Monday, November 05, 2012


The following power-point presentations are free and accessable in audio at Sherman Institute and, without audio, at Congress Requires Oversight.  

In this 15 minute exercise the participant will be asked to participate in an imaginary walk. After the walk, the participant will be asked by the narrator to honestly critique himself or herself. The participant will be asked how they responded to new information, obstacles, problems and personal challenges along the path.
When listened to in a group setting, this presentation provides a common experience for group members. Such an experience, when shared, is helpful in expediting the development of cohesive working groups. In sharing their experience along the path, each participant will recognize a path that is unique to them, yet, in some ways, similar to others. Some will recognize for the first time, that not everyone sees and experiences things and events in the same way that they did.

Although "The Path" contains power point slides referencing Scripture, the audio (without the slides) is equally suitable for its intended use.

This is a 14 minute, two slide presentation. In the first slide I talk about the "normal distribution curve", and how our "intellect" affects our emotions and our decision making processes. In the second slide, I recite a poem by an anonymous author that was popular in the late 1980's and early 1990s. There were sequels to this poem. I chose Alan D. Goldberg's sequel for this narration. As you listen consider (among other things); the styles of leadership (shown as a back-drop on this slide) as they have evolved since the early 1990's, and how the poem's metaphor is related to "job creation" and a presumed need for non-governmental charities and other agencies. As a correction to my narrative, the American Counselor is not a "Journal".

This +/-11 minute presentation contains a short comparison between resilient and resistant behaviors and outlines the ground rules, and do's and don'ts, for effective communication; specifically "dialogue".

This 15 question, True or False quiz has two functions; it is designed to assist the participant in evaluating his or her "self", and, in groups, it is of value in expediting cohesion.

Just as some people have "blind spots" in their "field of vision", others have 'silent spots' in their 'field of hearing'. Do you know if you have silent spots in your field of hearing?

This 10 question True or False quiz has two functions; it is designed to assist the participant in evaluating his or her "self", and, in groups, expedites cohesion.

During this 30 minute power point presentation participants will learn how to diagnose systems, recognize common blockages to their group's cohesion, and be provided a template whereby they will be able to formulate workable strategies for change within themselves, their group and, ultimately, in their community and nation.

If used by members of your group, this sample form has the potential to focus participants' thoughts and words. In so doing the group is not only assisted in making the most of their time and efforts but, they are more likely to agree on an accurately stated problem and develop relevant strategies for its resolution.

This 27 minute power point presentation is an adjunct to "Mobilizing Healthy Communities". The presentation gives the viewer a list of probing questions that are designed to assist them in structuring questions in a 'straight forward' way that will ferret out the substance of a matter deemed by a community to be in need of a plan of action specifically designed to 'alter, reform or abolish' the mechanics of an unhealthy and failing system. Within this presentation are tips on how best to resolve interpersonal conflict if, and when, it arises. The recommended questions are downloadable.

This 47 minute presentation is designed to acquaint participants with 18th and 19th Century concepts as they were defined by the words used in our nation's founding documents. Definitions for the selected words were compiled from Webster's 1828 Dictionary for the specific purpose of assisting the participant in accessing - and, achieving - their vocational goal(s). Please note; the first slide in this presentation will need to be manually moved ("pg dn" on your keyboard) to the second. The rest of the slides seem to be in sync with the narration.

Conflict Resolution - Strategies for Transition

In this 1 hr. 10 min. presentation options for resolving conflict are presented from a psychological, social, scriptural and judicial perspective. A pattern suitable for systemic change is offered.