Archive | Facilitation


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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Ken Cowing

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 Switching Perspectives Helped 15 Doctors and 14 Nurses Save Their Fragile Merger

I’ve designed, organized and led Compression Planning retreats continuously since I was 26 years old. Periodically I’ll share the essence of some of those Retreats. For many I’ll disguise the clients so their confidentiality is protected. Even change the industry in some cases. What I’m really after is the story and what I learned. Hopefully […]

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Hold that NO…for now

“The Art and Discipline of Pure-Form Thinking” by Pat McNellis Shooting down ideas seems to have replaced Baseball as “America’s favorite pastime.” Let’s face it…we’re good at it. It’s something we’ve learned to do since we were kids. Well, as kids, we were often told “don’t do that” or “that’s a dumb idea.” Maybe not […]

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What To Do When Your Group Size Is More Than Ideal

You’ll recall from your Compression Planning Institute that we suggest you work with smaller groups when getting started.  Large groups have their own unique dynamics and challenges and can be tough to deal with while you are still getting grounded in the basics. Once you get comfortable with your CP design and facilitation skills, you […]

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