You’ve heard the phrase “Work smarter, not harder.” A leadership facilitator will help you work smarter. A good facilitator can greatly enhance the tone and attitude of a meeting, as well as the progress and development of a team or organization.
A “facilitator” is simply a person who is responsible for leading or coordinating the work of a group. This persons is responsible to make the meeting or session progress more smoothly, to help the group work together and move forward in a positive way, and to ensure that positive progress is made.
I have over 25 years of experience speaking, leading teams, and facilitating groups and meetings. I’ve worked with hundreds of teams and boards to ensure healthy development and effective leadership. I’ve lead several large and small organizations. I have also led several large organizations through change, and participated in an international study on “Leading Through Organizational Change.”
If you are considering working with a facilitator I would love to hear from you.
Why Use an Outside Leader or Facilitator?
There are times in the life of a team or organization when it is beneficial, or even essential, to hire an outside leader or facilitator for the purpose of evaluation, training, leadership, change management, conflict resolution,or to assist in the growth or progress of the teams or organization. A facilitator can help focus the needs of a meeting, team, or organization regardless of circumstances or distractions.
There may be critical or urgent needs directing this decision, or perhaps current leaders simply recognize the value of having a new perspective at a critical juncture in the life of the team or organization.
When people are stuck working in the trenches it can be difficult to see the big picture, to manage change, to navigate through critical issues, or to resolve conflict. It is not easy to navigate the daily needs of a team or organization and still find time to resolve crucial issues, manage relationships or conflict, and to focus on purpose and vision.
The Benefits of Outside Expertise
A facilitator is able to add additional expertise to an existing challenge, and to contribute to ongoing growth and development. He or she will help the team, group, or organization to move forward in a positive way.
A good facilitator has the ability to see the big picture as determined by the needs, goals, and objectives of the client, and to ensure that focus and discussion stays on track. He or she has the ability to guide the discussion as needed, skilfully adjusting focus and direction when people get off track—as so often happens in meetings—while guiding thoughts and opinions that threaten to move the conversation off topic.
This is a skill that not all people possess—which is why so many meetings are unproductive and get bogged down in irrelevant discussion—but this kind of razor focus is absolutely essential to a good facilitator.
What a good facilitator can bring to the table:
- Fresh Perspective
- Additional Expertise
- A neutral party to guide conflict resolution issues.
- Provide guidance for decision making sessions.
- Direct focus during problem solving sessions.
- Keep people focuses on the task at hand.
- Provide much needed guidance for navigating difficult decisions.
- Enable skilful development and application of policies and procedures.
A good leadership facilitator will provide innumerable benefits for you and your organization.
When You Might Consider Using A Facilitator
There are many reasons a team or organization might consider using a facilitator.
- The team or organization is facing a new or unique challenge.
- Internal conflict threaten the health or productivity of the team or organization.
- You require a neutral party to guide heated or healing discussions.
- Staff and leadership issues are coming to a head and productivity is suffering.
- You require help establishing purpose and vision.
- An unexpected change or challenge threatens to disrupt or derail the team or organization.
- Poor management or leadership disrupts team or organizational health and productivity.
- For periodic evaluation of team and organizational health, productivity, and performance.
- To help create an open and healthy working and relational environment.
- You’ve hit an impasse or you simply want to take another developmental step.
A Good Facilitator is Worth His Weight in Gold
You will notice I often refer to a “good” facilitator. This is because not all facilitators are created equal.
It is an art and a skill to facilitate a group of people well, to keep discussion on point, to focus thoughts, and to bring the best ideas out of the group.
If conflict arises (or is the “issue” being considered) the facilitator must remain detached and not get involved in the conflict. Instead, he or she must be able to evaluate, offer direction and potential solutions, allow people to feel they have been heard, and provide the necessary guidance to ensure conflict resolution. This is not easy, and is as much art as science.
A good facilitator will help you resolve issues, establish change, and resolve conflict, much more quickly and effectively. This allows the team or organization to get on with the business at hand saving time, energy, and resources.
A bad facilitator will simply waste your time, and try your patience. Whether you work with me, or someone else, please consider your needs and select the right facilitator to fit the circumstances. I will honestly let you know if I am not able to meet your needs or if someone else will serve you better. After all, your time is valuable and so is mine.
Specific Ways I Can Help
There are many ways I might help, many of which have been mentioned. Here are just a few to get the wheels turning:
- Facilitating any meeting, development sessions, or board retreat.
- Training and development day combined with organization business.
- Evaluate organizational health, productivity, and performance.
- Conflict Resolution.
- Change Management
- Team Building and Development
- Board Development
This often works well in conjunction with or following a keynote, breakout, training, or presentation. This saves time and cuts cost. My focus is on speaking and training. However, facilitating is often a desired component of my working arrangement with groups that I speak for. At times, however, I will work with clients primarily as a facilitator.
I have done board meeting, half day leadership retreats, full day retreats, weekend retreats focusing on growth and leadership training mingled with organizational or team issues of importance.
Let Me Know Your Needs
I have limited availability for this service so please contact when u are interested in talking about your objectives.
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