Why Should You Attend?

This workshop goes beyond typical facilitation trainings. Here are some highlights of what to expect from attending this workshop:

You will learn a holistic approach to solving problems in groups rather than just a set of tools. Many facilitators know how to use sticky dots and post it notes…they tend to focus on the process of facilitation as an end in itself. With a more comprehensive approach, we assess the requirements for a group session (or project), then deliver a process tool that fits that situation.

You’ll enhance awareness of culture and community. The ability to build and sustain relationships is a very important part of facilitative leadership. Coming up with solutions and outcomes that in fact create positive relationships can nurture positive workplace climate and lead to more creative, meaningful work over the long term. The sustainable perspective builds community by tapping into the HUGE potential of a group.

Beyond learning effective facilitation tools, you’ll also work with the more subtle aspect of yourself as an instrument of group process. When something changes inside, everything tends to change on the outside. Therefore, our integral approach to facilitation addresses the inner and the outer aspects of yourself and the group. While leaving out perspectives tends to lead us to incomplete or inadequate solutions, our integral perspective will help your groups arrive at the most comprehensive and relevant solutions possible.

While traditional planning tools generally gauge what will likely occur in the future, they are less useful for addressing the issues of emergent complexity. As such, firm answers are often elusive, and the quest for them can be time and resource intensive. Instead, if we prepare ourselves and our staff and stakeholder teams to facilitate conversations that emerge in the midst of uncertainty, we are developing an organizational capacity to nimbly respond to those issues more appropriately and efficiently than any traditional approach. In this workshop we teach facilitative leaders the competencies they need to support divergent thinking while sustaining group relationships, which ultimately leads to effective and durable decisions. The cost benefit of this investment is critical for companies to understand, for it takes us beyond the reactive, quarterly-return approach and begins to build infrastructures for moderate term and longer term change.

You will be immersed in an environment of challenge and uncertainty, very much like most of the groups and situations we find ourselves in every way today. You will be offered perspectives and tools to help you navigate this dynamic complexity.

The course will likely transform your thinking and behavior around the value and limitations of facilitation skills in every role you play, whether it be leader, supervisor, or follower. And it will give you the confidence and the humility you need to jump into the toughest situations.