Flow is Good Business

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Posted by Eszter | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 07-02-2011

“Flow is Good Business(TM)” is an interactive game-based leadership development simulation set in a Californian Winery. The inspiration for the Game is the well-known Flow theory of Prof. Csikszentmihalyi.
Facilitating Flow is a crucial condition of good leadership and is vital in sustaining business productivity. The simulation allows you to test your leadership skills, provides a unique Flow-based self-assessment opportunity and guides you on a path towards optimizing a “Flow-centric” corporate culture.

Watch the video about the simulation here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4swdsmvdKYs

Flow International & Learn-X-Change Network Meeting, 22nd January, 2011

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Posted by Eszter | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 06-02-2011

Article about our Learning Partnership project by Wim Vander Elst

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Posted by Eszter | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 01-10-2010

Our Belgian partner – Wim Vander Elst – wrote the following article for the Belgian National Agency about our partnership project at the beginning of the year:

Learn Exchange: Share, learn and co-create

– A Learning Partnership project with Hungary and Portugal –

Go and visit organisations, companies and communities throughout Europe and you will notice big differences in the way they work. Multinational companies, though, invest much time and money to standardise processes and procedures cross boarder to make them look the same. An OPEL dealership in Belgium looks the same as one in Portugal or Hungary, but only from the outside. From the inside, in the core of things, they are different.

The difference, of course, is in the culture. Culture has to do with the people and their habits. Habits are rooted in the way of thinking and as a consequence in the way of dealing with reality. In our global economy, we could say that organizations and their people, wherever they are located, are confronted with the same kind of challenges: working together, dealing with change, work-life balance, handling conflict, leadership development and so on. In order to deal with all those challenges, learning and development processes are set up and facilitated by professional trainers all over Europe. And, given the cultural differences, we might expect differences in approach and methodology.

Those above have led to the goal of our Learning Partnership: facilitate the development of innovative practices and know-how in non-formal adult education.

By exchanging best practices, thinking and working together with trainers (and clients) from Belgium, Portugal and Hungary: 3 completely different countries, different cultures and different approaches.

The Learning Partnership

Former colleague & partner at Challenge Learning Belgium has long known the owner and leader of our present partner, Manmore Consulting, though never run joint projects with him. Manmore- a Budapest based organisation that has been working in the field of Training & Education of Adult learners for more than ten years – became the initiator and coordinator of our partnership. Manmore invited two more partners, one from Ireland (IanMcclean) and one from Portugal (Sintese Azul), both from the field of trainings and education. Two of the partner companies have known each other from university times when they met as exchange students. Now, they were ready to find out how to start a professional project together. Unfortunately Ireland did not get approved, so three of us (Hungary, Portugal & Belgium) launched the project in October, 2008 in Belgium. (We keep inviting our Irish partner as a “guest” to most of our meetings, hoping they would benefit from our knowledge sharing just as much as we do.)

Our Goals

We knew that all of us were operating in the more non-formal field of adult education, but we knew little about each others methods and best practices in the  real working environment. Therefore we aimed to organize our project around so called LEARN EXCHANGES, which are 2-5 days meetings and workshops where we could learn as much as possible about and from each other.  In our LEARNEXCHANGES, we meet and share our practices, methods and way of working in our field.

The most important subjects we are addressing in the project are:

-          transferring know-how and methodology from and to partners

-          collect and share innovative practices

-          training trainers in Europe & outlining a possible common approach of an international TTT course

-          merging trends in our field & the effects of the economical crisis

-          creating a Learning Network and attract more European partners to join us in our efforts.

Results

We have conducted four LEARN EXCHANGES so far, one in Belgium, two in Portugal and one in Hungary. The most memorable one (and a great milestone of the project as well) was a widened LEARN EXCHANGE experience, a workshop that took place in Hungary this summer.

The workshop was organized by our LEARNING PARTNERSHIP Team: Manmore/Codebar, Sintese Azul and Challenge Learning Belgium. It was held at Atrium Agárd (see more at www.atriumagard.hu) a beautiful spot by Lake Velence. The meeting was non-traditional in the way that we also invited our „more than client” partners to the occasion to focus on our clients’ point of view in development projects. Bringing together the actors of different sectors turned this event into a special learning experience for all of us. As many as 26 partners: trainers, consultants, experts, HR professionals and learners came together in Hungary this August to share best practices, methods and experiences with each other during a three days Exchange (and some even stayed longer) and to start new initiatives in our field.

In the first half of the program, we talked about how the crisis affected our clients’ work and how we reacted to that. We first discussed the important aspects of the crisis from our clients’ point of view then in a panel discussion we learnt about the different reactions and answers our consultants have given and are able to give in „turbulent times”. It was exciting to realize that there is no such thing as „the right way to do it”, instead each situation and problem requires tailor-made solutions and in order to give the right responses, we must change faster than our environment does.

In the second half of the program we continued discussing working methods we used in recent projects and other relevant topics that participants felt important and interesting to share with each other. Before closing the program, we discussed possible ways of cooperation and knowledge sharing between LEARN EXCHANGES and in a widened Learning Community. We agreed upon a number of initiatives – you will definitely hear about in the near future – and the way forward in the Learning Partnership project and the upcoming website. Our website was created in the meantime (www.learnxchange.eu), and we are constantly working on updating the site with relevant project information and outcomes of our meetings.

We are planning at least three more LEARN EXCHANGES until July, the end of our project. The emphasis these times will be on our future dream: a European Train-The-Trainer course. Something, that will always remind us on the beginning of our cooperation – this project – that gives us new perspectives every time we meet.

