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Using Liberating Structures to Unleash the Potential of Any Group

  • 28 Sep 2017
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Global Knowledge, 9000 Regency Parkway, Suite 500, Cary, NC 27518
  • 18


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In this session, you will learn the key concepts behind liberating structures and how to incorporate them into training, events, and meetings for radically improved results. You will have the opportunity to experience first-hand a few liberating structures and leave with some additional tools in your toolbox to promote self-discovery and learning, increase employee engagement, and spark creative problem solving. We think once you have been exposed to them you’ll love using them as much as we do!

Do any of the following scenarios sound familiar to you?

  • Discussions that get off track because of one or two people in the room
  • Training participants that are skeptical, bored, or disengaged
  • Difficult conversations are avoided and the real issue never gets addressed
  • Trainings that lead to no action
  • The loudest voices are heard while the quiet ones get lost
Instead of continuing to rely on the Big Five conventional structures (the presentation, the managed discussion, the status report, the open discussion, and the brainstorm) and hoping for better results, why not try a new approach? Liberating structures are adaptable microstructures that make it quick and easy for groups of people of any size to radically improve how they work together. Liberating structures allow you to tap into the full potential of any group and unleash creativity, insights, and co-creation.

This events learning objectives:

  • Understand what Liberating Structures are and how they are different from traditional facilitation techniques
  • Obtain hands-on practice with using Liberating Structures in small group breakout exercises
  • Learn how to apply Liberating Structures to your workshop activities to achieve desired performance, obtain deeper insights, and build commitment to action

Betsy Sheppard has a diverse background with experience in software development, system analysis and design, leadership development, and international education. Her most recent role was Director of International Field Programs for Semester at Sea, planning educational and cultural activities in over 40 different ports across the globe. She is passionate about maximizing individual and organizational potential by creating a culture and supportive environment to foster individual development.

Kate Scott is the Organizational Development Director for PTC, a global IoT Software Platform leader that helps organizations learn, predict, and optimize the power of IoT. She is responsible for company-wide OD initiatives in the areas of strategy and culture alignment, transformational change, talent management, and leadership development. She has successfully used Liberating Structures for driving culture change, leadership development, and creative problem solving and is eager to share tips and lessons learned along the way.

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