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Webinar Wrap-Up: Where To Start With Hybrid Meetings graphic facilitation hybrid meetings virtual collaboration Jul 09, 2021

What are the essential ingredients for successful collaboration in hybrid meetings? There’s certainly alchemy in a face-to-face meeting; the challenge is leveraging that energy and keeping online participants engaged. Done well, hybrid meetings combine the best features of both meeting types: in-person communication and virtual meeting benefits for inclusion, information sharing and interactivity. If anything, hybrid meetings have expanded the value of using visuals to create...

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Top 8 Ways Our Clients Are Empowering Effective Teams Jun 02, 2021

  

Recently, Laurie Durnell, Principal Consultant for The Grove, facilitated a user-group session with some of our clients who have fully implemented The Grove’s Team Performance System. All of the HR professionals we invited are in talent development, learning and organization development, or are dedicated to team development as their key role. They represent a range of organizations. Here are the top successes this group revealed about using Team Performance in their...

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A Conversation with Trent Wakenight graphic facilitation virtual facilitation visual facilitation May 26, 2021

 

In April, The Grove was thrilled to announce the addition of Trent Wakenight to its consulting ranks. For the past twenty years, Trent has helped to form and lead executive and work teams through vision and strategy development, change management and team-building processes, employing many of The Grove’s visual tools and methodologies in the process. He is already well versed in our core workshop offerings, so look for him in one of our workshops in the coming months. Following...

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9 Tips for Lightening the Load of Zoom Fatigue virtual facilitation virtual meetings Apr 29, 2021

 

During this past year of isolation, video-conferencing platforms have become a crucial way to stay employed and stay in touch, but they are increasingly leaving us overwhelmed and exhausted. Stanford professor Jeremy Bailenson has been studying the phenomenon of Zoom fatigue and outlines the four causes in a new study. We briefly describe the causes below and provide some of The Grove’s best practices for lightening the mental load of virtual meetings.

 

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Emerging Trends for the “New Normal” of Retention & Succession Management in 2021 leadership talent Jan 26, 2021

 

Author: Mike Tarbell

 

Many leaders are striving to anticipate what the “new normal” will look like in 2021. We are seeing some emerging trends and predict that the health and safety, political, racial, environmental, and economic dynamics of 2020 will lead to some talent, retention, and succession issues that leaders must plan for in 2021 and beyond. COVID-19 has accelerated the need for a renewed focus on talent retention and succession, as turnover will most...

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Evolving, Adapting and Growing Our Practice: An interview with Erin Gordon graphic recording virtual graphic facilitation Jan 26, 2021

 

We recently caught up with Erin Gordon, who will be leading the upcoming Digital Graphic Recording Intensive. She talked about her professional journey in visual practice and shared helpful tips for those starting out.

 

How did you get into this field?

I was a consultant—on paper—for the majority of my early career. I enjoyed the partnering piece of my projects but quickly learned advising didn’t work. My curiosity led me to other ways and methods to best...

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Grove 2021 Calendar – An Exercise in Democracy visualization Jan 05, 2021

 

Author: Tiffany Forner 

 

In November of 2020, The Grove put out a call in our community to submit artwork that answered the question, “What does democracy mean to you?” We knew this may be a complex question to answer, and we were hoping for a variety of responses. What we received was a wonderful array of interpretations from around the globe. We’d like to thank our contributors for helping us ring in the new year with creativity, community, and a...

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A Virtual Holiday Party Idea virtual graphic facilitation Dec 09, 2020

Author: Tiffany Forner

 

Need an idea for the virtual office party? Do a virtual gift certificate exchange using a digital whiteboard like Mural. It’s a nice way to keep the holiday party vibe alive and support some smaller retailers at the same time. Below are some basic instructions for setting up the game. The idea is very similar to a white elephant gift exchange. Look up the basic rules for a white elephant if you are unfamiliar. When the party commences, the game...

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Coro Staff Collaborate Virtually Across Centers leadership virtual collaboration Sep 30, 2020

 

Author: David Sibbet

 

Coro has been a pioneer in experiential-leadership education since 1948. Well-known graduates, such as Senator Diane Feinstein and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, started their careers at Coro. As COVID-19 hit in March and shelter-in-place restrictions began, Coro centers across the country faced a challenge going virtual and asked The Grove for help. Coro needed to transform a high-engagement, face-to-face way of working to a virtual setting. They were also...

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Questions from the Field virtual meetings Sep 30, 2020

Clients and colleagues are reaching out about the work challenges they are facing in this unprecedented time. The following represents some of the questions we are hearing and the approaches we are taking.

 

 

1) How do we help facilitators and meeting participants get comfortable with virtual meetings?

 We’ve found that facilitators who were comfortable with large conference rooms, large sheets of white paper and colorful markers at their disposal, are having various...

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Teaming in the New Virtual World team performance virtual collaboration Jun 23, 2020

 

Teaming in virtual space is challenging all of us, but recent Grove experience with teaching our Team Performance System online has left us excited and optimistic that real jumps in learning can happen in this format. In a recent certification workshop conducted for a client, participants expressed their sense of improvement in relationship building and team productivity through the use of high-engagement online activities.

Our certification workshop focuses on some key takeaways. We...

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Facilitating a County Office of Education in This Most Critical Time strategic visioning virtual facilitation Jun 22, 2020

 

The El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) reached out to The Grove early this year to assist it in some long-overdue strategic and prioritizing conversations. A plan was in place to conduct a two-day strategic-visioning offsite when the COVID-19 pandemic erupted, effectively stymieing the notion of an in-person process. The leaders at EDCOE chose to push forward and move the process online, and Laurie Durnell, principal consultant, along with Kayla Kirsch, Grove associate, led...

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