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Transformational Leadership Prototype

The Transformational Leadership course, based on ToP advanced processes has been tested in Kiev in late February. Developed in Canada with input from curriculum from ICAs around the world, The Transformational Leadership course has two modules of 4 days each. Research into the course came from UK, Japan, Korea, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and USA.

Appreciative Accountability to Support Solid Implementation

Accountability is addressed in an appreciative way by setting up follow-up sessions to share progress and roadblocks encountered, with a spirit of supporting each other to be successful. Weekly or monthly “check signals” meetings allow for rapid pivoting when unforeseen events happen that affect the plans, either positively or negatively. The matrix above is an

Developing Consensus Using the Consensus Workshop Method

Some years ago, I was facilitating a community consensus workshop on “What are elements of successful public consultation?”.  One group sent up a card that said “more chocolate”.  Although the card was meant as a joke, we took it seriously and asked what they meant and where it most illuminated an element of successful consultation. 

Compressed Group Facilitation Methods Online Course

Group Facilitation is a foundational course for professional facilitators and will give you a thorough grounding in facilitation practice of two core facilitation methods. Focused Conversation Method Consensus Workshop Method This interactive course will be offered for 4 consecutive days from July 6 through July 9, 2020 on the online meeting platforms Zoom and Linoit.

Our 20th Anniversary National Tour Has Begun!

The first two 20th Anniversary events were held on October 10 during International Facilitation Week, one in Toronto and one in Yellowknife. The one in Toronto was co-sponsored by the GTA Chapter of the International Association of Facilitators.  The one in Yellowknife was sponsored by Dene Nahjo. The two events brought together a total of

20th Anniversary Tour

On October 1, 2019 ICA Associates Inc. celebrates 20 years as a company! We want to salute the people we have met across Canada with a 20th Anniversary National Tour. This will be an opportunity to connect with the thousands who have taken ICA and ToP™ training over the years and who have asked us

ICA Associates Values

As ICA Associates, Inc., we value: Comprehensive Context: Understanding the historical perspective and the whole system one is working in, and the diversity of perspectives. Consciousness:  Living life with intention and high awareness as we enter each day and each situation. Affirmation:  Acknowledging and saying “yes” to our own and others’ lives, to what is

Promoting Culturally Respectful Communication

Culturally Respectful Communication From the workshop on Facilitating Reconciliation between Settlers and Indigenous People at the IAFNAC Conference in Ottawa, May 2018 These ideas came from a group of 20 people, indigenous and settlers, Canadian and American, as well as several other nationalities, all of whom answered the question: What can we do as facilitators

Facilitating Reconciliation Between Settlers and Indigenous People

What can we do as facilitators to open dialogue and understanding among settlers and indigenous people in order to further reconciliation? This consensus workshop on reconciliation was done in a session at the IAF North America/Caribbean conference in Ottawa, May 4, 2018, led by a team of indigenous and settler facilitators. Twenty participants included indigenous

ToP Competency: Tips for Effective Project Management: Part 1

Dave Strong, CTF & Jerry Mings, CPF, CTF Building and maintaining a positive client relationship involves taking the time to work with a client to develop a shared understanding of what is required for a successful facilitated event or series of events. A facilitator brings a careful eye to how to build a constructive experience