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Facilitate without Fear - well not too much!

Steve Davis in his most recent newsletter included an article on facilitate phobia. All facilitators might experience this at times but those who are new to facilitating or about to facilitate a meeting or group where they know of, or anticipate greater complexity may suffer more.

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Facilitation and the Art of Sailing

A recent conversation about navigating a new yacht on the Round the Island Race 2013 had me drawing many parallels with the role of the facilitator. First there is a yacht (group dimensions/experience) to understand, its nuances, how it works in certain waters, what it needs to sail fluently and efficiently and gracefully though the water and how to manage changing tides and choppy waters.

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Facilitating Effective Behaviour

Many participants in our Facilitation Skills Workshops and Facilitation Fundamentals open workshops, when asked what they would like more facilitation skills and tools to do, highlight difficult behaviours that they come across when facilitating meetings and training workshops.

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Facilitating Interruptions.. we need to interrupt this post

Few people like being interrupted, unless of course its with good news, however even then, ‘the interruption’ itself will often be first received with caution or irritation, even if it comes with a decent dose of excitement!

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Listen In! Facilitators know the Power, Do You?

I’ve been reading a fair few articles recently that have highlighted the absence, cost and consequences of poor listening or the presence, value and power of real listening. As facilitators we truly know the value of listening intently. Everyone listens, its just the quality that varies!

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Group think – the challenge for facilitators

Group think is in the news today, as a Canadian bank has made a decision to employ from outside rather than within, in order to challenge a climate of group think that has grown to prevail throughout the organisation. Group think is a key challenge for all organisations and for the facilitator.

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Facilitating Positive Change

Spring is in the air and there is no better time to consider where we are and where we want to be, brushing off the cobwebs and making steps towards some positive changes in the way we work and interact with our colleagues.

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Does Lean Media Facilitate Deception?

A recent study published in the Journal of Business Ethics investigated the role of technology on the propensity for individuals to engage in deceitful behaviour.

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´Not Another Meeting..? – The HR Director

facilitate this! in print. Towards the end of last year we were pleased to accept an offer from the Editor at HR Director to put together some comments and advice on effective team building and how to get the best out of meetings.

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What can Facilitators learn from Opticians?

Its that time of year again for me to look through a series of different lenses and see what emerges in front of my eyes, only today I am not facilitating a group, I am at the Opticians for my annual check!

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