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  • Firefly News Flash Archives, The Firefly Group
    February 2013 Quiet A review of Susan Cain s book about introverts January 2013 Procrastinate for Productivity The advantages of putting things off 2012 December 2012 SMART as Hell An interview with Glenn Hughes November 2012 The Honest Truth About Dishonesty A review of Dan Ariely s lastest book October 2012 The Group Work Deck The right attitudes for facilitators September 2012 The Biggest Impact Educator roles for better learning August 2012 Bioluminescence Shining a light on learning July 2012 Aromas emotions and learning with guest contributor Susan Otto June 2012 The Human Hand Insights about Oppositional Team Members May 2012 Imagine Comprehensive ideas about creativity s source April 2012 Foolish ideas are sometimes the most practical and inspiring March 2012 Are you paying attention It s International Listening Month February 2012 The Love Hormone Use it to your advantage January 2012 The Myth of Choice Why your decisions are not made as freely as you think 2011 December 2011 Organizational Constellations A new perspective on complex systems November 2011 Zoom How empty space provides a whole context October 2011 Hurricane Irene s lessons Using chaos to become organized September 2011 Change Anything Willpower is over rated in the process of change August 2011 Death by Meeting Making Meetings as productive as possible July 2011 An Interview with Michele Deck Memory Beads to keep thoughts in order June 2011 The Opposable Mind How to integrate polarities into new solutions May 2011 Do away with deadly dull presentations Discover the Prezi presentation tool April 2011 The Truth About Computers A review of The Man Who Lied to His Laptop by Clifford Nass March 2011 Speed Stacking Efficiency learning flow and developing a whole brain February 2011 The Y Ball Exploration curiosity and asking silly questions January 2011 Where Good Ideas Come From Creating innovative flow 2010 December 2010 Story Cubes The role of randomness in telling stories November 2010 Conversation Starters An interview with Jen Stanchfield October 2010 Tagxedo Open space for thinking September 2010 RAPT Attention and the Focused Life August 2010 Carpenter Bees The risk of covering your subject July 2010 Miniature Metaphors Learning from the little details June 2010 Chat Pack Stories The multiple functions of stories May 2010 The Speed of Trust and an interview with Kurt Nemes April 2010 Talking Pictures Training tools that use pictures March 2010 Drive Autonomy Mastery Purpose February 2010 The Brain That Changes Itself Thinking about your own brain January 2010 The Answer to Oil Spills Learning that s hair raising 2009 December 2009 The Fun Theory Will people be better citizens if they are asked to play November 2009 Free Diving Hold your breath for a change October 2009 Comic Relief Exercise your funny bone and learn more September 2009 Reinventing the Wheel Stay in sync at work or home August 2009 The X Ball A skeletal Icosidodecahedron for fun and learning July 2009 Mind Mapping tools to visualize your work June 2009 Start Goofing Around A review of Play

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  • Firefly News Flash, February 2016, The Firefly Group
    At the precise moment that we need a variety of options our brain is demanding that we make a choice any choice and move on Holmes explains that waiting to decide not forcing a resolution gives us time to question our assumptions test ideas and discover new options All this can result in better decisions better actions The ability to be comfortable with ambiguity is a combination of both personal temperament and one s particular situation Holmes offers readers a chance to score their own need for closure He describes the work of an FBI hostage negotiator who is highly success because of his low need for closure Another section of the book describes a process to increase innovative ideas Most inventors are restricted by the limits of their own assumptions By listing all the properties of an object as described by psychologist Tony McCaffrey one can identify and exploit obscure features of the object and use them for a novel solution The book also explains that people who have been raised bilingually are more likely to be comfortable with ambiguity They are adept at straddling two cultures and holding different realities as valid simultaneously As a result they are often at an advantage creatively Resources Nonsense The Power of Not Knowing by Jamie Holmes Crown Publishers New York ISBN 978 0 385 34837 9 See also my review of The Opposable Mind Winning Through Integrative Thinking by Roger Martin Harvard Business Press 2009 ISBN 978 1 4221 3977 6 in the June 2011 Firefly News Flash Ideas The Balance of To produce the best learning and coaching balance the desire for curiosity with Wait hold that thought Before I finish that sentence I d like to share a fascinating account in Jaimie Holmes book Nonsense Holmes describes the work of Michel Thomas an educator who has achieved astonishing results teaching various languages Imagine walking into his class to learn a language you know nothing about The classroom is set with comfortable leather chairs and soft lighting Thomas explains that you already know a lot about this foreign language so he tells you not to bother taking any notes Yet in just five days you are able to understand and translate sentences as if you d studied the language for five years How is this possible Thomas is a master at creating an ideal learning environment which can also be applied to a coaching session or team setting By removing the sources of stress creating safety and connecting the new information to what people already know Thomas is able to accelerate learning In Nonsense we learn that our ability to assimilate ambiguous new information with what we already know is enhanced when we are relaxed However when we are stressed either physically emotionally mentally socially or otherwise our need for closure kicks in We become intensely focused on resolving inconsistencies in the hope that at least one of the stressors affecting us will be resolved Want to see how little

