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Visual verbal videos: Creating reusable digital artifacts from Visual Explorer™ dialogues (VIDEO)

Action Learning Leadership Team Visual Explorer VIDEO from Charles J. Palus on Vimeo. KB, the facilitator of this action learning team, and creator of this powerpoint show, writes: It was a useful tool to that project – one of the … READ MORE

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Use of Collaboration Explorer and Visual Explorer in a Capacity Building Retreat in Nairobi

By Kathy Vaughan Center for Creative Leadership I used Collaboration Explorer and Visual Explorer as part of a retreat for a high performing team within a multilateral agency whose work is pro-poor. The team is comprised of core staff and several consultants. … READ MORE

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Leadership Explorer tools in Leadership at the Peak

Here’s a story of Wisdom Explorer in combination with Visual and Metaphor Explorers, from our colleague Dave Altman. Dave is an early adopter and shaper of the Leadership Explorer™ tool series. Dave is COO at the Center for Creative Leadership. … READ MORE

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The DAC Framework: Creating shared direction, alignment, and commitment

How would you know if leadership is happening in a team, in a workgroup, on a task force, or across the organization? Look for three important outcomes: direction, alignment and commitment (DAC). Making Leadership Happen, Cindy McCauley

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Learning from Workplace Experiences as the Portal to Successful Leadership

These cards are great. It is like a mini career planner for understanding which experiences I’ve had–and which ones I haven’t.” Anand Chandrasekar from the Center for Creative Leadership delivered an interactive workshop to 90 managers across four countries: Singapore, Malaysia, … READ MORE

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Values Exploration: Authentic Leadership Alliance

Thanks to Susan Tardanico for these insightful and detailed instructions for using Values Explorer. These instructions are great for individual, self-guided values exploration, and are a wonderful template for a facilitator or teacher working with a group. Susan knows what … READ MORE

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Visual Explorer at RedZebra

This is a brief montage of a Visual Explorer session from the enormously talented and creative folks at RedZebra. Notice the journal writing step that greatly enhances the depth of a VE session.

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Neighborhood Connections: Dialogue and Community Engagement in Cleveland

We enjoy hearing from people who are intrigued by Visual Explorer and looking for ways to use it in their own work. Below is a thread of conversation with Sue Wolpert, a change maker in Cleveland (here, here, and here … ) and … READ MORE

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One-on-one life coaching using Visual Explorer

From: Beth Dixson To: Horth, David; Palus, Chuck Subject: a Visual Explorer story Recently I gave feedback to an emerging leader, a participant in the Women’s Leadership Program at the Center for Creative Leadership. (I have disguised her identity in what … READ MORE

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The Magic of Metaphors: Tools for Leaders

Leadership Metaphor Explorer is a tool for helping a group or team think with more energy, insight, and creativity about the present and future of their work together. This post comes from Amanda Kowal Kenyon, SVP, Director, Organizational Development, Ketchum. Ketchum … READ MORE

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Building and Testing Visual Values Explorer in Somalia

This post comes from Aaron White at Leadership Beyond Boundaries. Aaron is Deputy Regional Director based at the new Center for Creative Leadership office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Here’s our virtual interview with Aaron: (More on contextualizing Visual Explorer at What is the biggest challenge that youth … READ MORE

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Wisdom Explorer™ used to open a discussion or introduce a leadership development program

David Magellan Horth writes … “I did this with a group of students and faculty at Birmingham Southern College. We were sitting in a circle so that made the beginning of the discussion a little more intimate and safe. I … READ MORE

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Boundary Spanning Leadership: Tactics for Success for People in Aid (VIDEO)

On December 5 2011, People In Aid and the Centre for Creative Leadership (CCL) joined forces to present a workshop entitled Boundary Spanning Leadership. The workshop, which drew its title from the best-selling book of the same name, explained how … READ MORE

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The Story Behind Boundary Explorer™

For ten years, CCL conducted two major research projects that provided the content for the book, Boundary Spanning Leadership, by Chris Ernst and Donna Chrobot-Mason, which ultimately led to the development of Boundary Explorer. The two projects were the Leadership Across Differences (LAD) project … READ MORE

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Values for Leadership and Sustainability at Multnomah County

Our colleague Darcy Winslow at The Academy for Systemic Change used Values Explorer to create conversations about leadership and sustainability among the executive leadership team in Multnomah County. Excerpts from her field notes and photos are below. Notice the leaning in, engagement … READ MORE

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Creating Possibility: The Sensemaking Workshop

More cool stuff on Strategic Conversations at the Brody School of Medicine by Bruce Flye. See his full post here and further background here. (Click on the beautiful photos to enlarge them.)  

