Some exercises LO6116

W.M. Deijmann (
Mon, 11 Mar 1996 15:51:27 +0200

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I received several reactions on my contribution to the subject org charts
LO5774 and seeing systems LO5661.

It allways cheers me up if people show interest in my approach, because
it's quite uncommon. But it's highly innovative and IMHO an answer to the
question how to create a Learning Organization and how to keep it on
learning. "Learning Moving" "Learning is about making moves between
(re-)searching and changing".

Those who are interested in Dynamic Judgement Building are invited to
mail me on I'll send you a short summary of the
thesis written by Dr. A.H. Bos.

I also received questions on the subject Eurythy and Personal/Group
Mastery exercises. Those whom responded by personal E-mail have allready
received a personal reply. For other interested some general instructing

I welcome all kind of experiences and responses!

>"Can you tell me more about what to expect and your thoughts about using it as
>an exercise in collaboration"? (WD: pentagram patternwalking)

Human beings are quite unpredictable,which makes it difficult to tell what
to expect in situations. After 10 years of experiences in organizations it
would take a complete library to describe the possible reactions. Perhaps
some general guidelines which i use in my trainingprojects will help:

If you focus as much as possible on _open_ questioning, people will be able
to express what they experience and associate.
Try to avoid that people start discussing whether an experience or thought
is "right" or "wrong". It's not important. Important is that they express
their otherwise invissible inner world of thoughts, opinions and feelings.
Don't tell them what they should experience, see or think.
Don't expect something in particular.
Have an open mind, and both exercise itself and the interaction in the
group tells you and them what's going on and what the next step ought to
Don't take more than about 30 minutes for an exercise

Some questions i use to evaluate an exercise:

1) What has atracted your attention (in the exercise)?

2) What does this tell you? What makes this particular observation
interesting to you?

3) What does it tell you ( in this case) about collaboration in general?

4) What have you discovered about your self (concerning the subject
collaboration)? (Be carefull with this one, because this can be a tricky
and too confronting question to some people!!)

Mostly I let people first write down the answers before letting them

There's a lot more to this, but as a start i think it's good to have a
kind of 'unconsious incapability'.

I would be very pleased if you afterwards can write me your experiences.
Perhaps the above mentioned questions are helpfull to do so?

Right now we are running a pilottraining with 12 trainer/consultants. They
get a set of what we now call "Key-exercises" which they can integrate in
their consultingactivity and they learn how to use Dynamic Judgement
Building as a exercise-development- and evaluationtool. BTW: (Is this
proper english??)

Key's to Personal Mastery
Key's to system thinking and seeing systems
Key's to communication and collaboration
key's to (group-)empowerment
key's to customersatisfaction
key's to good sales-ethics

Participants are trying out a variety of these exercises and give us feed
back on their experiences in their projects.

As a result we expect to have developed a train-the-trainer programm with
high impact skills. Participants receive a certificate. Instructions to
the several exercises will be available for them on videotape and
interactiv CD-rom.

Good luck!
By the way:

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Greetings from windy Holland!

Winfried M. Deijmann bc. Dipl.Eur.
Deijmann & Partners
tel.: +31 (0)575-522076
Human Resources and Communications Consultancy fax.: +31
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Netherlands Email:

"An educated mind is useless without a focussed will and dangerous without
a loving heart" (unknown source)

-- (W.M. Deijmann)

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