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Methodologies

Our Favorite Tools

In our facilitation, retreats and training we employ methodologies that are used around the world by businesses, educational institutions, faith communities, service organizations, and government. Our service can be tailored to the needs of organizations of all sizes.


Appreciative Inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) brings people together around the art and practice of asking questions that matter. The process highlights what unites people rather than what polarizes them. It's enjoyable, creative, fun, and energizing. AI leads from what works and what is possible, rather than from what's a problem. These processes typically take considerably less time than traditional problem-solving approaches.

Jungian Personality Theory

Carl Jung’s theory of personality type is a powerful tool to help individuals and groups make constructive use of personality differences in interpersonal and work-related relationships. We use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, an assessment instrument based on Jung’s theory, by which an individual receives a type code. We help individuals “crack the code” to discover the richness of their preferences for processing information and making decisions. Colleagues enjoy many “aha!” moments discovering how to use, rather than be alienated by, opposite preferences and needs related to communication, decision-making, teamwork, and countless other dynamics.

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Nonviolent Communication

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is sometimes called "compassionate communication." In the tradition of Gandhi and other leaders of nonviolence, NVC is based on the work of Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D, and the Center for Nonviolent Communication. NVC is more than communication skills; it is a way of seeing and being that fosters empathy and compassion as the motivation for action rather than fear, guilt, shame, or blame. Using NVC, colleagues develop ways to use power with others, rather than power over others, to work together to meet the needs of all concerned.

The World Café

The World Café emphasizes bringing people together in a hospitable space that, by its nature, invites people to engage in conversations. This kind of environment encourages people to offer their best thinking, invites the exploration of possibilities, welcomes diverse perspectives, and fosters a receptive attitude of thoughtful speaking and deep listening. Participants work together to build connections among ideas, resources, hopes, and visions.