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SUCCESS – it’s not always what you see. A garden analogy for facilitating teams and organizations

SUCCESS – it’s not always what you see. A garden analogy for facilitating teams and organizations

I am a member of a local community garden and last week, saw this sign drawn by a gardener on a whiteboard in our garden shed. Stay encouraged, be positive. SUCCESS – it’s not always what you see. I immediately

Camping, journaling, and facilitation: What do they have in common?

Camping, journaling, and facilitation: What do they have in common?

One book closes; another opens. My family’s new camping journal is underway, unexpectedly leading me to think about camping, journaling, and facilitation, and what they have in common. For more than 30 years, my family has written a journal about

Learning while “Zooming” over seven weeks

Learning while “Zooming” over seven weeks

I recently facilitated a seven-part series about nonprofit board governance and teamwork for a 12-member board of directors. The platform was Zoom, the sessions were 1½ hour each held weekly over seven weeks, and most of the participants had only

Virtual Idea 3: Active listening in a virtual session

Virtual Idea 3: Active listening in a virtual session

I love using an active listening activity in an in-person facilitated meeting, workshop, or session. Active listening is a quick, yet powerful, activity as it gives participants a way to collect their thoughts about a topic and then express them.