January/February 2021
At the end of 2020, a group of HueLife clients, partners, and friends came together to reflect and celebrate our community. During that time, we created a vision for what our HUE News headlines would be in 2021.

As we continue to navigate challenges that life throws our way, we are also happy to report that we are well on our way to making our headlines!

In this issue of HUE News, you'll find:
  • Govapalooza - Our first virtual conference happening NEXT WEEK!
  • NEW and upcoming virtual courses
  • HUE Journeys - Cohort programs offered by HueLife to master your leadership, facilitation and engagement skills, while building a network of likeminded huemans to journey with you.

We look forward to seeing you in the virtual space or in person (cross your fingers) soon!

-The HueLife Team
Learn the what, the how, and what's next

HueLife is now offering HUE Journeys – Mastery programs that will significantly improve facilitative leadership capabilities, virtual engagement skills, deepen knowledge of various facilitation methods, and provide a fun learning environment. Learn the “what” and the “how” through a series of learning intensives over a period of a year with opportunities to practice, share, and gain feedback.

You won’t ever be on a HUE Journey alone – you will have the HueLife team there to support and mentor you and you will also create a learning community that will last well past the completion of your HUE Journey. 
Currently, we are accepting registrations for the following Journeys:
Prevention Leaders Virtual Cohort 2

DUE TO HIGH DEMAND we are starting a SECOND Prevention Leaders Cohort. This virtual cohort is made up of 5 intensives that transform personal facilitation and leadership skills designed by professionals in the prevention field for professionals in the prevention field. It will equip prevention leaders with skills to transform their communities!
HUE Leadership Journey Virtual Cohort

If you are striving to be a transformational leader, this cohort is for you! Build your leadership capabilities through an intensive skill-building cohort experience that focuses on engaging team members and stakeholders to create a collaborative work culture.
Mastering Technology of Participation (ToP)

Designed for facilitators, change agents, and leaders who aspire for mastery level ToP facilitation skills and seek to expand their competencies in engagement work. You will learn more about ToP method theory, acquire and apply new tools, practice with real clients, and share feedback with peers and certified professionals. 
The time has come!
Only a few days left to register! We want to personally invite you to join us at Govapalooza. This virtual conference will be packed with sessions where you will learn, network, and share ideas with local government leaders. We promise, you will find value in all sessions hosted by HueLife whether or not you work in local government!

Click here for the full schedule. Make sure to filter to view our 5 sessions.

Added bonuses:
  • Our partners Lumina Learning and Insights Discovery will provide free personality assessments with your registration and our team will donate a one-on-one debrief of your assessment!
  • Register a group of 10 or more for a group discount. Contact us for details!
  • AND You can do this all from home!

Here is the registration link and make sure to enter the code HUELIFE. What questions do you still have and what are you waiting for? 😊
Setting goals in an inclusive and equitable way
As we continue to engage in work to interrupt systemic injustice and inequities, we must push ourselves to think about the impact our choices and the development of our organizational goals have on the historically marginalized. As written by The Management Center, "Adding an equity and inclusion component (that’s the IE part!) to your SMART goals is like putting avocado on a sandwich—come for the health benefits, stay for the life-changing impact (and don’t ever go without it again)!"

So, what is a SMART goal and how can one become an effective SMARTIE goal?

  • Strategic – It reflects an important dimension of what your organization seeks to accomplish and is specific too.
  • Measurable – It includes numbers or defined qualities by which people can agree on whether the goal has been met.
  • Ambitious – It’s challenging enough that achievement would mean significant progress.
  • Realistic – The resources are there or can be obtained and it is possible to track and worth the time and energy to do so.
  • Time-bound – A clear date and timeline is set.
  • Inclusive – It brings traditionally marginalized people into processes, activities, and decision/policy-making in a way that shares power.
  • Equitable – It includes an element of fairness or justice that seeks to address systemic injustice, inequity, or oppression.

Adapted from The Management Center
Upcoming virtual courses
Have been asked to conduct a retrospective and are unsure of where to start? Are you a new Scrum Master and unsure of what goes into facilitating sprint retrospectives? In this 2-hour, online Quick Learn we will provide you with a proven approach to preparing productive retrospectives virtually. Brought to you by HueLife, experts in facilitation training, and Collaborative Leadership Team, experts in the Scrum framework.

WHEN: March 17 @ 1-3 PM
Spending too much time in meetings sharing updates and not moving to action? This Quick Learn will show you how to keep your project on task and people on track utilizing a template that helps participants share updates efficiently. You will learn how to keep people connected and drive your teams to action because who has time for meeting after meeting trying to gather information? All are welcome to attend and no prerequisites are needed! 

WHEN: March 12 @ 1-2 PM
Need to quickly brainstorm solutions to an issue?  This Quick Learn will offer a tool that will help the team clarify the issue so an informed decision can be made on how to resolve it quickly. All are welcome to attend and no prerequisites are needed! 

WHEN: March 12 @ 3-4:30 PM
A free monthly event where participants will have the chance to work directly with peers regarding personal facilitation inquiries. CoP is a short “coffee” break meeting, enough time for peer coaching and advice/support. Bring a project or facilitation you’re working on and trade advice with others.

WHEN: March 1 @ 9:30-10:30 AM
HueLife is offering a FREE half-day Action Planning Session for 7 nonprofit organizations, civic groups, community partners and/or informal groups who are seeking facilitation support to advance their mission through participatory and inclusive processes.

Different from strategic planning, the Action Planning Process is a foundational Technology of Participation (ToP) method which enables you to help a group rapidly pull together an effective plan, organize needed resources and mobilize individuals’ energy into action. A group will: 
  • Visualize a successful result 
  • Analyze their current reality 
  • Create a practical plan including a timeline of actions 
  • Maximize a group’s commitment and involvement

Help us spread the word to organizations you know or are a part of!
ToP Facilitation Methods and ToP Strategic Planning are eligible for 14 CEHs from the following boards: BOSA, PMI, APA, AICP, CHES-MCHES, NAICS
CEUs are also offered from Normandale Community College for any ToP course offered at their university.
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