What Can We Learn From Our Mistakes? A few years ago, I had a disappointing experience as a member of a local personal growth group. Even as a person publishing a weekly ezine on the subject of facilitation, it turns out that my passion for facilitation may have been a major contributing factor to the […]
Archives for February 2012
dancing in emptiness… Have you ever struggled to wake up from a dream? You have a sense that something isn’t right with the scene but you can’t quite put your finger on it. The dream is scary, painful, or confusing and your mind is looking for an escape…but it can’t escape in the dream. What […]
What facilitators don’t know can serve their groups In most cases, facilitators are highly regarded professionals. We must present a strong and professional image as we’re “on stage” much of the time, performing an important function for our clients, employees, students, neighbors, etc. And as is often the case with people standing in front of […]
I often marvel at the vast intelligence, energy, and resources we collectively squander by undermining each other’s efforts. We see this happening everywhere–in business, politics, government, education, etc. One group springs up simply to oppose the goals and ideas of another. I often wonder what would happen if we could better align our efforts, focusing […]
Few Leaders Possess Basic Facilitation Skills Research shows that on average, leaders of meetings and working groups are not equipped with basic group leadership and facilitation skills. Once these skills are learned, groups get far more done in less time, while saving money and loads of frustration. Artful utilization of these skills helps to create […]
Collaboration Requires Focus on Group Dynamics AND Results Effective facilitation of people processes yields huge leverage to you as a business leader. Synergy builds within your group when your people feel valued and heard, increasing their value to your organization. Facilitative Leadership will directly impact your revenue and retention rates.
Effective group leadership and facilitation skills aren’t widely taught. Leaders and project managers receive little training in the “context” in which their technical skills are meant to be used—within groups of people! Group process is a science unto itself. Fortunately, what you need to know is not all that hard to learn.
The draw of smart phones and various electronic devices seems to be consuming an increasing amount of our attention. The inappropriate use of these technologies in classrooms, meetings, and working groups is a growing concern among many facilitators and trainers. In this article we offer ideas several facilitators have found useful in dealing with this issue. […]