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Moving to “Yes And”

Moving to ‘Yes And’ Thinking and Possibilities: A Workshop by Rabbi TZiPi Radonsky, Ph.D. Watering the Tree Outside the Fence It is January when individuals make promises to themselves. While being aware of the  ‘competing commitments’ that Kegan and Lahey write … READ MORE

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United Nations Development Program, Leadership Beyond Boundaries & Visual Explorer

Here’s a wonderful update from Steadman Harrison on the United Nations LEAD program developing leadership in Portuquese speaking Africa including “Team in a Box” and Leadership Beyond Boundaries. Featured below in the slide show is the Visual Explorer portion of the program–a … READ MORE

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United Nations Development Program, Leadership Beyond Boundaries & Values Explorer

Here’s a wonderful update from Steadman Harrison on the United Nations LEAD program developing leadership in Portuquese speaking Africa including “Team in a Box” and Leadership Beyond Boundaries. Featured below in the slide show is the Values Explorer portion of the program–a … READ MORE

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Leadership Explorer tools at the HMC Conference, St. Andrews, Scotland

Steadman Harrison from the Center for Creative Leadership took these great photos at the HMC Conference at St. Andrews, Scotland. More on global leadership at Leadership Beyond Boundaries. HMC Conference 2011 Scotland from Charles Palus  *** Here are collages from … READ MORE

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The Systems Skills for Managers Course at Virginia Tech

Our colleague Tom Hickok at the Department of Defense as been using Leadership Metaphor Explorer for team building, and for teaching management topics at Virginia Tech. In the note below he shares his successful recent experience using LME in his System … READ MORE

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Boundary Spanning Leadership in Sedona with Visual Explorer (VIDEO)

Facilitated by Rich Been and Rod Mahs from the Center for Creative Leadership. More about Boundary Spanning Leadership here. Boundary Spanning Leadership | Sedona, Arizona 2011 Facilitated by Rich Been & Rod Mahs

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A video taste of Experience Explorer™ in action

Here is a taste of Experience Explorer in action. Feel the excitement and warmth as participants explore the leadership lessons learned from one very memorable experience which they identify and share with each other.  … A scene from the video …

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Exploring the climate for teaching, learning, and working

Here’s a self-explanatory slide show from Bruce Flye illustrating his facilitation of  a group exploring how to create a climate conducive to teaching, learning, and working. Notice the “visual + verbal” collaging of the images with their emergent meanings. (Use … READ MORE

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Scenario Creation and Strategy Development

The Land that Time Forgot…. …  is Eastern North Carolina when healthcare reform requirements are robust–but the economy is chronically weak and there is no government funding support for the legislation. Our colleague Bruce Flye has done really fine strategy … READ MORE

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Creating an environment in which change can occur

The Explorer tools easily lend themselves to compelling and useful digital graphics. In this example Bruce Flye uses both Visual Explorer and Leadership Metaphor Explorer in helping this team of departmental leaders create their narrative for intentional change. The print … READ MORE

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Leadership metaphors guide the design of a leadership strategy

“I often describe the use of these cards and their companion, Visual Explorer, as greasing the wheels of conversation … “ Our colleague and Leadership Metaphor Explorer™ artist Bruce Flye posted a report on using LME for a week-long Planning … READ MORE

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Leadership Essentials for the Jamaican Government

“In this program we had all levels of the organization, from maintenance to trainers to managers. …   We wanted to do something to bring them into egalitarian unity, to recognize that everyone is a leader with gifts. We had them … READ MORE

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Life-Career Planning in an MBA program

“It worked! The images they picked really hit home in ways that surprised them.” From: Carol Connolly Bruce, To: Chuck Palus Chuck, I used Visual Explorer in my Mid-Career MBA course at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.   … READ MORE

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Visually exploring burn out

Cathy M. writes about her experience of Visual Explorer cards as introduced to her by her CCL feedback coach.This is a great illustration of using VE for one on one coaching, and also suggests a self-coaching process, in this case … READ MORE

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The global reach of Leadership Metaphor Explorer™

monk chat in Thailand thanks to Sarah Miller From: Wright, Joel Sent: 19 May 2010 11:45 Subject: Metaphor Explorer Question All, Clemson and I were talking about the Metaphor Explorer and he asked if I had ever used it cross … READ MORE

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Metaphors support reframing and strategic thinking

Here’s a way to use Leadership Metaphor Explorer™ for supporting strategic thinking during an online conference. Thanks to strategy and creativity mavens Kate Beatty and David M. Horth. From: Beatty, Kate Sent: Wednesday, April 07, 2010 12:31 PM To: Palus, … READ MORE

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Metaphor My Life (VIDEO)

Global Citizen Year Fellow Ananda Day talks about imagery, metaphor, and life: “Some people live their lives in technicolor. Others live life in misery. And still others live in ignorance, bliss, knowledge, etc. While there may not be one way … READ MORE

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“Can this blind man do Visual Explorer … ?”

