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  • Welcome to The Firefly Group
    learning strategies to help busine sse s and other organizations achieve their goals We provide training and facilitation services that are engaging participatory result focused and fun If you are looking for an enjoyable way to learn and if you want to include your whole group as valued participants click through the pages listed here Then contact us for more information Try it Out The Firefly News Flash Click HERE to read our FREE monthly newsletter designed to spark your passion for continuous learning The February 2016 issue is available which has a review of Nonsense The Power of Not Knowing by Jamie Holmes 99 Word Stories Click HERE to see what kind of a message ninety nine powerful words can deliver Buy the book Say It Quick To find out how we can help your organization plan collaborate learn or improve performance click Services To try some of our interactive learning strategies for yourself select Products To read examples of how to use every day experiences for learning choose Ideas To discover what makes us tick fly to Mission To hear what organizational leaders and learners are saying about The Firefly Group go to The Buzz To see who

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  • Services of The Firefly Group
    look at the knowledge skills and attitudes your people need to perform well Then we make sure our solution fits with your organizational culture policies and work environment This ensures the highest degree of learning transfer and application Recent Contracts Youth Life Skills and Leadership Manual U S Peace Corps Morale Well Being and Recreation Instructional Design U S Coast Guard Experiential Training for Managers and Trainers The Alliance for

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  • Products of The Firefly Group
    Wisdom Activities to Spark Conversations and Enhance Learning Wouldn t it be wonderful if each participant in your workshop left with a bit of sage advice tailored especially for them It would be difficult to send every person in your training to the mountain top But maybe there is a way to bring the mountain top to your trainees Words of Wisdom is a deck of fifty two cards each with a unique phrase that conveys a piece of modern day advice an unusual proverb or an astute insight The accompanying manual provides fifteen different ways to use the cards in meetings trainings brainstorming sessions and team gatherings With Words of Wisdom you can increase the relevance of training enhance retention of information and improve the application of new ideas back in the workplace Sample cards Insight is initiated by movement perceived on the periphery The clay does not criticize the hands of the potter Beware of trash talk it will surely be recycled Sample activities Values summarize and restate the beliefs that drive your organization Tweet capitalize upon social networking to promote organizational learning Interruption deliver lively lectures with a spontaneous and unconventional interjection 52 Cards Facilitation Manual 50 plus shipping Available Soon Firefly Activity File Vol 1 Firefly Activity File Vol 2 Firefly Activity File Vol 3 What is Community Learn about the many facets that compose a community and discover your role both individually and organizationally in building a positive community Snake Eyes A group activity that uses the role of the dice to invite participants to expand upon what they have learned in a training session 5 10 5 A fast paced review of training content that results in surprising and memorable connections Grandma s Attic What does a pine cone have to do with your corporate vision statement What s the connection between a squishy rubber animal and the latest change initiative in your organization This activity helps everyone gain deeper insight into important issues Mystery Theater Teams of participants collaborate using ordinary objects to point out the extraordinary things they are learning Books Say It Quick 99 Word Stories About Leadership Learning and Life Say It Quick is a collection of micro stories that take ordinary situations and turn them into teachable moments Use them for personal enjoyment the enrichment of your work team or to enhance your training program The book includes 99 stories 22 learning activities and tips for writing your own stories in exactly 99 words Order Say It Quick at 99 Word Stories HERE Talk Quick 99 Word Stories to Spark Discussion about Common Management Issues Talk Quick is twelve activities for teams and small groups Each activity begins with a story in exactly 99 words with discussion questions designed to bring group conversations to a deeper level An interpretation of each story is also included to highlight issues relevant to organizational life productivity and systems thinking The stories are cross referenced for topics such as Change Coaching Diversity Goals

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  • The Mission of The Firefly Group
    your presenters and trainers gain the competence they need to create interactive learning that sticks Instructional Design No matter what the topic we can make it more interactive more memorable more engaging more impactful We have designed training curriculua for organizations as diverse as the Peace Corps the Vermont Suicide Prevention Coalition the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and author Sally Hogshead s new book How the World Sees You Leadership Development Using a combination of the best leadership strategies available we create a custom approach to leadership development We work with our clients to identify specific leadership needs and connect those needs with systems thinking motivation theory and positive psychology to promote a collaborative organization Strategic Planning Our successful strategic planning process includes Discovery Analysis Prediction Deciding and Approval Each step is structured to solicit ideas from all stakeholders and insure their commitment to the long term goals of the organization Individuals in the organization also identify their specific responsibilities for implementing the strategic plan We Practice what We Promote Whether it s training presenters and trainers strategic planning leadership development or performance improvement we use games simulations and other interactive strategies to deliver content inspire thinking or make a point There are lots of reasons to use games Here are just fifteen excerpted from our standard list of Twelve Reasons Games are Great for Teaching Twelve Reasons Games are Great for Teaching 1 Games are fun They enhance interest and spark motivation in learners 2 Games are disarming People are drawn into the play and begin learning before they have time to let their inhibitions about learning kick in 3 Games build teams In the activity of play people create bonds that extend to the workplace 4 Games provide practice and feedback People can rehearse procedures and see