Wim Vander Elst

Download article in .pdf :  GRU_article_Wim

Grundtvig Workshop in Setúbal, Portugal

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Posted by Eszter | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 19-05-2010

European Dimensions of Experiential Learning through Training Trainers

Our dear partners from Sintese Azul successfully applied for another Grundtvig Program, called Grundtvig Workshops. The workshop received the title “European Dimensions of Experiential Learning through Training Trainers  & Training Experts” and will be held in Portugal between May 24-29th.

Adult learners will arrive from 10 different countries, with different backgrounds but a common goal: to learn about the different aspects of Experiential Learning & to exchange knowledge and experience on different European methods and best practices.  And last but not least, this workshop will be a great opportunity for  all participants to connect, communicate and share their thoughts with other adult learners from all over Europe.

You can read more on the planned program in the Agenda below.

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Mystery Finally Revealed

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Posted by Eszter | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 07-05-2010

YESSS

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Posted by Eszter | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 15-04-2010

YES!!!

.Eonverye  taht can raed tihs rsaie yuor hnad

Only great  minds can read this
This is weird, but interesting!

fi yuo cna raed  tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too

Cna yuo raed tihs?  Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

i cdnuolt blveiee taht  I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal  pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at  Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the  ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the  frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a  taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs  is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by  istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I  awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

Silent Leadership – Experiential Learning with Horses

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Posted by Eszter | Posted in Events | Posted on 15-02-2010

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What is Silent Leadership and how can horses help you to reflect on your own leadership behavior?

Come and find out for yourself in a two days worskhop organized by Wim Vander Elst, from Challenge Learning Belgium between 15th & 16th April, 2010 in Geetbets, Belgium.

Find out more on the Workshop from our Silent Leadership brochure.

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OD World Summit 2010

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Posted by Eszter | Posted in Events | Posted on 01-10-2009

Co-creating a New World of Organizations & Communities

There’s something going on out there. There‘s something emerging. We all know it. We all feel it. The World is not what it used to be 10-15 years ago and it’s definitely not what it’s going to look like in 10-15 years from now. It’s time to decode the nature of the ongoing changes around us.

Humanity is just on the edge of understanding what’s happening. Individually and collectively we started to feel the convergence. By now we know that we can’t live our lives on this Planet the way we used to. We feel the need to act, but the way forward is not clear yet.

We’ve already done a lot. Thousands of initiatives are taking off every day. Millions of us are already active. The steps we take though are seldom coordinated. Our resources and energy are consumed in dispersed efforts. We need to join forces, as the breakthrough is yet to come.

Members of our professional community – all of us working on building, nurturing and developing systems, organizations and communities – play an important role in this process. Our contribution is significant both globally and locally. We – as subjects and facilitators of change, learning and human development – can make a difference.

For this to happen we need to get together and take our ongoing conversations to a new level. We need enhanced openness and understanding, a clear vision, strong commitment, lasting relationships and effective human networks. Through better coordination of our efforts we can and will multiply our impact.
The World needs us… we must come together.

So, hereby:

  • we invite you to join the flow of conversations before, during and after 2010 – the year of reunion, togetherness, community and coordinated action,
  • we invite you to enjoy the co-creative process leading to, taking place at and flowing from the 2010 OD World Summit and its associated events,
  • we invite you to be with us in Budapest, Hungary at our flagship event in August 2010.

Find out more on the OD World Summit: www.odworldsummit.org

10 th Learn-X-Change Meeting

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Posted by Eszter | Posted in Events | Posted on 22-09-2009

Sharing and Learning is Fun!

Learn-X-Change 2009, Atrium Agárd – Hungary, 28-29th, August, 2009

26 OD consultants and HR professionals came together in Agárd, Hungary this August to share best practices and experiences with each other during a two-days Learn-X-Change.

Learn-X-Change is the name we gave to these international workshops that are held every summer for our colleagues, partners and friends. These occasions aim to bring together OD experts, consultants, trainers and HR professionals to think and work together, share experiences and start new initiatives in our field.

Learn-X-Change 2009 was organized by FLOW International and held at Atrium Agárd (see more at www.atriumagard.hu) a beautiful spot by Lake Velence. This years meeting was non-traditional as we also invited our „more than client” partners to the occasion to focus on our clients’ point of view in development projects. Bringing together the consultant and the corporate world turned this event into a special learning experience for all of us.

Participants from the corporate side included Regional HR Managers and Development Specialists from Oracle, Ernst & Young, IKEA, T-Com and the MOL Group.

The OD field was represented by our Irish, Portuguese and Belgian Partners, a German colleague from the European network of EURIANS and a good number of Hungarian OD Consultants, most of them members of the FLOW International Consultant Pool.

In the first half of the program, we talked about how the crisis affected our clients’ work and how the „World of OD” reacted to that. We first discussed the important aspects of the crisis from our clients point of view then in a panel discussion we learnt about the different reactions and answers our consultants have given and are able to give in „turbulent times”. It was exciting to realize that there is no such thing as „the right way to do it”, instead each situation and problem requires tailor-made solutions and in order to give the right responses, we must change faster than our environment does.

In the second half of the program we continued discussing working methods we used in recent projects and other relevant topics that participants felt important and interesting to share with each other. Before closing the program, we discussed possible ways of cooperation and knowledge sharing between Learn-X-Changes and in general within the Learn-X-Change Community. We agreed upon a number of initiatives – you will definitely hear about in the near future – and as usual meeting each other again next autumn in Portugal.

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