand the model and spend too much emphasis on the "below the green line." Check this video out to get a better sense of the balance between the "above and below the green line."
The Process Enneagram can be used as a diagnostic tool, a facilitation design tool, a planning framework and a powerful conversation process. This video reviews the various strategies on how to use the model as a conversation process.
One of the most frequent questions I am asked in the trainings sessions has to do with, “When should you handle a difficult issue one-on-one rather than inside a team meeting”? This short video provides you with some answers to this important question.
Do you ever wonder about how to keep people focused and on task in conversations and planning meetings? Here are some useful tools and tips.
This blog and video provide a short, yet clear, overview of the 6 Circle Model of Leadership.
“What are the most important skills to be an effective facilitator?” I ticked the skills off the fingers of one hand, and this became known as the Five Finger Model.
Powerful leaders and consultants have an explicit "Theory of Practice". This video provides some of my thoughts about this important set of principles.
Do you remember City Slickers? Curly askes Billy Crystal if he know the most important thing to know about life. In facilitation, my answer is that you need to know your rational and experiential outcomes. To learn more, check out this blog and video.
Below the Green Line is much, much more than a model or theory – it is a way of being as a leader in an organization. This blog post provides a quick overview of the first chapter of an emerging book about, "Below the Green Line - Theory into Practice."
Knowing your outcomes - both rational and experiential is the name of the game for effective meeting design and facilitation. This blog reviews some key tips about designing outcomes.
This is the first in a series of articles about barriers to effective communication in relationships and in workplace teams. This blog focuses on the communication positions. First position is, "It is all about me."
“How do you create professional development (PD) opportunities that people want to attend?” Check out this blog to learn about my tips.
Facilitators chart way too much. Read this blog to learn about some helpful tips on when to chart and when not to chart.
Leaders and consultants are frequently frustrated about when to work on the long-term dyamics and issues as opposed to the short term urgencies. It seems they can never get out of short-term planning. Check out this blog to learn 2 big tips on how to do both.
This has got to be the most common concern of leaders and facilitators. This blog will give you some practical tips and strategies to handle people how dominate groups and teams.
May 23rd, 2019 - June 11, 2020 (Closed to Public)
This is a special leadership development series for the Ukiah Unified School District Leadership Team. Each session will focused on a specific model with associated tools and processes.
July 30 - July 31, 2019; October 23-24, 2019 (Closed to Public)
This is a special professioinal development series the California Education Partners team. Each session will focused on a specific model with associated tools and processes.
September 4 - September 13, 2019 (closed to public)
This is an 5-day Leadership Development and Facilitation Skills training program sponsored by San Bernardino City Unified School District. The intended audience is for Managers, Principals and Professional Development Staff.
6 Part Leadership Team Development Program - October 14, 2019- January 14, 2020 ( Open to the Public)
6-day Leadership Development and Facilitation Skills training program sponsored by San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools.
October 17th - December 13th, 2019 (Closed to the Public)
6-day Leadership Development and Facilitation Skills training program sponsored by San Bernardino City Unified School District. This program is for school leadership teams - Working on the Work.
January 16 - 17, 2020 (Open to the Public)
This is a 2-day Master Class for Leaders and Consultants. The class is focused on how to diagnose complex organizational issues and how to design effective strategies and interventions based on the diagnosis. No prerequisites are required.
February 13 - April 10, 2020 (Closed to the Public)
6-day Leadership Development and Facilitation Skills training program sponsored by San Bernardino City Unified School District.
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