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Facilitating with Rabbits

You are running a meeting and a participant in the meeting is ´rabbiting on..´ What might you notice? One person dominating the discussion, others in the meeting withdrawing or starting to become distracted, looking around at each other as if to say; ´Help! Can´t anyone do something to stop this?!´

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Facilitating Engagement

Poor meetings are taking their toll on staff engagement. A study by Steven Rogelberg, of the University of North Carolina, and colleagues showed that how workers feel about the effectiveness of meetings correlates with their general satisfaction or dissatisfaction with their jobs, even after controlling for personality traits and environmental factors such as work design, supervision, and pay. Instead of improving communication and collaboration, as intended, bad meetings undermine those things. It´s time to think like a facilitator when planning, designing and running your meetings!

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Facilitating Productivity - it´s a win win!

Helping to get the best out the time and the people available to meet objectives is the mainstay of a facilitator when designing and facilitating a meeting or workshop. The same can be applied to every organisation with the addition of the product or service you have to offer. Getting the most from what you have, not wasting time, sales opportunities, effort or any other resource and maximising any investment in that resource is what productivity is and facilitators together with work teams can be a powerful catalyst to enhancing workplace productivity and customer experience. Here´s how....

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Facilitating a Mountain Climb

Over the weekend a few of us from the cycling club took on one of the top 100 climbs, it struck me as I was half way up that not having prepared sufficiently for the climb meant that I was not in the best place to manage my energy which also resonates with me as a facilitator of meetings - here is why..

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Facilitating Ambivalence

Facilitating ambivalence, sound typical to you? Hardly! Most people arrive at a meeting having already decided on the position and decision they wish to take or the option they wish to support. Our challenge as facilitators is to help the group recognise this and set it aside in order to support a decision making process based on shared interests and not starting from indiviudal positions.

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Facilitating -smoothing the way

Conflict is normal in groups, it challenges thinking, recognises that people are different and see things from different perspectives and are willing and able to offer different approaches, the role of the facilitator is to create an environment where this is possible and to offer a structure to support effective resolution and progress. The difficulties arise when conflicts are embedded and relationships have suffered over the period of many meetings or months, the key here is to know the difference.´

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Facilitation by Degrees

In meetings where egos are allowed to dominate and derail progress and process there can be only one result - chaos. Understanding how egos are formed and how we work to protect them and how that manifests itself in meeting behaviour is bread and butter for the facilitator but for the uninformed and uninitiated it can be a minefield. In this example it is the meeting leader who has an ego out of control... read on....

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Facilitate Le Tour

Here at facilitate this! we are gearing up for an exciting time when Le Tour de France comes to Yorkshire. The spectacle, the indivual riders, the teams and the task all requiring 100% commitment to make it happen. Its the same in every workplace, everyday we just dont recognise it in the same way and within all of that, so much to facilitate along the way!

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Facilitate Freedom to Explore Ideas

A New Year can provide the stimulus for new starts, new directions, new ways and new opportunities, however research suggests that new ideas often have less that 8 seconds of space before they are criticized.. facilitators encourage groups to suspend judgement and let ideas breathe - here´s why and how...

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Are your meetings - ´Miserably disappointing gatherings´?

Papers released from Cabinet in the 1980´s have referred to the meetings run by Margaret Thatcher as ´miserably disappointing gatherings, devoid of debate and full of unctious self satisfaction´. Do your company meetings do much better? Is it time to get a facilitator on the role call or train up your staff?

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