The Square Wheels Toolkit...for Supervisors & Team Leaders
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The Square Wheels Toolkit...for Supervisors & Team Leaders

The Ultimate & Stupidly Simple Toolkit for Facilitating Engagement, Innovation & Motivation
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  • 44 mins on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 9 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Facilitate a performance improvement workshop using the Square Wheels Toolkit.
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  • All files and materials referenced in this course are provided for download as part of the The Square Wheels Toolkit.
  • Participants will need to have a licensed copy of Microsoft Powerpoint to run the presentation files or they can use the alternative PDF files supplied.
  • A PDF reader (Acrobat or other) will be required to open any PDF files.

The Square Wheels Toolkit and Online Training Course is a self-contained, ready-to-go solution, created specifically for busy team leaders, managers & supervisors. 

If you have ever struggled to engage your team in constructive, positive discussions about their work then you will benefit from using the Square Wheels Toolkit in your next team meeting, workshop or group discussion.

Square Wheels is simple to use, and while the ideas and results it can generate are virtually limitless, your opportunity to introduce the material correctly and quickly engage your team is not. Getting things right the first time is a must. 

The success and progress of your team is something we take seriously, and that is why we have created this course to make sure you start off on the right foot.  By learning the key elements and techniques we have used to run Square Wheels sessions with businesses from around the world, you will have your team focussed, engaged and contributing to whatever topic you wish to tackle!

If you're tired of hearing only yourself talking in meetings, or you are sick of having to answer your own questions all the time, then join the thousands of other team leaders, managers and supervisors using the Square Wheels metaphor to help teams shift their thinking, create new ideas and communicate more effectively. 

“It’s always fascinating to watch how one idea spurs another and listening to groups share their "a-ha" moments together. The Square Wheels Toolkit is such an effective tool to get people talking and thinking.” ...JEAN MARRAPODI, NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

"We just used the Square Wheels Toolkit for our regional meeting with 60 supervisors. We actually extended our session beyond the alloted time because there was so much energy in the room! A fantastic experience and I was thrilled with the materials. Thank-you!”...GLENDA KEIPER, MEETING FACILITATOR


The Square Wheels toolkit provides everything right out of the box so you can quickly and easily deliver a high-impact session for your team; 

  • Comprehensive Facilitators Guide (PDF)
  • Participants Workbook (PDF)
  • Video Based Training Course (Online)
  • Preformatted Presentation/Slideshow (PowerPoint & PDF) 
  • and 12 months FREE access to our online membership site


  • Direct access to download all the Square Wheels Toolkit resources in one place
  • Understand all of the core concepts, metaphors & themes used in the The Square Wheels Toolkit
  • Learn which materials you need and how to manage participant groups to ensure your session is setup for success
  • Learn exactly what questions to ask for maximum clarity and impact
  • Learn how to make group decisions that really stick
  • Bonus video: The Importance of Team Ownership (by Dr. Scott Simmerman, creator of the Square Wheels universe)
Who is the target audience?
  • This is a course for supervisors, managers and anyone responsible for leading performance improvement initiatives at work.
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Curriculum For This Course
Welcome and Course Introduction
3 Lectures 04:57

Hey and hi! Welcome to the Square Wheels project, we're so happy to have you here. Thanks for making the choice to come work with us. 

Preview 02:10

Get your bearings and learn how the course has been designed. In this video we outline what what you can expect as you progress through the course. 

Preview 02:37

All of the Square Wheels Toolkit files, images and presentation materials are available for download in this section.

Running You Square Wheels Session
3 Lectures 30:38

This video is all about preparing you for your first square wheels session. In this lecture we focus on pinpointing exactly what you hope to get out of the session and also what you hope the team gets out using the toolkit. I also share three things I like to remind myself before going into a square wheels session.

Preview 06:17

Here are 5 questions related to this lecture on Expectations. Take this quick quiz to check your understanding.

