Workshops





Art of the Future offers training expertise in a number of strategy and organizational development areas.  All of these are are appropriate for in-tact groups.   Some are also made available periodically on an open enrollment basis.   We also offer customized workshops to meet a client's particular needs.

 



Areas of Expertise
Domains of Experience

Architectural/Engineering/Construction
Aviation
Chemical / Petrochemical
Consumer Products
Education including Higher Education
Environment / Sustainability
Export Import
Financial Services
Government (International, Federal)
Healthcare
Insurance
Manufacturing
Philanthropy
Real Estate Strategy
Reasearch & Development
Service Business (including Consulting)
Technology
Telecommunications




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Subject:      Healthcare Adventures 

Audience:       Leadership and  Management  Teams in Health Care

Duration:         Value Version: 6 Hours
       Premium Version: Whole Day
+ Preparatory & Follow-up Activities

Workshop Objectives: 

  • To expose anyone working in the field of heath care to operating room and clinical treatment conditions via a richly textured simulation
  • To distinguish between supportive and confusing behaviors, norms and procedures in demanding work situations
  • To use the stressful conditions of a simulated operating room environment to gain powerful insights about communication skills, role clarity, and teamwork
  • To incorporate observations about decision-making and communication gained from the exercise into the teams real-time discussion of an important organizational issue or opportunity
  • To establish a specific, six month action plan related to the decision issue for the team and each of its members
  • To articulate how actions will be tracked and evaluated by the team as a whole

More information on
Healthcare Adventures


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Subject:           Systems Thinking:
                            Tools, Methods & Skills for Organizational Effectiveness in a Complex World

Audience:        In-tact teams or Open Enrollment for organizational leaders, consultants and facilitators

Duration:        Two day introductory course  

Workshop Objectives: 

  • To increase your skills for understanding the causes and dynamics of performance (both good and bad)
  • To learn the vocabulary and diagramming tools for communicating about systems
  • To make progress on current work issues through class exercises and group projects
  • To increase your ability to help a team understand complex problems

    I'm sure glad the hole isn't at our end.



More information on the Introduction to Systems Thinking workshop

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Subject:           Appreciative Teamwork

Audience:        In-tact teams

Duration:        One day

Workshop Objectives: 

  • To provide the organization as a whole system with a common experience and language that supports a life sustaining environment
  • To understand the power of mind sets to create the world we live in
  • To help individual organization members listen to and direct their “inner dialog”
  • To practice using appreciative inquiry concepts and techniques
  • To build awareness of the talents and experience of all staff members
  • To explore techniques and create structures that will make appreciative interaction a habit in the organization.

More information on Appreciative Teamwork


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Subject:          Shared Vision Process

Audience:        In-tact teams of up to 25

Duration:        Two days

Workshop Objectives:                                

  • To create a clear, compelling, customer-focused vision statement for a company or its business units
  • To focus the attention of the entire team on the organization’s emerging future environment
  • To bolster a leadership team’s ability to step back from every day fire fighting and concentrate on success in the long term
  • To state ethical values and establish behavioral norms that will support the vision
  • To articulate a strategy that supports the vision
  • To build the capacity of the leadership team that supports the vision
  • To develop specific action plans to put the vision into action,
  • To craft an engaging communication plan for transmitting the vision to all stakeholders                  
More information on the Shared Vision Process


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Subject:          The Idea Factory

Audience:        In-tact teams of up to 25 people

Duration:        6 hrs

Workshop Objectives: 

  • To apply creative thinking and problem-solving to a specific business or organizational issue
  • To co-create specific responses to an opportunity
  • To generate a set of viable and exciting solutions to any problem
  • To select from all the ideas those that have the greatest potential impact
  • To develop a plan to put the best ideas into practice
  • To keep the possibilities of all good ideas front of mind
More information on the Idea Factory


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Subject:         Merging Cultures

Audience:        In-tact and diverse teams of up to 50

Duration:        1/2 day, one day or two days

Workshop Objectives: 

  • To use a dynamic simulation to understand that diversity comes in many forms
  • To take advantage of differences within a work system or social group
  • To apply a powerful set of concepts about difference based on race, creed, values, and/or personality type to a specific work context
  • To build the robustness and resilience of any organization
  • To gain insight into one’s own unspoken assumptions about who has more or less power and influence in any social situation.  
  • To discover that perceptions of “right and wrong” are frequently determined by who has power in a culture or organization

