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Advanced ToP Tools

Advanced ToP Tools


Generate collaboration, action and accountability

Advanced ToP Tools brochure

Pre-Requisite : Group Facilitation Methods or GFM Online *

*This course is part of the Facilitative Leadership Program and the Advanced Facilitator Program.

Get workgroups, departments and collaborations working together to ensure success after success. Bring diverse people together, focus their purpose and keep them on track using their own creativity to solve problems, build lasting solutions and learn from mistakes.

Advanced ToP Tools demonstrates how to generate real commitment from diverse stakeholders and empower multi-stakeholder collaborations to immediate implementation and lasting partnerships.

This course is part of the Facilitative Leadership Program and shows all leaders how to practically engage people in a more collaborative way.


Teams and multi-stakeholder collaborations that stall or plateau can get to the next level and beyond with ToP Advanced Tools. Reorient, focus and generate lasting solutions that are sustainable and action-oriented. ToP facilitation enables healthy, productive, collaborative work.

Launch and sustain major initiatives

  • Form effective task forces and committees.
  • Launch programs and campaigns.
  • Motivate and sustain coalitions and partnerships.

Get everyone working in the same direction

  • Design innovative models and solutions for complex situations.
  • Create practical action plans
  • Maintain project momentum

Turn conflict into positive energy

  • Diagnose, understand and address team issues and conflicts.
  • Move from conflict and confusion to conciliation and forward momentum.

Generate creative solutions

  • Establish meaningful and motivating contexts.
  • Blend individual perspectives into team consensus.
  • Elicit commitment and dedication
  • Generate joint solutions for complex situations.

Day One

Initiating an Effective Team

  • Group Journey Models
  • Claiming the Victory
  • Creating a Charter
  • Historical Scan
  • Framework of Participation


Day Two

Building Momentum

  • Team Morale
  • Understanding Team Conflict
  • Tools for difficult situations
  • Participation Guidelines
  • Model Building
  • Model Merging


Day Three

Sustaining Accomplishment

  • Leading a team
  • Project Work Planning
  • Coordinating Action Plans
  • Participation Guidelines
  • Model Building
  • Model Merging

  • Professional facilitators who work with a lot of teams, projects and workgroups.
  • Project Managers who are responsible for guiding initiatives to success
    Committee and working group chairs who want to use a facilitative approach.
  • Managers and executives who want to support groups throughout the organization through a style of facilitative leadership.
  • Front-line staff who need to work in a partnership mode with other groups and organizations.

The Focused Conversation Method provides a structure for clear dialogue and reflection, probes beneath the surface to the depth of a topic, encourages a diversity of perspectives and leads to decisions.


The Victory Circle and Project Charter creates goal and comprehensive reference guide for all collaborative work. Frameworking develops a network of support and collaboration.


The Historical Scan sets an evolutionary context for the work for all members. ORID Diagnostic and the Phases of Conciliation allow any group to identify and address the obstacles to effective team work, providing models for addressing conflict within the team.


Model Building and Project Work Planning create structural solutions for any problem and provide ways to move into effective implementation.


ToP Action Planning gets groups into effective action quickly and Event Orchestration makes all meetings, including reporting, interesting and productive.


The Project Tracking Matrix and the Team Journey allow desired impact and continuous improvement to occur, and new leadership to be reinforced for all future projects.

I’ve had challenging workshop objectives that I was able to tackle by using different combinations of many of the techniques used in the course.
Course Participant
I supervise 25 staff and each year they chose a theme for the “learning” portion of our staff meetings. Last year they chose effective teams. I will model some of the tools taught in the course throughout the year as ways they might promote effective teaming in their roles.
Course Participant
I learned a variety of tools. I have used many of them already and I only took the course a few months ago.
Course Participant
This workshop provided very rich tools that will be of great benefit as I proceed with a transformational project that is just beginning to emerge in my organization. I come back to the workbook to read and remind myself about the stages of the journey, and the approaches that I can use.
Course Participant
I have found these really assist me in planning my facilitation work. I can look back on some of my previous work and see where I could have improved
Course Participant
I learned the importance of drawing wisdom from the participants by leading and directing the facilitation process in a skillful way.
Course Participant
Shortly after the Advanced Tools Workshop, I did a strategic planning day with an eclectic group of people who know each other as fellow workers in different agencies. The information in the course helped me to get them pumped up to be working together on a common cause.
Course Participant

Courses Dates Available:


Collaborative processes for team creativity, action, and accountability

Use a team’s full creativity to solve big problems, build lasting solutions, stay on track, and learn from experience.

Additional information


Edmonton, Toronto


Sep 18-20, 2019, Jan 22-24, 2020, Mar 18-20, 2020, Sep 16-18, 2020

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