Appreciative Inquiry & Prelude

Appreciative Inquiry [AI] is the theory and practice of organizational transformation developed by D. Cooperrider and S. Srivastva in 1992 at Case Western University. AI focuses on what works well for people as opposed to what doesn’t. During the process, members of an organization co-create a picture of the positive future organization they imagine using images and words. Research shows …

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Team Mental Models & Visual Thinking

Mental models are representations of the world around us that we hold cognitively, in other words in our minds. Such models help us to explain the relationships and situations we are in, condition how we act and react, as well as help us to predict what may happen next. Every individual has a unique mental model based on her or …

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The Whiteboard’s Visual Power

By Tim Riesterer, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer of Corporate Visions The Picture Superiority Effect says concepts are much more likely to be remembered if they are presented as pictures rather than as words. In fact, research has discovered that visuals are recalled six times better than words alone. But what kind of visual support works best? Is there a superior …

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Why Visual Thinking Trumps Documents & Spreadsheets

By: Cynthia Owens, Senior Consultant From: XPLANE xBlog Date: May 22, 2014 “We need this.” “This” is visual thinking and the “we” are professors from the top MBA programs around the world at the annual meeting for the Production and Operations Management Society earlier this month. Tucked into the challenging post-lunch slot, after papers on supply chain and before presentations …

Howard Esbin, PhDWhy Visual Thinking Trumps Documents & Spreadsheets

Win-Win Games

“Win-win games emphasize the importance of cooperation, fun, sharing, caring and overall group success in contrast to domination, egotistic behaviour and personal gain. All players are treated as equally important and valuable. Win-win games often also carry an ethical message of caring for the environment and a holistic approach to life and society. Win-win games are a powerful tool to …

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