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From Team-Bonding Activities to Team-Building

From Team-Bonding Activities to Team-Building

Team Bonding Activities—a stepping-stone to Team Building We’ve been neglecting team building. It hasn’t been on purpose. In fact, we’ve been trying hard to keep our teams together despite physical distancing and the absence of consistent day-to-day interactions. We’ve gotten together over... Read More
Photo Decks for Conversation Starters & Memorable Training

Photo Decks for Conversation Starters & Memorable Training

Have you come across a Photo Deck recently? You know those decks of innumerable glorious and provocative images? Perhaps you’ve seen them and wondered what use they might be. Photo Decks are popular for their huge variety of applications, especially as conversation starters. Some trainers and ... Read More
A Perfect DEBRIEF for a Perfect Learning Game

A Perfect DEBRIEF for a Perfect Learning Game

Let’s say you find the perfect learning game—for communication, listening, negotiation, leadership, process improvement, problems solving, critical thinking, time management—then what? Games work because they remove players from their usual setting and create a safe environment to take risks a... Read More
Me First: A Firsthand Experience with Game Buzzers

Me First: A Firsthand Experience with Game Buzzers

I asked Jonathan Winkler, a seventh grade history teacher in Newton, Massachusetts to test out a new Me First Buzzer System.  At my request, he gave it to me straight and shared his Game Buzzers experience—successes and challenges. To set the scene, understand that he introduced this snazzy new b... Read More
5 Tips to facilitate video training

5 Tips to facilitate video training

While we’re at no shortage for videos these days, the bigger question is how to make the most of video clips for memorable video learning, no matter how long or short they are. The exact prescription of what to do or how to do it, depends on the clip of course, but this handful of… Read More
Rose-Bud-Thorn for Processing and Reflection

Rose-Bud-Thorn for Processing and Reflection

You already know that learning requires an investment of time and mental focus. Listening to a lecture, reading a book, playing an experiential game, or watching a video can only get you so far. The real learning happens when you apply Thinking Methodologies to digest, discuss, and process the learn... Read More
7 Tips for Formulating Great Questions

7 Tips for Formulating Great Questions

As a designer of conversation starter tools, which I’m proud to say have been wonderfully received, I have some strong feelings about what makes a good icebreaker question and what simply fails to inspire sharing. If you’re hoping to weed through the millions of discussion-starter ques... Read More
Seals of Approval

Seals of Approval

As 2016 was drawing to a close, I got the happy news that two of our new fidget toys, Loopeez and Gyrobi, were selected among Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Toys of 2016. While I’m thrilled that our tools were recognized and am eager to add that seal of approval to our packaging, it got me thinking... Read More
New Ground Rules for Work

New Ground Rules for Work

As we try to regroup and refocus after our country’s “great divide,” we all need to work hard at setting new ground rules for respect and open dialogue. A refresher on good manners is long past due. As you talk with people who may  have different viewpoints, you may first want to ... Read More
Getting to Know You – How deep can you go?

Getting to Know You – How deep can you go?

I have a friend who’s always said you don’t have to get to know someone in the first 5 minutes… or even the first few times you meet. It takes a lifetime to get to know someone. How true that is. And yet, for many, our tendency is to rush and learn as quickly as possible… Read More