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Leadership in permanent whitewater: Playing with the metaphor (VIDEO)

The essay below was first published in 1997. Several generations of kayak design have come and gone since then, and David Magellan Horth and I have run the Nantahala River in a tandem kayak, twice. The main point of the … READ MORE

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Leadership, Learning, Life

Leadership, Learning, and Life are the three facets of who we are as individuals, as we learn and grow, work and play, take on leadership responsibilities, and live a full life with others. Each Wisdom Explorer™ quote has been selected to … READ MORE

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Experience Explorer in Singapore with Emerging Leaders

Here is a report from the field about using Experience Explorer in a program for youth leaders. Hi Meena, I’d like to share my first ever experience in using the Experience Explorer cards last Friday in a ‘live’ class. On … READ MORE

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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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CCL Conducts Evaluation with Afghan and U.S. Youth

Heather Champion, a senior faculty member with CCL’s Evaluation Center, recently completed an evaluation of Youth LINKS, a virtual cultural exchange program between youth in the United States and Afghanistan. Global Nomads Group, a U.S. nonprofit, in collaboration with the … READ MORE

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Organizational Leadership Development in Ethiopia Among NGOs

The Center for Creative Leadership has been working to make leadership development more accessible in our world through the Global Voice of Leadership (GVOL) initiative. The effort involves developing new models to reach out to new populations and regions. One … READ MORE

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VE at Cheetah Camp, Mumbai, India

Using the portable poker-card size prototype Philomena Rego from the Center for Creative Leadership worked with facilitators using Visual Explorer in support of grassroots leadership in India. Her reports can be found at Leadership Beyond Boundaries. Recently we have this … READ MORE

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Laos Leadership Forum 2007

Not only one tree will make a fence, not only the leader can create societal change. — Lao proverb A Leadership Forum was held on June 11, 2007 in Vientiane, Laos, aimed to raise awareness about the challenges of leadership … READ MORE

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