  • To facilitate mergers and acquisitions by becoming aware of cultural factors that cause them to fail
More information on the Merging Cultures workshop     

Quick Talk by Peter Senge on the
Impact of Globalization 5 minutes
Quick Talk by Peter Senge on the Organizational Culture and Learning 3 minutes


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Subject:         The Organization Workshop™

Audience:        In-tact and diverse teams of up to 50

Duration:        1/2 day, one day or two days

Workshop Objectives: 

  • To build whole system awareness via a stimulating simulation
  • To depersonalize disagreements and conflicts
  • To explain powerful insights into organizational dynamics
  • To demonstrate the power of a new personal mindset to govern behavior at work
  • To explore the widespread consequences of automatic responses to the everyday conditions of work life
  • To develop individual projects that will make a difference in the overall workplace
  • To see that every position in an organization has power and that every position can be meaningful
  • To learn how to see and treat organizational forces that create pitfalls for particular groups
  • To take advantage of an organizational system’s full potential for power
Learn more about the Organizational Workshop

Learn more about the Organization Workshop II: Global Consultants Inc. (GCI)
The Organizational Workshop is a pre-requisite for this workshop.  GCI Involves a more complicated version of the organizational simulation, such as multiple and,possibly, competing divisions.


Quick Talk by Peter Senge on the 
Transformational Change 3 minutes


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Subject:         Middle Power Workshop

Audience:        Middle Managers
                            from the Same of Different Organizations

Duration:        One day

Workshop Objectives: 

  • To master the dynamics forces impacting the Middle Space of organizational life
  • To build the positive power and constructive influence of Middle Managers individually and collectively
  • To practice Middle Management teamwork
  • To gain insight into the forces impinging on the effectiveness of Middle Managers via a stimulating simulation
  • To understand why more senior managers intervene so frequently in situations that could be resolved by Middle Managers
  • To experience first hand the forces that separate Middle Managers from each other, reduce their power, and limit the effectiveness of their organizations
  • To comprehend the stages of Middle Integration and apply them toward specific results
  • To identify the kind of quality information that those both superior to and subordinate to a Middle Management team need to support their efforts
  • To discover the key role that Middle Managers can play in planning for an organization’s future
Learn more about the Middle Power Workshop


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Subject:         Facilitation for Results

Audience:        Open Enrollment,
                            In-Tact Teams
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                            Project Managers,
                            HR  Personnel

Duration:        2-3 days

Workshop Objectives: 

  • To use real time experience to train people to facilitate effective meetings
  • To learn and use a comprehensive model of meeting facilitation
  • To distinguish between the key roles of facilitator, leader, scribe and participant
  • To practice developing an agenda for a meeting to assure buy-in from all attendees
  • To appreciate the stages of the group problem solving process
  • To understand and use a wide variety of tools for participation pegged to different types of issues and phases of the creative process
  • To appreciate conflict in a group and to utilize it to increase the importance and the dynamism of a group’s conversation
  • To rehearse skills for dealing with difficult people
  • To understand all the logistical steps that contribute to a successful meeting, both during the meeting itself and during follow up

Learn more about the Facilitation for Results


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Subject:         System Time Out Process

Audience:        In-tact teams of up to 50 people

Duration:        One day

Workshop Objectives: 

  • To articulate the focus of a team on a pressing organizational issue
  • To generate a lot of data about key issues quickly
  • To use an innovative interviewing process to capture how that issue is experienced by all members of the organization
  • To create an environment in which all perspectives are heard and valued
  • To integrate multiple points of view
  • To discover that everyone can coach
  • To see the benefits of coaching across an entire system
  • To generate an action agenda that can be implemented, tracked and improved upon over time

Learn more about the System Time Out Process


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Subject:         Managing Blink: 
                           A Workshop on Our Mindsets and Mental Models

Audience:       Open Enrollment Workshop/In-tact teams

Duration:        Half day or One day

Workshop Objectives: 

  • To discover the power of minds sets and mental models via a humorous and stimulating conversation about the way the way we think
  • To explore one’s mindsets about one’s self, other individuals and groups, and organizational issues
  • To see how mental models can lock us into unproductive thought and action
  • To use a method for discarding out-dated and negative mental models, mindsets and stereotypes
  • To discover the freedom that comes from choosing mindsets and mental models rather than living on automatic
  • To develop an action agenda to free the mind from unwanted cobwebs
  • To be exposed to some startling ideas about the positive possibilities of the post-industrial, post-informational economies

Learn more about the Managing Blink workshop

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Subject:         A Collaborative Approach to Conflict:
                           Working with Others

Audience:        Groups of up to 25

Duration:        Two days

Workshop Objectives: 

  • To work use the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory to understand the strengths and weaknesses of your personal style as a team member
  • To understand the power of mindsets
  • To discover some of the sources of conflict in organizational life
  • To apply the tools of Mindfulness to respond more effectively and creatively to disagreements and negotiations
  • To practice new skills using videotaped role plays of common challenging organizational interactions. 

