Complexity | December 21st, 2015

Our programs create a simple, yet complex assignment to complete, where we intentionally introduce some chaos and ambiguity. This “business simulation” offers a rich review/debrief on clarifying the mission and goal, being creative with generating possibilities, how decisions are made (communication, decision making process, work flow), how leadership emerges, how time and resources are managed, […]

Cook-ing with Rock | November 20th, 2015

I recently spoke with musical and organization (sorry, organisation) consultant cohort from across the Atlantic, Peter Cook, who leads Human Dynamics and The Academy of Rock, a creativity and innovation consultancy with an enviable network of associates and clients around the world. Peter is based in the UK and has been working from a similar […]

Short Case Study from East London | August 12th, 2015

London—An old not-for-profit kicking off an innovation initiative organization-wide. Business case from the CEO, some concepts and examples of innovators and missed chances—then getting the participants into action: – Groups identifying brand and ups and downs associated with it – Some warm-up discussions on what innovation means to you – Then some unusual brainstorming that […]

The Art of Experiential Learning | July 1st, 2015

The art of experiential learning facilitation is in how the debrief/review is utilized to cull learning from experience, and having a process that reveals the system and using the insights to create useful actions that transfer the learning back to the operational system⎯and still having some fun with it. It can be frustrating as a […]

Call Us, Right Now — 845-687-2100 | June 23rd, 2015

Whatever you’re looking to accomplish at your meeting, training, conference, offsite, retreat, or gathering of your folks, it’s an important time when you all gather together–the time that defines who you are, who you will be, how you will interact, and what you will accomplish. The time together is pricy not only in terms of […]

Purpose | June 8th, 2015

Entrepreneurs often feel the Bach Sculpting feeling—though they are metaphorically a composer, they also have to sculpt, dance, paint, write novels and poetry, act, direct, and market, sell, and do the accounting. It’s the old E-Myth principle where businesses are started by technicians or specialists who haven’t acquired the basic business skills or knowledge, or […]

On the Road in Nashville | May 1st, 2015

To see a narrated short film derived from this article: I first came to Nashville after bouncing back and forth to California the month before. Calif had just helped me get over the late Winter Catskill funk that I won’t bother to talk about, except that it had something to do with wind, snow, […]

On the Road in Nashville–Article excerpt | April 17th, 2015

Gig time: at BB King’s Blues Club downtown. We’re in the basement, and it looks like a blues club—brick and cement and old black velvet backdrop; could use some stale beer incense cuz it smells too good. Sound ready to go, set our stuff up, start making some soundcheck noise after all the bustle, and […]

Why music is efficient in facilitative processes | April 1st, 2015

Intuitive and analytical brain Music affects our intuitive brain as well as our analytical brain. This means that we understand the mood and feeling “instinctly”, but we also reflect on the music in different matters. Which can help the implementation of changes after a workshop or teambuilding. Secondly organizations can learn a lot from the […]

Why Do They Do It? | March 13th, 2015

In early February we held sessions with two groups (200 people each) of leaders of the HR organization that is driving the change initiative. Their idea is that they need to be the change they want to see—walk the talk. Each group spent a day taking a deep dive into training and exercises around themes […]

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