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The Team Building Experience Isn’t About You

Be Chameleon-like Facilitator

“A leader is best when people barely know they exist…when their work is done, their aim fulfilled, they will all say: We did it ourselves.” —Lao-Tzu, ancient philosopher Note to Self: The Team Building Experience Isn’t About You By Jim Grout Recently, I co-wrote with Lisa Hunt a blog about “upping your facilitation game.” One […]




Are You Ready To Up Your Facilitation Game?

Are You Ready To Up Your Facilitation Game? Co-written By Lisa Hunt, Jim Grout & Former High 5 Trainer, Chris Ortiz How have you grown the most as a facilitator, outside of trial by fire? Recently, I attended a facilitator round table hosted by facilitator, creator and writer, Meg Bolger, and the partner conversation prompt […]




Leadership in the Time of COVID-19

Leadership in the Time of COVID-19  By Jim Grout Rick Hess, whose blogs are frequently posted on Education Week, is one of my favorite no-nonsense, thoughtful observers about education and life in general. Reading his recent blog entitled Five Thoughts on the Coronavirus and Schools, I was struck by how much it has to do […]




Time to Wake Up Your Challenge Course!

Time to Wake Up Your Challenge Course! From: Todd Brown & Ian Doak Here in New England, it is not often that the first day of spring and the view out my window match up and today is no different—-pockets of snow on the ground and blustery wind swirling about!  Spring has a special meaning […]




Keep Your Office Culture Strong. CONNECTION is the Key!

Want to Improve Your Organizational Culture?  Imaginative Ways to Connect! By Jim Grout Flashback 13 weeks ago, I was putting the finishing touches on a blog that started like this… “Schools succeed, nonprofits thrive, sports teams win, and businesses profit when the culture of the organization is positive.  At High 5, we spend a lot […]




Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall… Is There A Leader Within?

Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall… Is There a Leader Within? By Jim Grout As the wicked queen in Snow White discovered, looking in a mirror can be a reassuring or unsettling experience—it depends on what you hope to see. We all seek to improve ourselves throughout our lives, to be a better person in ways […]




A Force to Be Reckoned With: The Helium Hoop

What’s Worse Than Unhealthy Conflict?  Let the Helium Hoop Decide. By Tom Miller, Phil Brown & Rich Keegan Priya Parker, author of The Art of Gathering, suggests unhealthy politeness is toxic to the development of effective teams. The observation of stilted social norms can be destructive to a team’s coherence and cohesiveness, all the while […]




5 Tips to Build Team Performance

Improve Your Team’s Performance with These High “5” Tips By Jim Grout A long time ago, I learned that even an experiential educator can’t experience everything. That may seem obvious, but in my world of adventure learning, experience is the key to everything we know and it directs our hands-on teaching methodology.  However, the days, […]




The Joy of Conversation

The Joy Of Conversation – It’s Worth the Effort By Jim Grout When was the last time you had a conversation that mattered?  I know the word “mattered” is a relative term, but recently I have been reflecting on the importance of conversations and how many meaningful conversations I have had with students during our […]