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  • Present anecdote/joke about losing enthusiasm for the altruistic reasons we pursued this profession in the first placeHence the thinking behind this seminar – can we renew our enthusiasm for our profession and put some zip back into planning? Well, we’re going to try and would like to ask you to join us on a little journey in the next 90 minutesIntroduce Pamela
  • Is collaboration the doorway to access the human potential of all the people around us to help understand and solve the most difficult problems?
  • During wrap up, some recommended reading could be given (e.g. Dan Pink, Daniel Goleman, M. Scott Peck)
  • From both stories, and from our professional experience, we have to plumb the depths of difficulty to derive real meaning, insight and hope.
  • Positive energy attracts positive energy, spirit, possibility and affirmation. A negative spiral is the opposite.Informed by adopting a posture of gratitude, appreciation and generosity.This adoption of a positive attitude is foremost directed toward people – our colleagues, our clients and our citizens.Why is this important? It is important because our work matters. We can affect the greater good of community development when we can envision a positive future with positive investments and positive change.We believe that our profession may be well served to tap into the fields of behavioural psychology, emotional intelligence, philosophy and literature, to better understand our human story and how we may be part of writing our story in the future…
  • Ask participants about their feelings after the exercise.

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  • Developing Soft Skills: Putting POSSIBILITY back into PRACTICE PAMELA SWEET • FCIP, RPP STEVE FRITH • MCIP, RPP VANCOUVER 2013 PLANNING INSTITUTE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA CANADIAN INSTITUTE OF PLANNERS JULY 8, 2013
  • PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE Outline of Workshop 1. Introduction 2. Adopting a Positive Attitude 3. Collaboration and Vulnerability 4. Sharing Positive Possibility 5. Wrap up and Continuing the Conversation
  • TITLE HERE Planners are NATURALLY Optimistic Ann McAfee PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE (Planner)
  • • Don‟t “Curb your enthusiasm” • Renew your enthusiasm for planning • Put the zip into planning • How to stay optimistic • Asked some fellow Fellows….. PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • TITLE HERE I always found that work was MORE FUN than fun Noel Coward PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • TITLE HERE Make PASSIONATE love to your city Paul Bedford PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • TITLE HERE A planner has to be VISIONARY and BELIEVE that one‟s contributions will make a difference N.Tunnacliffe PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • TITLE HERE Seek and seize NEW OPPORTUNITIES even when we are out of our comfort zone. Travel, hang out with young people, think about city building through the eyes of non-planners Marni Cappe PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • TITLE HERE Nothing succeeds like SUCCESS John Livey PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • TITLE HERE When I feel pessimistic, with further searching optimism will return. It always does. Ray Spaxman PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • TITLE HERE Life is full of misery, loneliness and suffering- and it‟s all over much too soon Woody Allen PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • TITLE HERE Optimism? It makes us look naive and ill- informed. I like realism Joe Berridge PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • TITLE HERE Thinking that I am doing the right thing and helping make things better, even in a modest way John Steil PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • TITLE HERE Stay connected with students. Their ENERGY and OPTIMISM is contagious Gerry Couture PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • TITLE HERE Students seek advice and in turn impart their enthusiasm for their career ahead Ann McAfee PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • TITLE HERE Welcome women into planning. They bring a CONSTRUCTIVE & COLLABORATIVE approach to the business which helps society move forward N. Tunnacliffe (a man) PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • TITLE HERE Have a sense of HUMOUR and don‟t be afraid to share it Mary Bishop PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • TITLE HERE “If you‟re not fired with enthusiasm, you‟ll be fired, with enthusiasm.” Vince Lombardi, NFL coach PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • TITLE HERE Planners get to place a small mark on the canvas of those who came before us. Lucky us. F .Lewinberg PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • TITLE HERE Planning is based on faith: You must BELIEVE in a future; That this future could be better; That this possibly better future can be achieved through human efforts; That the human efforts involved include planning. Hok-Lin Leung PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • EXERCISE #1 – Adopting a Positive Attitude PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE 1. Reflection- How do you stay optimistic? (on post-it notes write one strategy per note) 2. Share with your group 3. Stick similar strategies together
  • PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE Nothing great was ever achieved WITHOUT ENTHUSIASM• R. W. Emerson
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  • In admitting our WEAKNESSES, we find STRENGTH• PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • By expressing UNCERTAINTY, we earn TRUST• PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • And by acting with HUMILITY, we gain CONFIDENCE• PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • These are PARADOXES• PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • These PARADOXES of vulnerability are for us, the key to achieving TRUE COLLABORATION• PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • EXERCISE #2 – Inviting Collaboration Through Invitation IN PAIRINGS OF TWO: 1. Share a problem (use „I feel‟ statements). 2. The responder identifies and expresses empathy for the person sharing the problem. 3. The responder then asks a question to embark upon collaboration and possibility. PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • The last of human freedoms is the ability to CHOOSE ONE’S ATTITUDE in any given set of circumstances• Viktor Frankl PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • Is this FEAR just here to destroy me or to tell me to do SOMETHING about it? Immaculée Ilibagiza PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • From these stories, and our own professional experience, no one can ever take our ATTITUDE or DIGNITY away from us• These are ours, AND OURS ALONE• PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • POSITIVE ENERGY COLLEAGUESGRATITUDE GENEROSITY POSSIBILITY AFFIRMATION CITIZENS CLIENTS FAMILY FRIENDSPOSITIVITY PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • Why is this IMPORTANT? PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • It is important because our work MATTERS• PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • We can affect a GREATER GOOD when we ENVISION a positive future with positive investments toward positive change• PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • EXERCISE #3 – Sharing Positive Possibility IN PAIRINGS OF TWO (WITH A DIFFERENT STRANGER): 1. Convey something about your work that you are looking forward to and why. 2. The respondent acknowledges the person‟s enthusiasm (echoes this) and shows an understanding of what it is about. + PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE
  • Continuing the conversation: CIP new web site blog- Andrew Sacret, Director, Policy & Public Affairs, CIP Other ideas? PUTTING POSSIBILITY BACK INTO PRACTICE