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  • Ideas of The Firefly Group
    t need a formal teacher telling me what I needed to learn I could decide that for myself whenever I discovered something I didn t know My challenge became putting this idea into practice For me it was difficult because I am not naturally a talkative person I tend to listen more than speak But I surprised myself by what I was able to say in a conversation as well as what I was able to understand I stretched both my language ability and my personal comfort zone So what s the point How is this relevant for designers and facilitators of learning Simply this if our goal is to improve workplace performance and develop learning organizations we cannot rely upon classroom training to do it all We ve got to help our participants realize that they can learn from each other They don t need to wait for the right workshop taught by an expert or the latest version of an on line course to do their jobs better The speed of business is fast enough that workers need to fine tune their skills and increase their knowledge on a daily basis And some of the best teachers they will find are the people they encounter every day coworkers managers administrators people from other departments and of course customers and vendors All they need to do is make a plan for want they want to learn try it out analyze what worked and what didn t work and try again The key is debriefing Most facilitators have their list of questions to help participants debrief games simulations and other activities That s where the real learning happens right Why not apply this to the workplace Let s teach our participants the process of questioning and encourage them to use it to analyze situations on the job There is something to be learned from every situation if we take the opportunity to analyze it My challenge for you then is to teach your participants the process of debriefing along with the workshop content Encourage your trainees to apply debriefing to their daily lives If you aren t sure how to do this start with yourself Stretch the limits of both your knowledge and skill Go beyond your comfort zone If you think you know everything pretend you don t and make a goal to learn something new about what you do every day And of course if you ever get stuck frustrated or confused there will be at least a dozen if not a hundred thousand people you can ask for help Brian Remer Did this ignite your thinking Top of page Changing the Tone through Motivation My daughter Tilden is learning to play the clarinet and our house has been filled with squawks squeaks and groans for several months now But all that noise is not coming from her musical instrument It s coming from my daughter You see she doesn t want to practice She squawks and squeaks

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  • Who We Are, The Firefly Group
    States For over ten years he has consulted with organizations affiliated with the state of New Hampshire Brian is a member of the International Society for Performance Improvement and has served on the Board of Directors and as chairman and president of the North American Simulation and Gaming Association He is noted for his ability to create a low pressure high impact learning environment View Brian s Curriculum Vitae HERE Kathleen Koski Kate holds a doctorate focused on Intercultural Communication an M A in Intercultural Management and a B A in Conflict Resolution After working in Spain for many years she was in human resource management and labor relations in manufacturing for 18 years in California and Massachusetts then taught adults for 14 years with the University Without Walls of UMass She has provided training to teachers and managers in cross cultural communication multicultural group dynamics and conflict resolution throughout New England Nanci Leitch Nanci s areas of specialization include events planning public relations marketing media relations fine art photography and videography She has a M A in International Administration and a B A in International Relations and Photography Nanci has worked in more than 13 countries in Europe South

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  • What People are Saying About The Firefly Group
    B I like games that have a metaphorical connection to the training topic The connection can either be that the game invites people to use a metaphor or that the game is itself a metaphor for what you are training about T Can you give some examples B Well in a game of mine called Five Ten Five people have to write five sentences using ten key words in five minutes Now of the ten key words half are related to the training subject matter and half are totally random words So people have to think of all the words metaphorically or their sentences won t make sense It s a fun way to summarize a workshop and people leave with catchy phrases they are likely to remember On the other hand you can take a Bingo type grid and load it with different job titles then have people mill around searching for others who fit the job titles If used in a workshop about professional networking or building sales contacts the game becomes a metaphor that represents what you are teaching about Yes people meet each other but you also can ask serious questions How meaningful or trivial are most of our contacts What s the result of making contacts for a short term win Who determines or controls the score card you use when making business contacts What is a real life analogy to the free space on a Bingo card How can we take advantage of that to develop our contacts And so on T What s so special about using metaphors B Our brains are made up of the physical connections between neurons and each new thought results in new connections So the more relationships we can establish between different concepts or ideas the stronger those ideas become in our minds Memory improves and concepts become incorporated into our thinking Metaphors make those connections in unexpected or novel ways They give our brains a unique hook to capture our new learning and secure the old Another thing that s wonderful about metaphors is that they are all around us If you look for them you can find connections and analogies between any two objects So you can literally turn anything into a metaphor if you challenge your mind to make the connections That means that anything objects events interactions can become a teaching tool Obviously some metaphors work better than others but the concept still holds true So using metaphors can dramatically increase your options as a trainer and teacher T Who has influenced your use of games B Andy Kimball has helped me see the value of identifying a theme or fantasy for a game to involve the players All things being equal most people would rather play a game based in the old west than today s office cubicles right Mel Silberman has been very inspiring to me He uses a lot of short quick simple games and activities but he gets a lot

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  • Stealth Engagement The Firefly Group
    threats and they respond to more than money Perhaps you should enlist a few stealth engagement tactics It s time to take advantage of intrinsic motivators the internal needs that drive performance But that can be tough because they remain hidden within each individual Learn about Autonomy Belonging Competence and Destiny the needs that drive behavior behind the scenes By making just a few changes in management and training you

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