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Why “retreat” when your REALLY looking to “advance”?

In Active Learning, Active Listening, Alignment, Communication, Cool Ideas, Facilitating Genius, How To, Leave Your Comfort Zone on July 29, 2013 at 5:41 pm
Why do we call such meetings a "retreat"?

Why do we call such meetings a “retreat”?

The CABC’s board left Annapolis, MD, with a 100% consensus on their FIVE BOLD INITIATIVES required to meet their goals as developed in their strategic plan. If you ask me, this event was NOT your typical “executive retreat.” It was more fittingly an “executive advance.”

Here's a GREAT soft tossable that also helps to reinforce personal commitment or buy-in.

Q: Who has the ball? … Here’s a GREAT soft tossable that also helps to reinforce personal commitment or buy-in.

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A: If you’re reading this, then YOU obviously have the ball. And written on this tossable are your four not-so-obvious options.

Many facilitators I’ve spoken to use a so-called “talking stick” to pass around the room so that each and every participants’ voice is heard or at least given the opportunity to be heard. (Un)fortunately this technique is well known and comes with little risk or many surprises. It’s one thing to facilitate group discussion so that all voices are heard. It’s quite another thing to encourage folks to CHOOSE an option publicly and then commit to follow thru.

What props, toys, or tools do you employ while facilitating a group? Ideas that focus on personal “buy in” and/or the encouragement of commitment are particularly welcomed here. Please comment.

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