Learn more about the A Collaborative Approach to Conflict: Working with Others

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Subject:         A Collaborative Approach to Conflict:
                           Learning and Using Model II

Audience:        Open enrollment or In-tact teams

Duration:        2 to 3 days

Workshop Objectives: 

  • To learn and apply a set of values, attitudes and behaviors that lead to a much more open approach to conflict.
  • To become skillful in writing personal learning cases about the sort of important and every day organizational events where conflict is common
  • To practice how to combine advocacy and inquiry to collaborate with others in polarizing situations
  • To apply a dramatically different model for interacting with others
  • To build a network of support for collaborative behavior among participants.
  • To use proven tools for interpersonal effectiveness such as:
    • The Ladder of Inference – a way to slow down automatic reactions to others with different points of view
    • Awareness Gaps and Actions Gaps -- the ways in which miss the defensiveness in our thoughts and our behaviors
    • Mapping the Organizational Learning Network -- Learning to see the consequences of openness and defensiveness in real time
    • The Center Ring -- appreciating that much of what looks personal in organizational life is really driven by the need to survive in complex circumstances 


Learn more about the A Collaborative Approach to Conflict: Learning and Using Model II

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Subject:         Fast Track Change Process

Audience:        In-tact teams

Duration:        3.5 to 5 days (in addition to preparation and implementation)

Workshop Objectives: 

  • To tackle “hard” business issues of two broad types:
    • Redesigning strategically important, cross-functional business processes
    • Solving strategically important business issues (requiring changes in structures and systems, as well as business processes).
  • Fast-paced, “whole-system” organizational change process for very strong, measurable business results

Learn more about the Fast Track Change Process


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Subject:         Seeing and Using the Big Picture:
                        an introduction to Structural Dynamics

Audience:        In-tact teams or Open enrollment

Duration:        One day

Workshop Objectives: 
  • To increase understanding of the dynamic forces in play in an organization's environment
  • To gain insight into current issues through activities designed to develop skills and innovative thinking
  • To develop the ability to help a team understand complex situations
More information on the Introduction to Structural Dynamics Workshop - Seeing and Using the Big Picture

The
Structural Dynamics consulting process is delivered in eight modules of 1/2 day each.  These can be flexibly scheduled to meet organizational needs.  It is recommended that they be spaced out so that the learning from each module can be applied in "back at the office" and the process can be deepened by thought and research between modules. 

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Subject:         Introduction to Thriving Communities:
                            Identifying a Magnetic Focus

Audience:        Community Leaders (volunteer and paid)
                              to train others in the community

Duration:        One day (afternoon and the following morning)

Workshop Objectives:
By going through the same highly interactive process they will teach to others, community leaders will…
  • Learn about a new type of community meeting
  • Gain insight into the web of forces that interconnect many issues
  • Get ready for action by seeing possibilities for change
  • Make supportive connections with their peers

More information on the Introduction to Thriving Communites.

The Thriving Community consulting process involves all the interested parties in a community of any type (e.g. municipalities, virtual communities, communities of practice, etc.).  The Thriving Community process results in a shared plan for action.  It can take as long as 6 to 9 months depending on the size, complexity and number of participating groups within the community.


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Subject:         Custom Designed Workshops

Audience:        Any organization or community of interest

Duration:        As required

Workshop Objectives:  Art of the Future can create custom designed workshops (CDW) to meet the needs of an organization facing its own unique circumstances.  There are many benefits to events that anticipate the future in a way that mobilizes positive energy behind organization strategy. The assumption of organizational leadership by someone with a new vision, addressing some pressing problem such as the need to rebuild an organization after downsizing, or initiating an important conversation about a dramatic new strategic direction are all examples of occasions where CDWs make sense. Frequently, there is no pre-existing design for such a meeting, and a powerful experience has to be designed from scratch or put together using existing modules in a new way. 


More information on the Custom Designed Workshops

 


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