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It’s Like Riding a Bike: Highlights from the MAFN DC Workshop, May 29

In Active Learning, Coaching, Confidence Course Facilitator, Facilitating Genius, facilitation skills, High Ropes Course, leadership, Leave Your Comfort Zone, Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network, teamwork on June 2, 2015 at 4:47 pm

Here are select images from last week’s MAFN DC Workshop. Most of these images are from my slide deck. A few were taken with my iPhone camera, e.g., participants passing the hula hoop and the props carried in a MAFN backpack. For those who attended this event, please consider taking your clients outside and perhaps to a challenge course such as “The EDGE.” For those who missed out on this workshop, drop me a line and I’ll fill you in on what you missed. JL

 

 

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All the props fit into a small backpack.

All the props fit into a small backpack.

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#OutdoorNation

In High Ropes Course on October 8, 2014 at 10:42 pm

As a part-time staff member of George Mason University — working at a challenge course called THE EDGE — I’m a part of a team that’s competing in a competition to get outdoors. I can’t think of a more healthful and pleasant way to enjoy the fall season.

Here are a few images taken so far to document my outdoor activities. (Excuse the fact that these are all “selfies.” This is a condition of the contest and there are a lot of college-aged young adults participating along with those of us who may be called “boomers” or who attended the “Un-college”)

Leading a group of students at The EDGE.

Leading a group of students at The EDGE.

Biking along Route 234 (a.k.a. Dumfries Road).

Biking along Route 234 (a.k.a. Dumfries Road).

Walking along Route 234.

Walking along Route 234.

Taking a night time stroll at GMU's main campus.

Taking a night time stroll at GMU’s main campus.

Daydreaming.

Daydreaming.

Mowing.

Mowing.

Bagging leaves and vines.

Bagging leaves and vines.

Raking leaves. Now I know why they call this season fall.

Raking leaves. Now I know why they call this season fall.

Planting bulbs and anticipating a spring bloom.

Planting bulbs and anticipating a spring bloom.

Brisk walk along Route 234.

Brisk walk along Route 234.

Participating at our team debrief at the end of the day at The EDGE.

Participating at our team debrief at the end of the day at The EDGE.

We "pushed" 150 climbers over our Alpine Tower today. Students are in the bleachers waiting for their buses.

We “pushed” 150 climbers over our Alpine Tower today. Students are in the bleachers waiting for their buses.

Walking the boundary of my nearest National Park.

Walking the boundary of my nearest National Park.

Total Value Commitment

In Confidence Course Facilitator, facilitation skills, High Ropes Course, Leave Your Comfort Zone, teamwork on April 19, 2014 at 12:57 am

100 percent
effort toward group success.
Total commitment.

NYC CPC group balances the 360-degree Whale Watch.

NYC CPC group balances the 360-degree Whale Watch.

NYC CPC group accepts the Total Value Commitment.

NYC CPC group accepts the Total Value Commitment.

Yes we can! (roughly translated into Cantonese).

Yes we can! (roughly translated into Cantonese).

The key component to the Total Value Commitment hinges on everyone's dedication to group success.

The key component to the Total Value Commitment hinges on everyone’s dedication to group success.

Sticks, Hoops, and a Little Rope

In Active Learning, Confidence Course Facilitator, High Ropes Course, How To, Leave Your Comfort Zone, teamwork on April 15, 2014 at 7:17 pm

While attending the International Association of Facilitators North American Conference, I had the privilege to lead a workshop entitled: “It’s Like Riding a Bike.” This workshop focused on the importance and value of experiential learning and of designing icebreaker & energizer exercises with a purpose. Here are images from that workshop, offered in fulfillment of the promise I made to all who attended on Saturday, April 12, 2014, to share these posters and my handout in electronic form.

Fig 1 - It's Like Riding a Bike ... This poster was displayed at the entrance to our conference room.

Fig 1 – It’s Like Riding a Bike … This poster was displayed at the entrance to our conference room.

