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

 

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

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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Managing Team Integrations team performance

 

Author: Laurie Durnell

 

Increasingly teams are being mashed together: different specialties or functions, or different parts of organizations being merged as a result of leadership experimenting with cost-cutting or efficiency initiatives. This new landscape of teaming benefits from focused approaches to syncing up these newly formed teams. The goal is to integrate their efforts smoothly and achieve the organizational benefits they were reconfigured to achieve.

For example, in...

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Let Grownups Be Grownups in Remote Meetings virtual facilitation virtual meetings

Author: Rachel Smith

 

In The Grove’s recent Facilitating Virtual Collaboration workshop, the topic came up about how facilitators can engage participants in a remote meeting so that they don’t check email, tune out, stop listening, and fail to … well… participate. My unusual and occasionally unpopular advice: it’s not entirely your problem.

 Let me clarify. As a facilitator, and especially as a facilitator of remote meetings, it’s my job to...

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Global Collaboration: The Grove Partners Program global learning grove news

 

Collaboration, networking, relationship. These ideas resonate with many in The Grove’s network, from clients and associates to consultancies in places all around the world that wish to foster creativity and collaboration in their businesses. With this last group, the consultancies, we have formalized a pathway to partner with The Grove.

 

Who We Partner With

The Grove Partners Program is for small-to-mid-size consulting firms collaborating with The Grove on client work,...

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WATCH VIDEO – Fundamentals of Flipcharting: Lettering Skills, with Malgosia Kostecka graphic recording grove news

Want to make your writing more legible when you are working on charts at work—or any other time when having readable handwriting smooths the way? Watch this short tutorial with Grove consultant Malgosia Kostecka:

 

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A Grove Update: Connecting Purpose, Core Values & Leading Change grove news organization change

 

In these turbulent times The Grove, like everyone else, is heading into rising levels of uncertainty. We know that uncertainty is also a challenge for all of our clients as well as the visual practitioners and change leaders we support. It feels like a perfect storm, and we’re preparing for the big waves.

 

Navigating Waves of Change

 

When change comes quickly from external forces that you can’t control, there are some imperatives. It is vital to support your...

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The Power of Fluid Teaming team performance

 

Author: Laurie Durnell

 

The landscape of teaming no longer centers around just a single team working on one challenge for a period of time. Yes, such teams still exist, yet increasingly teams are as fluid as flocks of birds that fly through the sky, separate into pods, swirl back together and re-form again. Although every bird is more or less flying in the same direction, the configuration that any one bird is flying in and the group that is its flock differ from...

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Happy New Year from The Grove! Download and Print Our 2017 Illustrated Calendar grove news

For many years, The Grove has created an illustrated calendar. This year we’ve decided to offer a digital version to any and all. Artists Tiffany Forner and Malgosia Kostecka have integrated words and imagery in meaningful and metaphoric ways—much like the way we work with clients.

Two calendar formats are available:

 

Download/Print a one-page 11″x17″ calendar PDF.

Download/Print a 14-page 8.5″x11″ calendar (one-page-per-month) PDF.

 

We hope...

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