Narrowing Down To A Manageable Few

What do you do when you have too many pre-identified items competing against each other? My friend Don Moyer (ThoughtForm Design, Pittsburgh) invented a way to do Compression Planning® which saves him immense time. Don’s method is for times when you have a finite number of ideas, solutions, options already defined that need to be […]

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It’s Magic!

Is there anyone out there who doesn’t love a magic trick? Young or old, innocent or cynic, there’s something just plain fun about the ridiculous joy of being deluded into believing that rabbits really DO come out of the hat, or the coin really DOES come out of an ear, or the girl in the […]

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My Mother, Helen McNellis

Helen McNellis My Mother passed away Sunday morning, December 22, 2013. She was 2 months shy of 99 years of age. She led a life full of curiosity, wonder, spontaneity, awe and joy over the simplest of things. If I were to present Mother with a trophy, it would be “World’s Best Listener.” She would […]

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It must end in Action!

Don’t call it Compression Planning® unless you plan to take Action! One of the struggles we hear from some graduates of the Compression Planning® Institute is We never seem to get past the FOCUS stage in the Master Planning Model. What can we do differently to make it through the entire model?” Here are my […]

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True Leaders Know When To Lead…And When To Follow

By Jerry McNellis My daughter Lisa was a college freshman when our company was asked to lead a Compression Planning retreat for the International Board of Habitat for Humanity. She went along to handle logistics. Habitat for Humanity had a tradition where they started each session with a prayer led by a different board member. […]

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7 Steps To Stronger Designs

The 7 Steps I Followed To Design The 2-Day Retreat For Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Retired Navy Captain Ed Nicholson’s stay at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2005 presented him with a close look at the returning wounded from the conflict in Iraq (and later Afghanistan). His desire to offer fly fishing to […]

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Honoring My Mentor and Friend, Dr. Kendall Cowing

The Reverend Doctor Kendall Cowing Charlotte, North Carolina Passed away on February 4, 2013 Married to high school sweetheart Della Father of 5 children, 16 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren I’d like to share four items about Ken and his impact on Compression Planning and leading groups: How he mentored me His advice about groups with […]

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How Church Board Meetings Had A Role In Building Compression Planning®

Dear Compression Planning Friend, Have you ever been to a church board meeting? After graduating from St. Thomas College in Minnesota I worked for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. My job was calling on church boards to sell them religious education programs. One program was for parents to prepare their children for First […]

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An Evening Of Lobster And The Pope

Client: Bernard LaMontagne, Former President IWK Health Centre Halifax, Nova Scotia Dear Compression Planning Friend, After leading a two-day Compression Planning retreat for 25 members of the board of directors and senior staff of a hospital I was exhausted. Drained. Spent. You know the feeling. My client, Bernard Lamontagne, invited a group of people from […]

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Laying the Foundation for a Successful Strategy Session

It was a “mountain top” session As a Compression Planner, you know every session is different. We frequently get asked “How do you evaluate a session?” Evaluating how a session goes is sometimes tricky. At some point in the future, you have to ask “Did that time we spent together make a difference?” There are […]

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