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Envisioning Organizational Change Online organization change

 

Authors: Gisela Wendling Ph.D. and David Sibbet

 

When COVID shutdowns came in March of 2020, Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Extended University, which had become peripheral to the main colleges, realized it was time to reinvent itself. The rapidly shifting landscape of a new, all-virtual world, trends in lifelong professional development, and increasing demand meant the college needed to align internal and external stakeholders behind a powerful vision. The process was...

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

 

 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...

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Top 8 Ways Our Clients Are Empowering Effective Teams team performance

  

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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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