The benefits of facilitation
My role as a facilitator is simple; to help a group such as a Senior Leadership Team or Board do their best thinking together.
In my experience, facilitation can bring
meetings that are more productive and focused on change
clearer, better, faster, inclusive, collaborative decisions
participatory decision-making that gets everyone on the same page
clear outputs, actions and accountabilities
resolution of disagreement and support to overcome dysfunctional or negative dynamics
freedom for all participants to work on the content rather than process of the meeting
a safe democratic space that enables everyone to feel comfortable contributing, ensuring the meeting isn’t dominated by ‘the usual suspects’
clarifying, objective and insightful questions that surface what is not being said where it’s helpful to do so
I’m aware that many of the strategy and organisational development projects I engage in have the potential to bring leadership teams closer in understanding and respect. In many cases, they are often Big Topics, and issues or tensions that have been ‘bubbling’ may surface.
As such, I spend time understanding the purpose, people, and sometimes ‘politics’ behind the gathering and I will tailor my approach accordingly, be it online or in-person, drawing on tools and frameworks - or a more conversational approach.
If you have an important meeting or process you’d like to run smoothly, drop me a note in the contact box below.
Stephen, Social Enterprise CEO