Generate collaboration, action and accountability
*This course is part of the Facilitative Leadership Program and the Advanced Facilitator Program.
Advanced ToP Tools demonstrates how to generate real commitment from diverse stakeholders and empower multi-stakeholder collaborations for immediate implementation and lasting partnerships.
This self-paced, self-directed course contains all the theory of the in-person and the online Advanced ToP Tools course.
The manual is downloadable in this self-directed course.
Theory is expanded through readings and videos of classroom lectures and interaction during in-person courses. These videos remain available for a year.
Most advanced tools have templates used to prepare for real client work. The templates carry key theory within them.
There are videos of instructors and participants using the tools in simulated case studies. This demonstrates best practice use of the tools and methods. These videos remain available for a year.
Stages, steps and procedures of each advanced tools are explained in detail.
This self directed course includes examples of products from actual clients as pictures, PDFs or powerpoints, so you know what can be achieved. These are downloadable.
The course includes assignments that help build confidence in your use of the tools and methods. Assignment can be done by yourself, or with a group you convene on your own for enhanced learning.
Your assignments can be uploaded to receive comments from ICA instructors or facilitators. You can contact them for further explanation.
Teams and multi-stakeholder collaborations that stall or plateau can get to the next level and beyond with ToP Advanced Tools. Reorient, focus and generate lasting solutions that are sustainable and action-oriented. ToP facilitation enables healthy, productive, collaborative work.
Price is $1,745 plus applicable tax.
Launch and sustain major initiatives
- Form effective task forces and committees.
- Launch programs and campaigns.
- Motivate and sustain coalitions and partnerships.
Get everyone working in the same direction
- Design innovative models and solutions for complex situations.
- Create practical action plans
- Maintain project momentum
Turn conflict into positive energy
- Diagnose, understand and address team issues and conflicts.
- Move from conflict and confusion to conciliation and forward momentum.
Generate creative solutions
- Establish meaningful and motivating contexts.
- Blend individual perspectives into team consensus.
- Elicit commitment and dedication
- Generate joint solutions for complex situations.
Initiating an Effective Team
- Group Journey Models
- Claiming the Victory
- Creating a Charter
- Historical Scan
- Framework of Participation
- Team Morale
- Understanding Team Conflict
- Tools for difficult situations
- Participation Guidelines
- Model Building
- Model Merging
- Leading a team
- Project Work Planning
- Coordinating Action Plans
- Participation Guidelines
- Model Building
- Model Merging
Who is it For?
- Professional facilitators who work with a lot of teams, projects and workgroups.
- Project Managers who are responsible for guiding initiatives to success
Committee and working group chairs who want to use a facilitative approach.
- Managers and executives who want to support groups throughout the organization through a style of facilitative leadership.
- Front-line staff who need to work in a partnership mode with other groups and organizations.
Key Methods Taught
The Victory Circle and Project Charter creates goal and comprehensive reference guide for all collaborative work. Frameworking develops a network of support and collaboration.
The Historical Scan sets an evolutionary context for the work for all members. ORID Diagnostic and the Phases of Conciliation allow any group to identify and address the obstacles to effective team work, providing models for addressing conflict within the team.
Model Building and Project Work Planning create structural solutions for any problem and provide ways to move into effective implementation.
ToP Action Planning gets groups into effective action quickly and Event Orchestration makes all meetings, including reporting, interesting and productive.
The Project Tracking Matrix and the Team Journey allow desired impact and continuous improvement to occur, and new leadership to be reinforced for all future projects.
"I've had challenging workshop objectives that I was able to tackle by using different combinations of many of the techniques used in the course."
"I supervise 25 staff and each year they chose a theme for the "learning" portion of our staff meetings. Last year they chose effective teams. I will model some of the tools taught in the course throughout the year as ways they might promote effective teaming in their roles."
"I learned a variety of tools. I have used many of them already and I only took the course a few months ago."
"This workshop provided very rich tools that will be of great benefit as I proceed with a transformational project that is just beginning to emerge in my organization. I come back to the workbook to read and remind myself about the stages of the journey, and the approaches that I can use."
"I have found these really assist me in planning my facilitation work. I can look back on some of my previous work and see where I could have improved"
"I learned the importance of drawing wisdom from the participants by leading and directing the facilitation process in a skillful way."
"Shortly after the Advanced Tools Workshop, I did a strategic planning day with an eclectic group of people who know each other as fellow workers in different agencies. The information in the course helped me to get them pumped up to be working together on a common cause."
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