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#19: Per Mission

Marlene Caroselli HRD Press, Inc. PDF

#19: Per Mission


Creative thinking via brainstorming, followed by critical assessment of the brainstormed ideas, are the two tasks called for in this activity.


To encourage the kind of creative thinking that is a prelude to meaningful corporate change.



Flipcharts (ideally, one for each table group)

20 minutes



If possible, arrange the seating so small groups of five or six can work together.



Any number of participants can engage in this exercise. If the class is particularly small in number, assemble table groups of only three or four. The exercise is highly interactive and so works well as a warm-up. It also works as a good summary activity, with which the facilitator can bring closure to what has been taught and can direct thinking into action plans for the future.

In other words, “What do we do next to continue the skill-building, the enthusiasm, the bonhomie that has been created during this training?” [Note:

The bathtub task, described in the Introduction, is in itself an excellent icebreaker or summary activity.]

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Chapter 7. Enough Inequality

Dietz, Rob Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Distributing Income and Wealth

Among the new objects that attracted my attention during my stay in the United States, none struck me with greater force than the equality of conditions. I easily perceived the enormous influence that this primary fact exercises on the workings of the society.


In 1897 two tremendously influential artists were born in the American South. One lived a life of poverty, died in his forties among the ashes of his burned-down house, and remained anonymous until years after his death. The other lived into his mid-sixties, garnered international fame, and accumulated plenty of money and prestigious awards.

If you have a name like Blind Willie Johnson, then you just might be a blues musician. In the life stories of blues artists, it’s hard to separate myth from fact, but according to a mishmash of sources, Johnson was raised by his father and stepmother, both of whom had a mean streak. When Johnson was seven years old, his father beat his stepmother when he caught her with another man. In a ghastly moment of revenge, she picked up a handful of lye and threw it into the face of her attacker’s son.2 Blind as a result of this violent act, Johnson turned to religion and gospel music. He went on to preach and perform on street corners. He played a soulful slide guitar while singing with a gravelly bass voice “that could grind glass.”3 He caught the attention of Columbia Records and recorded a set of songs between 1927 and 1930. Despite his musical talents, he lived his whole life in poverty. When his home burned down in 1945, he had nowhere else to go, so he remained among the ruins. In the open air, he fell ill and died.4

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13. Discovering the MIN Secret

Steffen, James Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

CAROL LOOKED over Rays shoulder as he sat at Woody and Prues dining room table writing down the now question. A puzzled look appeared on her face, and it was clear there was a big question coming.

I hate to say it, but Im not so sure this is very practical. If I have to stop and think about optimizing the what, why, and how of each action before I decide what to do next, Ill go batty. Isnt there an easier way?

Very insightful! said Woody.

Surprised, Carol and Ray exchanged wondering glances.

The ability to ask the right question at the right time says you understand, explained Woody. You asked a very insightful question.

Thank you, said Carol with a surprised look on her face. Im not sure why it is very insightful.

Prue spoke up. Asking the right question at the right time can empower us or others. Our brain is like a powerful question-answering computer. Each question motivates and guides our powerful computer brain. So you can see how the purpose, focus, and now questions motivate and guide us to take more control of each action and live better lives?

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33 Picture This

Wendy Denham HRD Press, Inc. PDF

33 Picture This



This activity begins with participants individually producing a visual image that expresses their thoughts about their company’s current appraisal system. The participants use the pictures as a base to elaborate on their thoughts. Similarities and differences between the views expressed on paper and verbally are then explored. A future course of action is then compiled, if necessary.

Ideally, this activity should be run with participants who all work for the same company. This exercise can be used in three ways:


As an icebreaker to encourage all participants to join in a discussion on their company’s system


As an energizer, providing variety during a course where many of the exercises are written


As a continuation of Activity 7: Bull’s-eye.

If participants generate their pictures as pre-work and bring them to the session, they can be used to discuss, produce, and agree on future objectives and action plans.


To establish the views of the participants on the current appraisal system

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CHAPTER 12 Gettysburg: A Case Study in Strategic Leadership

Edited by Mark Grandstaff and Georgia Sorenson Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

COL Mark Eshelman, U.S. Army, and COL James Oman, U.S. Army

Located 30 miles south of the U.S. Army War College is the Gettysburg battlefield. As a pivotal battle in the American Civil War—the war that affirmed our identity as a united nation—the battle of Gettysburg has particular significance for our institution, which is charged with educating and developing strategic leaders. As military professionals, many of our staff and faculty have combat experience and can identify with those who fought at Gettysburg in 1863. What happened at Gettysburg is part of our heritage, and when we remember and use it to develop strategic leaders, we honor those who fought and died there.

This chapter addresses many of the teaching points we offer to our students and the visitors to whom we give the Gettysburg staff ride. Since its founding in the early 20th century, the Army War College has conducted staff rides at the Gettysburg battlefield. The Gettysburg campaign provides insights into the theory and practice of war, strategy, and leadership.

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