Tag Archives: applications of VE

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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Transforming Ethiopia’s agricultural sector

Our CCL campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is focused on democratizing leadership development for all parts of society. Their post below links to inspiring stories of societal impact. Notice the use of Visual Explorer, a tool that has proven useful for … 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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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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Visually Exploring an Interdependent Future (VIDEO)

Visual Explorer can be an effective tool for collaborative visioning. What follows is a visual case study of leaders in an organization connecting the current state to their desired future state in a series of images and actions, woven into … 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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What is the biggest challenge that youth face in Ethiopia?

Our Leadership Beyond Boundaries team in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, asked this question of former street kids, now leaders-in-training, using an Ethiopian version of Visual Explorer to start the dialogue: (From the bearded man clockwise … ) “The elders and our … 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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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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Visual Explorer™ Video Taste from Konsulentgruppen Innovator (VIDEO)

Konsulentgruppen Innovator from Denmark is using Visual Explorer for positive growth, leadership, learning and change management. This short video shows what a Visual Explorer™ session is like. The framing question in this case was How do you turn the financial … READ MORE

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Productive Brainstorming Using Visual Explorer™

Kristy Blackman, VP of HR at Lane Construction send us this application of Visual Explorer™ in a quick brainstorming session that ended two weeks of frustration. Notice how the card sized VE can be used on the spur of the … 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 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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Applying Visual Metaphors to Career Transitions

Dr. Robert Barner wrote this insightful and useful article on career coaching using Visual Explorer™ as the tool for metaphorical self-construction by the coachee.  His conclusion: “In summary, visual metaphors appear to constitute an important part of a client’s narratives and may provide a useful … 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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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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What do you see? Using Visual Explorer for admissions essays at the New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

click through to the New York Times article more on Dean Schall’s address more at the NYU site more at Leading Effectively CCL blog reposted from the New York Times, EducationLife section, Sunday, November 1, 2009 Below is the online … 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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Jane Goodall Global Youth Summit: Video introduction to VE (VIDEO)

Visual Explorer was used to close Jane Goodall’s Global Youth Summit, and the event was captured on video. The question posed was “What is one of the most important things that you learned about leadership at the Global Youth Summit?” The … READ MORE

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Picturing action learning

My good colleague Tom Boydell at Inter~Logics writes: Hullo Chuck … It was interesting to hear of your postcard and playing card versions of Visual Explorer. We continue to use the original form extensively – some of the pictures are … 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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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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Strategy as a Learning Process

Hughes, R.L., & Beatty, K.C. (2005). Becoming a strategic leader. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass An important part of strategic thinking is visual, imaginative, and intuitive. Visual Explorer is a tool for supporting this often neglected part of strategic thinking. VE supports … READ MORE

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Using VE in youth leadership programmes at Excelerator: The New Zealand Leadership Institute

We have been having an excellent ongoing conversation with Lisa Markwick at Excelerator: the New Zealand Leadership Institute about effective applications of Visual Explorer in her work. Here is a fascinating story about using VE to conduct pre-program interviews, and … READ MORE

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The Artists’ Mind

Our colleague Steve Taylor created this fascinating slide show from notes and images after a Visual Explorer session at the University of Bath, at a workshop he did on the topic Artists’ Mind. Also, take a look at Steve’s presentation … READ MORE

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Visually mapping the Culture Development Cycle

Abrasive Technology Inc. (ATI) held a workshop during which the associates explored their roles in the learning culture of the organization. The did two rounds of selecting and discussing VE images, first for the question “What is your role in … READ MORE

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“What is the top leadership talent challenge that your organisation is going to be facing over the coming years?”

Our colleague Natalie Pothier, leader of the Center for Creative Leadership’s coaching practice for Europe / Middle East / Africa, used our new Visual Explorer™ Post Cards at The Talent Challenge 2008 Conference, in London, to help the audience explore … READ MORE

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Visual Tools for Social Change Leadership at RCLA

In their May 2008 newsletter the Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA) at the Wagner School, NYU, announces the Social Change Leadership Network: “The Network will sponsor a dynamic set of activities and facilitate important connections among leaders that … READ MORE

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Bridging Differences: Finding Common Ground and Making Connections

The Leadership Across Differences Project at the Center for Creative Leadership uses Visual Explorer to build leadership bridges in workplaces and communities. more>> … also see … Leadership Beyond Boundaries: India … VE at the Laos Leadership Forum … From … READ MORE

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97 percent of the 89 employers surveyed believe that arts training is crucial to developing creativity

Here’s a message from Lou St. Ville (Director of Education and Development at Crate&Barrel, & an alum of the Center for Creative Leadership’s Leading Creatively Program) … From: St. Ville, Lou [mailto:@crateandbarrel.com]Sent: Friday, April 18, 2008 1:20 PMTo: Palus, Chuck; … READ MORE

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Visual Explorer applications: Ethnography, innovation, and market research

Because we represent the outcome of thoughts verbally, it’s easy to think that thought occurs in the form of words. That’s just not the case. … Gerald Zaltman Figure 1: “Comfort” can mean many things, even when used to describe … READ MORE

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Artful coaching: Visual Explorer as a tool for one-on-one leadership coaching

One-on-one coaching of leaders can benefit from artful coaching methods and tools (summarized below). Visual Explorer is one such artful coaching tool supporting a variety of coaching processes and objectives. Leadership Coaching at the Center for Creative Leadership>> Benefits of … READ MORE

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Retreats That Work with Visual Explorer

Visual Explorer goes with me to almost every retreat I facilitate—even when we don’t actually plan to use it … says Sheila Campbell, president of Wild Blue Yonder. Campbell is co-author, with Merianne and Jeff Liteman, of Retreats That Work: … READ MORE

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Visual Explorer experiments in one-on-one leadership coaching

Recently we introduced our prototype Visual Explorer Post Card Decks to leadership coaches at our CCL Asia Campus as a tool for one-on-one coaching. One of the coaches used the cards, and had some great questions–shared with our responses below … READ MORE

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VE in Palestine

Hello Chuck and David,We just got back from facilitating leadership development courses for the senior staff of three Palestinian ministries (Youth and Sports, Women’s Affairs, and Finance) where we used Visual Explorer to great effect. The stunning visual imagery made … READ MORE

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Transformation and healing

One of the Center for Creative Leadership leadership coaches using Visual Explorer in one-on-one settings is Rabbi TZiPi Radonsky, Ph.D. Her blog Society of the Vav has several posts on using our prototype Post Card size Visual Explorer to deepen … READ MORE

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ASTD Honors CCL & CHP Partnership

The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) has awarded Catholic Healthcare Partners (CHP) and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) two Excellence in Practice Awards and a citation for our work on CHP’s innovative Leadership Academy for executives and … READ MORE

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