Quick Check-in: The Expectation
5 questions

This lecture is all about the star of the show, the Square Wheels illustration. The video is focussed on walking you through all of the metaphors, meanings and characters that make up the Square Wheels illustration. 

The Illustration

Quick Check-in: The Illustration
5 questions

In this video, we walk step-by-step through what it takes to lead a successful Square Wheels session. We review exactly what to say (and what not to!), the questions to ask and how to help the group make decisions that stick.

Make sure you download this quick and easy guide outlining three simple steps you should take before the workshop to ensure your Square Wheels session rolls smoothly. (PDF link below)

The Conversation

Quick Check-in: The Conversation
6 questions
Getting Support (Inside the Wagon)
2 Lectures 04:56

So you've made it to the end of course...congratulations and well done! 

Bur what if you still have some questions or need some help working with your team? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Inside the Wagon is a closed Facebook group, just for students that take this course. It's a place where we hang out, answer questions, publish some articles and release great new content including Square Wheels related images, stop motion videos and even Scott's poems and haiku's about the workplace :-)

We can't wait to see you there!

Inside the Wagon Overview

Bonus Goodies!
2 Lectures 03:32

How do you work with large numbers in a group and still make sure everyone get to be heard? How will you reach a decision and move forward when the group can't agree? Is there a way to avoid one or two people taking over a session and dominating the conversation? The answer is yes!

The Idea Rating System is a process designed to help workshop and meeting leaders. It is a process for helping everyone in the group put forward their ideas and provide a simple, non-threatening way of finding out how acceptable those ideas are to the rest of the group...

***PDF downloads below***

BONUS 1: Making Difficult Group Decisions Using An Idea Rating System

This is bonus video and a chance to listen to some additional thoughts about team ownership from Dr Scott Simmerman. Scott is the creator of the Square Wheels world and their is no one more qualified when it comes to understanding the philosophy behind the toolkit. You'll enjoy this one!

BONUS 2: Nobody Washes a Rental Car: Dr. Scott Simmerman
About the Instructor
Daniel Stones
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Course Guide & Co-founder of The Square Wheels Project

Dan Stones cares deeply about helping people work better together. Prior to co-founding The Square Wheels Project, Dan managed a number of businesses and lead teams of all sizes in product and project management for almost 15 years. 

Dan has extensive experience working across multiple industries at senior levels with major brands all over the world; ranging from top performing retail chains and major supermarket groups in Australia, to e-commerce & software development for international airlines, major technology companies, and global financial institutions. 

Dan is a graduate of La Trobe University, Certified Strategic Interventionist and NLP Practitioner. He is also a member of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF).

Dr. Scott Simmerman
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Creator of The Square Wheels Project

As Managing Partner of Performance Management Company since 1984, it's been great fun creating organizational development tools that help people focus on optimizing involvement, engagement and collaboration. I hold a doctorate in behavioral neurophysiology, have been consulting since 1978 and am a Certified Professional Facilitator by the IAF and a Certified Professional Trainer (IAPPD) with 30+ years of presenting experiences.

These Square Wheels cartoons are recognized globally as powerful tools for engagement and communications, since they are so easy to use. PMC's products support a global network of consultants and trainers doing employee engagement and organizational development activities to impact performance results. With our new Square Wheels Project, we are now going straight to the people who can benefit most from these metaphors and facilitated discussion.

If you would benefit by having some outstanding organizational development, facilitation or employee engagement tools, contact me. I can provide ideas and resources. Much of my approach is wrapped around my Square Wheels® illustrations, all stemming from Square Wheels One--a wagon rolling on Square Wheels with a cargo of round rubber tires. It is a fun way to look at how organizations really work!

Contact me!

Specialties: Collaboration, Teamwork, Dis-Un-Engagement, Innovation, Facilitation and Motivation are key frameworks for the tools I've developed and the approach we support. Memorable team building, leadership development, managing and leading change, motivating and involving people are some things you can do well using our simple tools.