Much of what’s visible in the world of the group facilitator are the processes, methods and structures he or she uses to help a group work effectively together.
Group Management archetypes are the skills that help facilitators choose and manage effective group processes, and engage the group in healthy participation as they progress towards their stated goals.
Cultivating Collaborative Structures
The shepherding of highly functioning groups resemble the natural cycles involved in the parenting or nurturing of any living thing. We believe that structures that progressively unfold the following elements will cultivate collaboration.
- Structures of involvement that increase in complexity and responsibility over time. Relationships deepend naturally as trust develops over time. A group’s ability to work together increases as relationships evolve.
- Purposely introduce and nurture the formation of factional subgroups. This is a natural stage of group evolution that allows smaller groups to create community with one another before they are ready to be absorbed into the larger group.
- Offer challenges that require the resources of the entire group encouraging them to reach outside of established factions. This reaching out creates new bonds and connections that stengthen the collaborative capacity of the larger group.