The foundational ToP methods training that introduces two core ToP methods: the Focused Conversation and the Consensus Workshop. You also learn how to lead a broad and flexible design for Action Planning. You will see the methods in action, practice using them and leave ready to use them. The training comes with a comprehensive manual to support your application of the methods. Two-day training.
DEEPEN YOUR ToP FACILITATION AS YOU DEVELOP NEW CAPACITY FOR STRATEGIC THINKING AND PLANNING!
ToP Strategic Planning is a structured methodology that releases individual and group creativity and deep thought around strategic issues and directions.This course provides practice in using the powerful ToP methods in a highly effective, proven application supporting groups in dynamic, consensual strategic thinking.The methods you learn are structured, yet highly flexible.
This approach to strategic planning covers:
Preparing for planning,Key methods to use in all strategic planning steps, steps and tools for bridging the strategic framework to a practical, doable implementation plan.ToP Strategic Planning will contribute to your ability to understand strategy and think strategically in all areas of your life.This model of strategic planning can be used by groups, teams, organizations, collaboratives—it is even helpful for couples, families and individuals. It includes creating a practical vision, addressing underlying blocks to moving forward, creating core strategic directions to drive change and bridging the strategic level to focused implementation for first year plans.The course is intensive with time to experience the model and see how all the steps are conducted. A comprehensive manual accompanies the course.If you have taken Top Facilitation Methods, this is the ideal course to advance your mastery journey in these methods.
Facilitators seek to create environments, contexts, and processes that help move toward a desired future. Often what is holding the present in place — attitudes, practices, approaches — limits the ability to move forward. Image Shift methods help facilitators and their clients look more deeply at the current state and then, help “shift” the group toward the desired future.
This is a course for trainers, designers, facilitators, and others who lead people and group processes.
*Please note that ToP Facilitation Methods, or TFM, is a pre-requisite course.
After taking this course you will be able to:
Creativity is sparked through collaboration. While the “lone genius” remains a beloved cultural image, the science of creativity shows that connections among innovators are what enable breakthroughs, large and small. Groups and teams are a critical place to cultivate creative thinking for innovative solutions.
This highly interactive course introduces tools and practices that groups and teams can use to heighten their creativity quotient. We will cover creativity tools and methods that focus on:
Come to this one-day course and expand your toolkit of creativity-inducing methods and tools. You will also receive a workbook with an expanded set of tools and resources.
Make 2017 the Year That You Commit to Taking Your Facilitation to a Mastery Level! CSF is pleased to sponsor Mastering the Technology of Participation (MToP), an intensive, stimulating and skill enhancing learning experience that enables all who participate to dramatically enhance their facilitation and facilitative leadership capabilities. This year long program provides 12 days of training in quarterly, three day increments along with opportunities for reflection, mentoring, further study, and practice. You will train and co-learn with an intimate group of other facilitators led by senior ToP practitioners. For those interested in becoming certified as a ToP facilitator, MToP will help you prepare for it. If you love the ToP Facilitation Methods and other ToP methodologies, MToP promises to deepen and increase your capacity to use these methods bringing you new tools, processes and capabilities with groups.
Do your have difficulties sustaining a plan once it has been initiated? Do you sometimes have difficulties helping your clients stay on track, bring new people into a team and bring closure? This course is about keeping plans and projects alive, relevant, doable and achievable. There is a large and powerful component for peer mentoring in this course.
This course prepares participants to –
Understand and anticipate the ups and downs of the implementation journey
Initiate dynamic plans
Sustain momentum in plans that the team has created
Review and reposition projects that are in process
Bring closure to plans and celebrate the team’s work
Heidi Kolbe, a mentor trainer from Sacramento and one of the team that has designed the course, is the lead faculty for this course.
The Social Process triangles provide a well-tested approach to analyzing social situations. For those working in local communities, issue campaigners, social networkers, faith-based groups, volunteers in service and public servants alike, the triangles can provide a simple and transparent tool for assessing and working with social dynamics.
This day-long session includes a summary book covering the model in detail. The Social Process Triangles, by Jon and Maureen Jenkins
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Why ToP Training? Participation matters!
The ToP methods have a 35 year track record of getting results for communities, non-profits, business and government. By adding ToP skills to your toolkit, you deepen your capacity to honor diversity, integrate the contributions of everyone and move groups to decision and action.