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Building a Better Team Metaphor team performance Jun 13, 2011

 

Author: David Sibbet

 

We’ve all heard of the term “team building”—based on the industrial-age metaphor that people are like construction blocks. You might not even think of this as being a metaphor, but it implies you start with nothing and somehow, after a group process, teams are “built” and everything works. When Allan Drexler and I set out to create a comprehensive model for team development in the 1980s, we agreed that the building...

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Grove Facilitates U.S. CIO Meeting Silicon Valley grove news Apr 09, 2010

 

 

David Sibbet recently graphically facilitated a meeting between Vivek Kundra, the first CIO of the United States appointed by President Obama, and a collection of Silicon Valley venture capitalists and technology innovators, including Mint.com, Mozilla, and Facebook, at IDEO Labs to discuss how government can improve how it is delivering services to the American people.

Doug Solomen, an old colleague of David’s from Apple, now works at IDEO and invited David to...

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Strategic Visioning Agenda Planning Kit Simplifies Strategic Planning Processes strategic visioning Mar 16, 2009

 

An uncertain economy requires resetting your vision, assumptions, and plans. And tight budgets mean you’ll probably need the tools to do it yourself.

The Grove has developed the Strategic Visioning Agenda Planning Kit to help you apply our Strategic Visioning Visual Planning System™ (VPS) to your most pressing organizational planning challenges. It’s flexible and even fun, and based on more than 30 years’ experience guiding organizations large and small through...

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TED2008: Fostering Insight by Communicating Big Ideas Visually grove news May 30, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Capturing “big ideas” visually is one of the things folks at The Grove do best, so the TED2008 conference offered a rich landscape of thought from which to work. The program for the 2008 gathering in Monterey, California was designed for participants to consider the really big stuff happening in our world today and contemplate the biggest questions facing us… Who are we? What is our place in the universe? How do we create?...

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Fostering Community-Building with Graphic Facilitation Training grove news May 15, 2008

 

 

 

 

 With studies on "social capital"-social trust, diversity of interactions and leadership-showing  that Greensboro, North Carolina consistently ranked below national average in trust between citizens, The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro partnered with several agencies to design the "IMPACT Greensboro" program and asked The Grove Consultants International for help.

In an effort to change this troubling dynamic in the community, a unique...

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Grove Wins OD Network Members’ Choice Award: “Most Innovative & Cutting Edge Organizational Development Practices” grove news Oct 23, 2007

In 2008, the Organizational Development Network (OD Network) honored The Grove with its annual Members’ Choice Award for contributions to the field of organizational development. With this award, The Grove was recognized for its “innovative and cutting-edge OD practices.” The OD Network is an international association, consisting of more than 3,000 members from all 50 states and abroad. Looking at companies whose practices can be applied broadly to communities or...

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Mapping a Visual History of Katrina’s Aftermath in Mississippi storymapping Feb 06, 2007

 

 At a unique trade show billed by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour as the first ever “Recovery Expo” in August 2006 at Biloxi’s Mississippi Coast Coliseum, booths showcased vendors selling everything from Kevlar siding to prefab homes, legal expertise and building and zoning advice. At the center of the hopeful gathering, a Grove Storymap™ helped attendees gain some perspective: a clear picture of the progress made in the state’s recovery efforts over...

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Visualizing Personal Growth: Africa Proves Fertile Ground for Graphic Facilitation graphic facilitation grove news Feb 06, 2007

 

 

It was while doing community development on farms in the Boland region of South Africa that Alinda Nortje, a former social worker with a statuesque frame, warm smile and wildly contagious energy, became deeply aware of the emotional baggage many people at the lower job levels in her country were carrying. Low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence, lack of a personal vision and a feeling of hopelessness due to generations of social oppression were common. 

Nortje searched...

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