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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. Here is a link to our article on this subject. … READ MORE

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Using metaphors for better coaching conversations

Metaphors and analogies are the fuel and fire of thinking, according to a brilliant new book by Douglas Hofstadter. Visual Explorer and Metaphor Explorer are based in this insight. So I am pleased to have in front of me an insightful new … 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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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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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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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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LME reviewed in Choice: The Magazine of Professional Coaching

Leadership Metaphor Explorer™ was reviewed in Choice magazine , volume 9, number 1. “If you want more profound conversations, I recommend this tool.” Marcy Nelson-Garrison click the image below to enlarge text

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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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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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Can culture be intentionally changed?

Here is a re-post from CEO.com sampling John and Gary’s great new book. Leadership Metaphor Explorer™ is keyed to stages of leadership culture and is often used in organizational leadership development. Here is a summary of their book, Transforming Your … 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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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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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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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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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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Coaching with the Leadership Metaphor Explorer™

Our CCL colleague Clemson Turregano did an impromptu coaching session with his CEO client, using LME and the iLead (CCL’s customized version of the iPod Touch).“I was showing the new iLead to JX, the CEO of Big Co., India Division, … READ MORE

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Framing Questions for Facilitating Leadership Metaphor Explorer™

Here are steps and framing questions to use with the Leadership Metaphor Explorer™ Card Deck. This process can be adapted to any size group, for pairs of people, or for individual reflection. First choose a framing topic or question.“Pick a … 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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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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VE cards used in one-one-one interviews to assess an organization’s leadership culture

Jon Abeles (Senior Vice President, Talent Management & Diversity) used the small-size Visual Explorer Cards during interviews and focus groups, with the goal of assessing the effectiveness of senior leadership within a region. In one-on-one interviews dealing with sensitive corporate … READ MORE

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