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A Year of Leading Change with The Metropolitan Council global learning organization change Jan 28, 2019

 

Author: Gisela Wendling

 

Recently The Grove engaged in a yearlong project with the Metropolitan Council (Met Council or Council) in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, focused on building internal process leadership capability. The Metropolitan Council is a regional body that oversees all of Minneapolis-St. Paul’s wastewater, metropolitan transit, housing projects, and regional-planning efforts.

One of the Met Council’s major goals is to work more systemically and...

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Mapping Social Messes: A GLEN Exchange with Bob Horn social change visualization Jan 16, 2019

Recently Stanford scholar Bob Horn, longtime friend of The Grove and fellow pioneer in visual thinking, led a GLEN Exchange * introducing his “mess mapping” process for exploring social messes and their causes. Author of Visual Language: Global Communication for the 21st Century, he is a specialist in mapping complex social problems. Currently, he is writing a book called The Little Book of Wicked Problems and Social Messes.

In mess mapping, a group of diverse stakeholders tackles...

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Welcome the New Year with The Grove’s 2019 Calendar: 12 Months of Visualizing Change grove news Jan 04, 2019

 

At The Grove we help people come together to create something new. Clients work with us to begin new initiatives, create or refresh new teams, or set a new direction.

Whatever the facilitative challenge, there are patterns in the way we approach our work. Through metaphoric imagery, this year’s Grove calendar illustrates some of the basic practices that we use to facilitate a creative group process. Please follow along with our visual story, then download The Grove’s 2019...

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5 Neuroscience Tips for Creating Engaging, Productive Meetings grove news grove workshops Sep 10, 2018

 

Authors: Dick and Emily Axelrod 

 

Editor’s Note: Recently The Grove’s Tiffany Forner worked with Dick and Emily Axelrod to create a visual template and Leader’s Guide for their meeting planning process, The Meeting Canoe, which they describe in their book, Let’s Stop Meeting Like This: Tools to Save Time and Get More Done. We thought the following tips in the Leader’s Guide were so fundamental to good meetings that we asked if we could...

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Visual Consulting: Harvesting The Grove’s Change Leadership grove news organization change Sep 05, 2018

 

From its inception to the present day, The Grove has helped design and lead large organizational- and community-change projects by successfully applying its visual facilitation, teaming, strategic-visioning, and process-leadership methods. Now Grove founder David Sibbet and Gisela Wendling, vice president for global learning, have written Visual Consulting: Designing and Leading Change, the fourth book in the Wiley & Sons Visual Facilitation Series. It includes several new...

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Creating a Culture of Collaboration and Change at Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Business Administration organization change storymapping strategic visioning May 16, 2018

 

Recently the dean of The College of Business Administration at Cal Poly Pomona called The Grove for help. The college of six academic departments and more than 5,000 students needed to move beyond a culture of silos, update some of its administrative processes, and address what seemed to be a lack of opportunities for innovation. As the college was getting ready to celebrate its 50th anniversary and was shifting from a quarter-based to two-semester-based system, the timing was ripe...

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Cultivate Collaboration: Join The Global Learning & Exchange Network (GLEN) global learning the glen May 15, 2018

 

For more than 40 years, The Grove Consultants International has pioneered and supported a worldwide wave of interest in visual learning and facilitation. Now The Grove has launched The Global Learning & Exchange Network (GLEN), a network of process consultants, facilitators, team leaders, change practitioners, organizational leaders and more. Its mission is to increase people’s ability to collaborate across organizations and cultures by providing a learning community...

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The Book Sprint: Visual Practitioners Around the World Come Together to Write and Learn virtual collaboration visual facilitation Feb 07, 2018

 

More than 50 authors joined in a three-day global book sprint to create The Visual Facilitation Field Guide, a project launched by Jeroen Blijsie in The Netherlands. The book’s co-editors are Jeroen, Tim Hamons in Singapore, and Rachel Smith in the United States. The authors represent a broad spectrum of the field of visual practice. Their goal: to write a book that raises the profile of these methods and makes them accessible for both practitioners and clients.

Contributors...

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Three Ways to Refresh Your Strategy for the New Year strategic visioning Jan 12, 2018

Author: Laurie Durnell 

 

What can you do to get your team in sync for 2018? When people get lost in the details of week-to-week implementation, it is easy for them to get disconnected from the big-picture strategy. Early in the new year is a natural time to reconnect, review, and renew. Here are three ways to focus your organization or team and develop strategic insight for the coming months.

 

Option One: A “Bridge to the New Year” Session

Time Involved:...

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Happy New Year! Enjoy The Grove’s 2018 Illustrated Calendar grove news Jan 04, 2018

Happy New Year from The Grove! Our 2018 illustrated calendar is now available. The Grove’s Malgosia Kostecka and Tiffany Forner have populated each month with a playful combination of text and image. We hope the calendar inspires creativity for you in 2018.

 

Download / print a 1-page 11″x17″ calendar PDF

Download / print a 14-page 8.5″x11″ calendar (1-page-per-month) PDF

 

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“Hit the Beach”: VMware’s Storymap Opens Up Internal and External Communication storymapping Dec 12, 2017

 

The Digital Workspace Communication Challenge

Recently The Grove worked with VMware to develop a Grove Storymap® about its digital workspace product, Workspace ONE. VMware developed an amazing product but was running into some communication obstacles. As Kevin Strohmeyer, senior director of Solutions Product Marketing, describes, “We had been talking about the digital workspace both internally and in the marketplace for 18 months, but there was little consistency. More...

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Allan Drexler: In Appreciation grove news team performance Nov 05, 2017

Author: David Sibbet

 

I was saddened to hear that my friend and colleague Allan Drexler passed away recently. He was 88. In the 1980s, he and I co-developed the Drexler/Sibbet Team Performance Model® and the facilitative methods and tools connected with it. Without Allan, we would not have this model. The depth of his field experience with teams, coupled with his deep understanding of group dynamics developed in sensitivity training at National Training Labs, kept the work...

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