My not-so-secret toolbox of methods and exercises

It is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail. So I try to expand my toolkit of exercises, models, frameworks, and structures continuously. Here’s an overview of the structures I often use in workshops, meetings and sessions, but also in my private life.

Based on what you would like to achieve, I have categorized the tools I often use. For example, the Mexican Wave helps energize crowds, Idea speed dating is a great way to generate ideas fast and some exercises are just perfect for remote meetings.

Browse through my toolbox:

Team canvas bus

There are many different ways to engage teams in discussing shared goals, expectations, threats, weaknesses and the way…

Team canvas adventure

There are many different ways to engage teams in discussing shared goals, expectations, threats, weaknesses and the way…

Kids day planning

The kids day planning might be the easiest structure of all the structures in the toolbox, but as…

Remote quarterly review

This might be an a-typical tool or exercise for the toolbox as the quarterly review usually takes me…

Ecocycle planning

Ecocycle planning is one of my favorite exercises. Based on the Ecocycle model, the exercise requires people to…

Parking lot

The ‘Parking lot’ is a classic business tool used to keep meetings and workshops focused and on track.…

Sabotaging colleagues

During World War II, the US Office of Strategic Services distributed the Simple Sabotage Field Manual in occupied…

Sabotaging customers

During World War II, the US Office of Strategic Services distributed the Simple Sabotage Field Manual in occupied…

1-2-4-All

1-2-4-All is one of the key building blocks of Liberating Structures. It is a simpel and elegant way…

Relationship evaluation

The relationship evaluation structure revolves around one deceivingly simple question: “What did you like the last 6 months…
Hot air balloon as frame
Hot air balloon as frame

How I use my toolbox for strategy and facilitation

I was lucky enough to be working for a wide range of international clients over the last 15 years. Much of my open and collaborative style is based on this experience, as well as certified training by IDEOHyper Island and Liberating Structures.

We’ll start with a conversation. I want to thoroughly understand your ideas and values in your own words. This will help us build a session or series of sessions that will help reach your goals – whether it is communicating with your team, building a new strategy or developing a new product or service.

Want to be less about ads and more about acts?

Hi, my name is Polle. I try to use the super powers I have collected working for global brands over the last 15+ years to change companies for the better: acts, not ads.

Want to keep up with what I’m doing? I keep an irregular newsletter on customer experience, facilitation, and motivation in which I share personal and client cases.

Polle de Maagt
Polle de Maagt