“I was of course pleased to meet Enos and glad to have him as part of our program. My mind, however, began working overtime on how I would incorporate him into the upcoming Visual Explorer exercise. What could I do … READ MORE

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Effective Group Coaching

Jennifer Britton has a new book called Effective Group Coaching: Tried and Tested Tools and Resources for Optimum Coaching Results. On her blog she cites Visual Explorer™ as the first of My Five Favorite Group Coaching Tools This Year. An … READ MORE

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Opportunities to lead and experience full lives: Living the mission at UGARC

What does the mission statement mean to you? What do you need to do for the mission statement to be fully achieved?   – framing questions for the UGARC Visual Explorer sessions Our colleagues at the social services organization Ulster-Greene … READ MORE

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Creative conversations with the women of Kpendua, Ghana, West Africa

“This is the Nyobilbaligu Women’s Group having their monthly meeting on my veranda. Using the Visual Explorer cards, this meeting focused on thinking for oneself, creativity, problem-solving, and information sharing.” “[In these photos] three women at our women’s group meeting … READ MORE

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How Can Leadership Be Taught: Symposium at the Harvard Business School

Visual Explorer #517 Recently I had the pleasure of sharing our ideas about leadership culture with the symposium on How Can Leadership Be Taught at the Harvard Business School. Our conveners aimed at creating a shared body of knowledge for … READ MORE

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Levels of looking

Al Selvin has been a fine fellow traveler in the development of Visual Explorer from nearly the beginning. The first time I met Al we uploaded VE images into Compendium maps and a prototype of what we now think of … READ MORE

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Visual Explorer™ in Afghanistan

Here is a repost from the CCL Leading Effectively blog. Clemsen Turregano goes on to talk about members of the Afgan Army picking Visual Explorer images to define leadership “in their hearts and their heads.” clipped from lbbtest.net Leadership Essentials … READ MORE

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The Art of Public Service

Excerpt from Dean Ellen Schall’s Convocation Remarks Presented to 2009 graduates of the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service May 15, 2009 See the related New York Times article: What do you see? More at the NYU … READ MORE

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Need a Coach? Try an Avatar

A snapshot of a CCL coaching session in Second Life Reprinted from the CCL Leading Effectively e-Newsletter, April 2009.Contact Cresencio Torres Looking for a coach? Planning a meeting across time-zones? Hosting a conference, running a workshop or training employees? If … READ MORE

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Intro to Leadership Metaphor Explorer™ (VIDEO)

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Playing Cards with Al and Aldo

Today’s message from Al Selvin, live from the Tilburg railway station. Chuck, David, I’m finding the playing-card size VE very useful for spontaneous 1:1 sessions. Even the extremely rapid one that Aldo and I did this morning, in a coffee … READ MORE

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Leadership Beyond Boundaries

The Center for Creative Leadership is making a difference in grassroots leadership worldwide by means of our Leadership Beyond Boundaries initiative. Visual Explorer and Leadership Metaphor Explorer are just a few of the tools used in this initiative to have better dialogue … READ MORE

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Monk Chat in Chiang Mai, Thailand

From Sarah C. Miller at YLead: M chose two pictures, one to answer the question of how a monk should be a leader in the community and one to answer the question of how he wished to be a leader. … READ MORE

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Enneagram and Visual Explorer™

Enneagram- Colored pencil on paper, 30″ x 40″, 1997 by Lee van Laer submitted by Rev. Elaine M. Kebba, M.Div.Thomas J. Kebba, M.A. The purpose of using Visual Explorer in the context of an Enneagram Workshop is to begin the … READ MORE

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Powerful moves in Visual Explorer™ facilitation

Here are reflections from our partner Hamish Taylor, outlining some powerful yet simple ways of using Visual Explorer, including digital collages.“In the first instance, the challenge was to look at new ways of working in Global Virtual Teams. You can … READ MORE

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LME for off-site team building

Here’s another interesting and useful field report from Tom Hickok at DoD. Thanks Tom. —– I used the leadership metaphor explorer (LME) cards yesterday in a team-building off-site. The group that I support in the Department of Defense environment almost … READ MORE

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Understanding leadership cultures that enable innovation

Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2008 4:26 PMTo: Harrison III, SteadmanSubject: Leadership Metaphor Explorer Steadman, We used the LME with our media client last week as we originally conceived the exercise: the participants explored leadership behaviors that enable and disable innovation. … READ MORE

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