RCLA Practice Notes

At RCLA, we are committed to broadly sharing the results and conclusions of our research into leadership practice and theory. RCLA Practice Notes offer practical guidance about sound leadership development practices, techniques and tools that draw on leaders' experiences addressing critical social issues.

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Spurring Dynamic Dialogue through "Fishbowl"

This Practice Note shows how to facilitate a collegial discussion that begins with experts talking in an "inner circle" that all participants are then encouraged to join.

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Using World Cafe in Complex Conversations

This Practice Note helps conference facilitators foster rich, in-depth small group discussions from which larger coherent themes can emerge for the entire group.

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Co-Creating Conference Agendas Through Open Space Technology

This Practice Note shows conference organizers how to invite participants to create their own agenda for work sessions to explore issues that matter to them most.

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Balancing Product Development and Practitioner Learning 

This Practice Note shows how to balance getting valuable input as part of developing tools for practice with creating an environment in which participants can learn and reflect.

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Story Circle Method

This Practice Note explains how to facilitate storytelling as a powerful tool for bringing people together to build relationships, identify common threads or points of connection and generate insight from personal and professional experience.

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Rapid Peer-to-Peer Resource Exchange

This Practice Note explains how to prepare and facilitate session in which leaders can exchange knowledge and resources with peers in under 90 minutes.

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Visual Tools in Facilitation

This Practice Note discusses how to use visual tools to bring clarity to a complex issue, problem or model by encouraging inclusion and participation, tapping into creative expression and tacit knowledge, and building group cohesion.

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Designing Peer-to-Peer Learning Exchanges 

This Practice Note discusses how to facilitate opportunities for valuable peer-to-peer learning and to address the challenge of applying the learning "back home" in participants' own organizations.

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