The Golden Circle Model

Before we begin our work on clarifying the vision and mission for a company or organization I recommend that everyone watch a Ted Talk by Simon Sinek explaining the Golden Circle Model.

This video has had over 25,177,210 views.

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership — starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers …

The Golden Circle

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SOAR – Strategic Inquiry Model

As the facilitator, Cora Whittington uses The SOAR Appreciative Model to identify Strategic Directions and Strategies and The Golden Circle Model to clarify the Vision and Mission.

This article contains highlights and descriptions from the work of Appreciative Inquiry experts Jackie Stavros and Gina Hinrichs

SOAR Process

SOAR-Appreciative Inquiry

  • Identify the positive core of the organization (strengths and opportunities)
  • Obtain clarity of vision and mission to align with strategic initiatives, strategies and action plans (aspirations)
  • Plan, ...
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Create a Highly Do-able Plan

IMG_2401“There were two corporate objectives that I wanted my staff to embrace, have a role in further developing, and implement over the next five years.

Cora provided us with an all – day session at her facility where we developed a highly do-able strategic plan based on my objectives!

Her system and processes were enlightening and fun – got everyone talking, ...

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Principles of Strategic Planning

What are the principles and techniques that unleash the power of strategic planning and ensure its usefulness not just to “create a plan” but actually to transform an organization?

The five principles below come out of the actual experiences of successful organizations, the rich literature on strategic planning, and new methods for bringing people together in constructive, creative ways.

1. The plan, the written document that strategic planning produces, is only 50% of the product. The other half is the revitalization experienced by the people in the organization: a ...

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Strategic Planning

Coach Cora guides you in developing a strategic plan that arises from the vision of the leader, captures the heart of the organization and draws on the special talents of participants.

Check out  how Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space, World Cafe and other processes may help you reach your goals. Strategic Planning Processes

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Strategic Planning Processes

Strategic Planning Processes

The gift of  a seasoned facilitator is the ability to be strategic, intuitive and conscious when working with your group or organization. As a  facilitator, Cora guides the process and creates the space to make it safe for you to deal with the issues at hand.

Cora Whittington is a “learn-a-holic”. She teaches facilitation, guides facilitation and is always learning and creating new and innovative processes. See the facilitation credentials tab for her ...

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What is Appreciative Inquiry?

Appreciative Inquiry is a solution focused approach that facilitates and creates the opportunity for the group or individual to allow wisdom to reveal itself.

Most change processes are based on problem-solving processes. With the problem solving approach, we start by asking “what’s the problem”. When we do that, we focus energy on what we want less of and work to “fix” things.

Appreciative Inquiry is based on a different set of assumptions. Here are some of them:

  • You create more effective organizations by ...
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