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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.

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.

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

Imagine what we could accomplish if …

In Active Learning, Active Listening, Alignment, Communication, Confidence Course Facilitator, Facilitating Genius, Innovation, leadership, Leave Your Comfort Zone, teamwork on October 6, 2013 at 4:30 pm
Imagine what we could accomplish if we simply got everyone 'all aboard.'

Imagine what we could accomplish if we simply got everyone ‘all aboard.’

There’s an activity used at many challenge courses called the “All Aboard.” Envision in your mind’s eye a set of platforms that vary from 3-foot x 3-foot, down to say a square foot. Have a group of participants figure out a way to balance themselves on this platform. Now imagine an even smaller platform like the one in this photo. No, I’m not asking how many angels might dance on the head of a pin. Yes, I am asking that one imagine what could be accomplished is we all got our thoughts aligned and ‘all aboard’ with a shared goal or intention.

It may not be a license to kill (like James Bond) but my license is good thru 2017

In Cartooning, Facilitating Business, facilitation skills, leadership, teamwork on August 16, 2013 at 11:10 pm
It may not be a license to kill, but my license is good through 2017.

It may not be a license to kill, but my license is good through 2017.

Excuse me as I share with you good news and a bit of a celebration.

Today I learned of my re-certification — as a Certified Professional Facilitator — by the International Association of Facilitators. This extends my license to serve & through 2017.  Yay!

And if you’re still reading this blog, may I share with you a little secret?

I wish that anyone who needs assistance with designing and executing an important meeting, workshop, symposium, or conference would promise to only hire professional facilitators.

Why?  Because those who earn their “CPF” have demonstrated that they have the core competencies required to do the job.

For a list of these professionals do visit http://www.iaf-world.org/index/Certification/OurCPFs.aspx

Okay, I’m stepping off my soap box.  Thanks for listening.

On Responsibility & Accountability: What’s the difference?

In Facilitating Genius, leadership, teamwork on August 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm
There's a world of difference between responsibility and accountability.

There’s a world of difference between responsibility and accountability.

A NOT so little birdie told me that selecting a venue is important.

In Alignment, Cool Ideas, teamwork on July 29, 2013 at 5:19 pm
This was no "little birdie" that whispered ideas into my ear during the prep-phase of my CABC gig. Some messengers come wearing combat boots.

This was no “little birdie” that whispered ideas into my ear during the prep-phase of my CABC gig. Some messengers come wearing combat boots.

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It’s a good idea to scope out the city or town before you facilitate an engagement. Here are photos from Annapolis, Maryland, taken while thinking thru the finer points of a 2-1/2 day gig.

(With my tongue firmly planted in my cheek) Some say Annapolis is a sailing town with a drinking problem. From my point of view, I’d say that this is a drinking town with a sailing problem.

The best team-building and/or executive off-sites are held in places where the group can both work on what needs to be worked on while also having a little fun over good food & drink. If you agree with this, please share your favorite venues and a few ideas about places to eat & drink and perhaps even break into song. All ideas are welcome; do keep your comments rated PG-13 or a “soft-R.”

D29 Area Governors’ Leadership & Team-Building Training

In leadership, teamwork, Toastmasters, Uncategorized on July 15, 2013 at 3:36 pm

D29 Area Governors' Leadership & Team-Building Training

Leadership, Team-Building, and Public Speaking — These were the topics covered by Distinguished Toastmasters Juliette Brown, Carolyn Bledsoe, and John Lesko at District 29’s Area Governor training on July 13, 2013 in Loundoun County, Virginia.

It’s time (again) to take flight

In leadership, Leave Your Comfort Zone, Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network, teamwork, Toastmasters on July 1, 2013 at 9:21 pm
In Greek mythology, a phoenix or phenix is a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor.

In Greek mythology, a phoenix or phenix is a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor.

Many organizations (typically non-profits and/or community groups) end their business or fiscal year on June 30th. These same organizations then start anew effective July 1st.

During this past month I received a number of certificates and/or awards for time spent in service to one organization or another. A friend of mine raised and lowered 30 flags over the Pentagon on Memorial Day and then presented one to me. Another organization marked the end of my two-year stint as the chairman of the professional development committee with the Mid-Atlantic Facilitators’ Network (MAFN). And just this past Saturday, I was given a small award for having practiced my trade as a graphic facilitator while advising the leadership team of Toastmasters International, District 27.

Thank you, Pam Boteler, for thinking of me while you honored the men & women who've served our nation. This flag will fly again on July 4, 2013.

Thank you, Pam Boteler, for thinking of me while you honored the men & women who’ve served our nation. This flag will fly again on July 4, 2013.

Memorial Day is a day to remember that in the defense of our nation, many gave something while a few gave all. I salute those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom and look forward to proudly flying this flag during future holidays. If you’re still reading this blog, please stand up. Somewhere someone is playing our National Anthem -or- more likely there’s a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine who’s on watch.

Success within any professional development program depends upon identifying talented speakers and then inviting them to share what they know with others.

Success within any professional development program depends upon identifying talented speakers and then inviting them to share what they know with others.

Two thirds of our workshop presenters at MAFN are published authors. When looking for good speakers start first with those who you think are thought-leaders in your field. Whether you agree or disagree with what they’ve written, remember that at least they took a stand and thought long and hard enough about such topics to form an opinion on it.

The leadership team I helped earned President's Distinguished District honors in 2012-2013. Well done!

The leadership team I helped earned President’s Distinguished District honors in 2012-2013. Well done!

… Which brings this blog article full circle. One of my favorite movies of all time is the classic film “Flight of the Phoenix.” There’s been a re-make of this story. Seek out the original if you can. And then resolve to take flight by re-engineering your talents and creating something anew.

Yes, I prefer the movie that features James Stewart over the re-make with Dennis Quaid. Both are superb but I've a fondness for Jimmy Stewart who also served his country as a pilot and officer in the US Air Force.

Yes, I prefer the movie that features James Stewart over the re-make with Dennis Quaid. Both are superb but I’ve a fondness for Jimmy Stewart who also served his country as a pilot and officer in the US Air Force.