Groups are more complex than the sum of the individuals involved. Getting exceptional, even acceptable results, takes far more than simply bringing a bunch of smart people together. Whether you’re an official group leader, facilitator, trainer, consultant, coach, or even a group participant, we offer workshops, training, coaching, and the tools you need to get the results you’re after in your groups.
I view Self-Awareness as foundational to effective group leadership. As I review the primary drivers for facilitators—their core values—I’ve been exploring some kind of framework upon which these values might arise. To do this, I begin with the basic premise that were are all here now with a most precious faculty, that is Awareness itself. […]
Collaboration is key to achieving results in organizations. Yet cultural programming and the pounding mantra to compete from every sector of society often overshadows the possibility of collaboration. Thankfully today there seems to be a growing interest, along with a growing need to collaborate. In this article, we explore several societal norms that impede collaborative […]
How can a leader help a group reach an efficient consensus decision? First of all, it’s important to define what’s meant by “consensus”. Here’s a definition that’s works for me: Consensus is a decision that every member of the group has had input to, understands, and is willing to support. Note that consensus does not mean that […]
Perhaps the shortest correspondence in history occurred in 1862 when author Victor Hugo left on vacation after submitting his manuscript Les Miserables to his publisher. After some time away and wondering how his book was doing, he sent the following letter to his publisher: “?” His publisher replied in kind with: “!” The context I […]
As it turns out, “The Imposter Syndrome” is a common affliction among successful people such as doctors, lawyers, actors, teachers, politicians; and yes, even facilitators, trainers, group leaders, and their participants. Imposter syndrome is defined as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist even in face of evidence to the contrary. It is experienced […]
This past weekend, I met with two of my closest friends to review and discuss the direction and mission of FacilitatorU. After much discussion, a breakthrough occurred. We realized a clear theme that had not been articulated before. This theme aligns and contains my most persistent interests, practice, and teachings. It’s also edgy and counterintuitive, […]