Visual Explorer™ Special Edition

About Visual Explorer: Special Edition

Visual Explorer™: Special Edition, is a set of 100 Visual Explorer images. These are a great add-on pack to Visual Explorer, and as a stand-alone starter set. The images are vibrant and metaphorical, diverse and global. The digital versions of the images are available with purchase of a printed set. Contact CCL Client Services to purchase and inquire (info@ccl.org).

Visual Explorer : Special Edition (sample)

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Sustainable Outcomes for Youth (VIDEO)

Sustainable Outcomes for Youth, in partnership with CRS Uganda funded by USAID.

Check out this introductory video on Sustainable Outcomes for Youth, a project recently launched by CCL in partnership with CRS Uganda funded by USAID.  Yonas Tegene (CCL Human Resources Director) is our wonderful host. Notice the use of novel tools including Visual Explorer. This comes to us from our CCL colleague in Addis Ababa, Birikti Haile. Thanks Birikti! (more…)

Visual Explorer Special Edition: Coloring Book Introductory Webinar (VIDEO)

Webex session links and slides are below:

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Leading From Within

Thanks to my CCL colleague Bert DeCoutere (IP and Innovation Lead at Center for Creative Leadership) for this description of his new experiential design for Leading From Within.

We worked with the central question: How can I continuously evolve into the leader the future needs me to be?

Leading From Within

The flow of the experience is to use what we have inside us to transform into what the future needs us to be.

We used Visual Explorer to discuss “me as a leader now” and “me as a leader in the future.” We explored four roots of our leadership: personality (Work Place Big 5), experience (Experience Explorer), values (Values Explorer) and identity (social identity mapping). Then we concluded the poster with our transformation journey ‘”from here to there” – using cards from the Transformations deck.

Introductory webinars for Explorers and Essentials

CCL Labs Webinar Tutorial Series Archive 2016-2017

Conversations for Creative Leadership

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Transitioning to the Third Act

Check out the great work of Nick Owen and Edward Kelly in the Third Act Conferences and Retreats!

owenFriday January 20th (1800) – Sunday January 22nd (1530), 2017

The Third Act Retreat: Transitioning to the Third Act
Facilitators: Dr Edward Kelly, Nick Owen & Annette Hennessy
The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire

A weekend working with our own stories of transition, our stages of development, and the ancient insights of The Elder Tales in our journey to What’s Next for us? A residential weekend of craic and inquiry in a delightful rural setting.

Single: £495; Shared: £445 per person; Non-residential: £395 (including lunches & dinners)

To reserve your place contact nick@nickowen.net or edward@thethirdact.ie

 

 

Leading sustained cooperation in fragile environments

A group of over gcsp-ccl35 diplomats, peacemakers, and leadership researchers gathered last week in Geneva, hosted by the GCSP-CCL Alliance and sponsored by NATO. Learn more about this fabulous meeting here. Our topic was leadership development and how to improve it for leading sustained cooperation in fragile environments. (more…)

Research methods and theories related to Visual Explorer

Our chapter in The SAGE Handbook of Action Research talks about the theory and research underlying Visual Explorer.

The main idea is that VE is a projective technique for assessment, evaluation, ethnography, and dialogue. Projective techniques have an honorable history via tools such as TAT, and Rorschach, going back to the work of Carl Jung. (more…)

Mediated Dialogue in Action Research

Here is an extended excerpt from our chapter: Mediated dialogue in action research, in The SAGE Handbook of Action Research, 3rd Edition, edited by Hilary Bradbury. To see the full chapter and lots of other wonderful chapters, get the Handbook!

The SAGE Handbook of Action Research, 3rd Ed., Hilary Bradbury, Editor

The SAGE Handbook of Action Research, 3rd Ed.,
Hilary Bradbury, Editor

Palus, C. J., & McGuire, J.B. (2015). Mediated dialogue in action research. In H. Bradbury (Ed.) The SAGE handbook of action research, 3rd Edition. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications. 691-699. Click here for the complete Handbook.

Here is our “how-to” white paper connecting this chapter to change leadership.

Abstract
Mediated dialogue is an approach to reflective, insightful conversation that is useful for action research and related endeavors, including inquiry as a part of leadership development. With mediated dialogue, various media (typically visual images, such as those in Visual Explorer™) are used as sources of metaphor and as places to project thoughts and emotions related to one or more focal questions. (more…)

Assessing Leadership at the Grassroots Level | Leadership Beyond Boundaries

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Visual Explorer: Special Edition

Our CCL team in Ethiopia develops leadership at all levels of society including with grassroots and community organizations. Monitoring and assessment are key to this work, and the team has invented and adapted a variety of useful methods.
Samantha Adelberg just published a three-part series of posts on this topic that I highly recommend. The first one covers the use of Visual Explorer as an interactive tool for assessing leadership challenges and capabilities. (Here is an older post that describes a similar application of VE in Afghanistan.)

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Review: “Well-designed Visual Explorer tool enables creative dialogue and collaboration”

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Here’s a review of Visual Explorer, from Innovation Management:

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Conclusion [full article here]

I like the Visual Explorer. The cards are of high quality, which means they should be durable tools that you and your team can use to open dialogue and explore new ideas. I like the fact that it isn’t just another card deck that helps you to generate ideas; rather, its primary focus is on facilitating discussion between people, building bridges between differing opinions and yes, even developing new ideas. And, as you may have gathered, I’m a big fan of the level of thinking, organization and presentation that went into the facilitator’s guide. A tool is only as good as the instructions that teach people how to use it. The Visual Explorer’s facilitator’s guide is first class all the way.

If you and your team are facing some difficult issues, or need to develop consensus on your organization’s future direction, or if you simply want to improve team communication and collaboration, then you may want to consider investing in this high quality toolset.”