Strategic Planning, Design Thinking, and Other Key Services

Successful organizations are dependent on hearing the voices of all shareholders. This includes utilizing the contributions of each person on your team. Through tools like Lego Serious Play the YDN team can help you discover the landscape and emerging themes of your organization to succeed in the age of disruption. The YDN team also offers a variety of other trainings and services that can be combined with others or customized to fit your organization’s needs.


LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® – Strategic Planning

The workshops are custom designed by YDN and use an integration of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® combined with the power of the Human Development Approach.  LSP is a proven facilitated communication, development, and problem-solving method built upon a 3D modelling process. It is a valuable tool that will unlock innovation within individuals and groups. It maximizes the full participation, insights, and commitment of all participants involved in a safe and fun environment. LSP is designed to enhance innovation and organizational performance.

During the LSP sessions, participants will:

  • Discover a hands-on method for strategic decision making and problem resolution within organizational environments.
  • Tap into the hidden expertise of your organization. Transform insight and awareness into commitment and shared goals.
  • Conduct a SWOT analysis – leading to a richer understanding of your organization.   Examining the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of a program or organization – can be invaluable to the success of your strategic direction.
  • Create a shared identity and purpose for your team moving forward.
  • Design guiding principles that will ensure implementation of your strategic direction


Establishing Core Values

Establishing core values is the foundation for the entire organization. Core values are the bedrock of the organization’s vision, mission, goals, objectives and everyday interaction with customers, our employees and the community at large. The same values that we share about our interactions with customers have to also permeate our interactions with each other. Otherwise, our interactions with them will feel false or phony. Likewise, if employees do not feel that the values apply to their interactions with each other, it is difficult to promote those same values.

Core values set the foundation for physical and emotional safety, healthy relationships, encouraging maximum participation and skill building.

By the end of the day, participants will:

  • Understand the history of management and human development practices and how it impacts their organization.
  • Recognize the benefits of establishing core values in facilitating communication, collaboration and coaching.
  • Understand the difference among core values, vision and mission statements.


Creating Safety Through Agreements

Creating optimal environments for individuals to step up and take on responsibility and leadership in a variety of ways is key to this vision. Training focus on the skills and tools that team need for a successful experience together.

During the Creating Safety Through Agreements workshop, YDN staff will review key elements around:

  • Resources—In an asset-based approach, staff are seen as resources to tap into to help resolve some of the issues in our organizations.
  • Comprehensive & Collaborative—The asset-based approach is also, by necessity, more collaborative. It focuses on the many supports we need, which cannot usually all be provided by a single program.
  • Relationships—Asset-based human development focuses on building meaningful relationships with staff and helping them to establish meaningful and needed relationships in their team. It is not trying to fix their problems but helping them build relationships that will enable them to solve their own problems with support.


Facilitation Training

  • Facilitation 101:
    • Examines staff’s role as facilitator versus teacher; learn how to set up group norms in a participatory way; learn about group development and how to create community; learn positive ways to get good behavior; examine ways to engage youth in the classroom or program.
  • Facilitation 202:
    • Learn about multiple learning modalities and how to incorporate them into classroom settings; learn a process for collaborative project planning so that teams can stay on track; learn tools to develop a learning community and trust in a group, and to resolve issues that get in the way of a strong learning community.
  • Making Virtual Meetings Fun, Impactful and Engaging
    • Due to COVID-19 and the increased number of organizations moving to online platforms, this training is designed for participants to apply their unique leadership talents towards formulating interactive virtual workshops to support their team and organization engagement success.

For more information about customized training and technical assistance, please contact YDN and a member of our team will follow-up on your request.

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