Fig 2 - Topographic Map which served as our  Agenda

Fig 2 – Topographic Map which served as our Agenda

Fig 3 - Get Out of Your Comfort Zone (and Learn)

Fig 3 – Get Out of Your Comfort Zone (and Learn)

Fig 4 - One can climb an Alpine Tower at The EDGE

Fig 4 – One can climb an Alpine Tower at The EDGE

Fig 5 - Elements of a Full Value Commitment

Fig 5 – Elements of a Full Value Commitment

Fig 6 - Challenge by Choice

Fig 6 – Challenge by Choice

Fig 7 - Reinforce 'Challenge by Choice' via a Call and Response

Fig 7 – Reinforce ‘Challenge by Choice’ via a Call and Response

Fig 8 - 'Expedition Thinking' serves as a useful analogy for many teams and groups

Fig 8 – ‘Expedition Thinking’ serves as a useful analogy for many teams and groups

Fig 9 - Don't Forget the Refreshments

Fig 9 – Don’t Forget the Refreshments

Fig 10 - ItsLikeRidingaBike (Handout)

Fig 10 – ItsLikeRidingaBike (Handout)

ItsLikeRidingaBike <= Handout as a PDF-document.

NOTE: Anyone wishing more information about the six team-building activities we did using those STICKS, HOOPS, and a little ROPE should leave a comment here or e-mail John@JohnLesko.Biz

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Sticks, hoops, and some rope;
simple tools needed for growth.
Experience it.

Start pedaling

In Active Learning, Confidence Course Facilitator, Current Events, facilitation skills, High Ropes Course, How To on April 12, 2014 at 5:43 pm

It’s like a bike ride. | You never really forget. | Just start pedaling.

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Hosted a wonderfully productive workshop at the IAFNA 2014 conference. A good time was had by all. And the course evaluations were flattering. Hmmm … Perhaps I should repeat this at MAFN or out at the EDGE.

ACCT certification training

In Active Learning, Confidence Course Facilitator, High Ropes Course, leadership, Leave Your Comfort Zone, teamwork on March 15, 2014 at 7:23 pm
Here's a panoramic view of my colleagues and friends from The EDGE taken at the end of our ACCT-certification training.

Here’s a panoramic view of my colleagues and friends from The EDGE taken at the end of our ACCT-certification training.

ACCT = Association for Challenge Course Technology

The EDGE

THINK OUTSIDE (No Box Required)

In Cartooning, Confidence Course Facilitator, High Ropes Course, Leave Your Comfort Zone on December 17, 2013 at 5:55 pm
Try to take in some exercise & some fresh air between shopping and all those holiday gatherings. #ThinkOutside

Try to take in some exercise & some fresh air between shopping and all those holiday gatherings. #ThinkOutside

Make a Memory

In Confidence Course Facilitator, Cool Ideas, Facilitating Genius, facilitation skills, High Ropes Course, Innovation on June 5, 2013 at 7:50 pm
We have the ability to create and alter our memories.

We have the ability to create and alter our memories.

While watching an episode of “Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman” I found myself doodling. I do this from time to time to practice my graphic recording skills as well as help me remember ideas that need remembering. Sometimes my doodles are literal recordings and other times they are remote associations between what I see and hear versus what I’ve been thinking about lately. The sketch above falls in the later category.

You can “connect the dots” if you wish.

* Neuroplasticity
* Journaling (see also http://bit.ly/18QMncn)
* Blogging
* Creative / Selective Memory

Please do comment if you too find ideas and concepts such as brain performance, brain training, and/or creative memory-making interesting.

Climbing at the EDGE

In Active Learning, Confidence Course Facilitator, High Ropes Course, Innovation on April 12, 2013 at 2:27 pm
The Alpine Tower is the centerpiece of the challenge course located at The EDGE.

The Alpine Tower is the centerpiece of the challenge course located at The EDGE.

Play at The EDGE – Cont’d

In Confidence Course Facilitator, High Ropes Course, High Touch, leadership on September 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm

To assist folks leave their comfort zone and enter into their challenge or learning zone — this is the essence of experiential learning that occurs on a confidence course such as found at the Mason Center for Team and Organizational Learning (a.k.a. “The EDGE“).  Of course the perceived stakes are higher (pun intended) when a group works through a high-ropes challenge.  On belay!

The “Turtle-Monkeys” (a group of 5th graders) save a box turtle that was hiding under the 360-whale watch and then apply their turtle- and monkey-inspired superpowers to complete their confidence course activity. Some students were still like the turtle and others balanced like monkeys.

7th graders successfully navigate their way along the Mohawk Walk.