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  • Boredom Busters Return Page, The Firefly Group
    of participants Attend this workshop and walk away with practical techniques you can use tomorrow to bust boredom wherever you find it Event Details Goal to identify and adapt strategies for engagement that can improve participation and performance Objectives Participants will Compare and contrast two theories about motivation in work and learning Identify at least three types of activities that boost engagement in meetings and the classroom Adapt at least one engagement activity for use in their own work setting Who Should Attend People who want to share information teach new skills or improve meeting efficiency such as Human Resource Professionals Trainers Team Leaders Managers What You Will Learn How and when to use intrinsic and extrinsic motivators Strategies to increase the interactivity of a lecture Active techniques to teach any topic How to maximize learning from experience How to apply the strategies to an on line environment Presenter Brian Reme r Creative Learning Director of The Firefly Group is a designer of interactive strategies for training facilitation and performance improvement With a B A in psychology and an M A in Intercultural Management from the School for International Training he has worked with businesses and organizations in Egypt Ecuador Democratic Republic of the Congo and throughout the United States He is the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the North American Simulation and Gaming Association and the author of Say It Quick 99 Word Stories About Leadership Learning and Life Through the application and demonstration of experiential education techniques Brian designs a learning environment that blends action reflection and theory for a low pressure high impact training experience Sponsor The Firefly Group Since the successful facilitation of a regional trainer s conference in 2004 The Firefly Group has provided consultation in leadership development group facilitation performance improvement strategic

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  • Apartment, The Firefly Group
    1 Only a 5 minute commute to Brattleboro Lovely walking cross country ski trails and mountain biking just out the front door Woodland perennial gardens Private 1st floor entrance and parking area Available first of September or earlier Can be reserved by phone or email For viewing or further information call 802 257 7247 evenings after 6 p m View photos Exterior Living Room Study Area Bedroom Bathroom Kitchen Garden

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  • Sausalito Apartment
    views of the water For more information call 415 601 2241 Cottage with large redwood sunporch deck and patio in rustic and convenient Sausalito hillside location with water views above Bridgeway 2300 month Credit will be checked and good credit required Newly remodeled 1100 square feet Craftsman Style 30s cottage with vintage charm and modern updates granite countertops farmer s sink vintage gas stove HE washer dryer dishwasher vintage light

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  • Boredom Busters Registration, Services of The Firefly Group
    work setting Who Should Attend People who want to share information teach new skills or improve meeting efficiency such as Human Resource Professionals Trainers Team Leaders Managers What You Will Learn How and when to use intrinsic and extrinsic motivators Strategies to increase the interactivity of a lecture Active techniques to teach any topic How to maximize learning from experience How to apply the strategies to an on line environment Date and Location Radisson Hotel Suites 10 Independence Drive Chelmsford MA 978 256 0800 Cost 300 200 Non profit Includes continental breakfast lunch and afternoon break Questions 802 257 7247 or Cancellations Your registration is refundable through the end of business on September 15 After that it is not However if your schedule changes you are welcome to send a substitute to the workshop instead Thank you Special Offer Register before August 15 and receive the eBook Talk Quick FREE Talk Quick 99 Word Stories to Spark Discussion about Common Management Issues 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 Motivation and Success This eBook is designed to be read on any computer and its format has been optimized for tablets and smart phones Presenter Brian Reme r Creative Learning Director of The Firefly Group is a designer of interactive strategies for training facilitation and performance improvement With a B A in psychology and an M A in Intercultural Management from the School for International Training he has worked with businesses and organizations in Egypt Ecuador

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  • The Value of Values, Ideas, The Firefly Group
    meetings over the course of three months a diverse group of participants had determined that the school s operational values should be Resourcefulness Honesty Responsibility Kindness and Equal Opportunity We placed these values on a five by five matrix to show how each value could be paired with every other value twice in the grid of twenty five squares Figure 1 Resourcefulness Honesty Responsibility Kindness Equal Opportunity Resourcefulness 1 2 3 4 5 Honesty 6 7 8 9 10 Responsibility 11 12 13 14 15 Kindness 16 17 18 19 20 Equal Opportunity 21 22 23 24 25 To facilitate conversations people were divided into groups of three to five diverse members Each group chose a square on the matrix and had the challenge of writing a statement about the interaction of the two values whose row and column intersected at their square For squares above the diagonal numbers 2 3 4 5 8 9 10 14 15 20 in green groups had to write a statement about how the two values might complement each other For squares below the diagonal numbers 6 11 12 16 17 18 21 22 23 24 in red groups wrote a statement about how the two values might compete with each other For the squares on the diagonal numbers 1 7 13 19 25 in blue where each value is paired with itself people wrote a statement illustrating the ideal state of that value Once groups agreed on their statement they used magazine cut outs and markers to illustrate it The resulting artwork was then pasted onto a large copy of the matrix which hangs in the school hallway At the first meeting one group worked on square number 14 the intersection of Responsibility and Kindness Their statement was simply Kindness Requires Responsibility Their

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  • Products DreamQuest The Firefly Group
    personal It must be tailored to the individual s situation Family members friends and people in support roles give input act as a reality check and help carry out the person s plan However to insure maximum input and control by the person being served certain key steps need to be followed DreamQuest teaches this process in a lively challenging format With DreamQuest you can Insure that the person with

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