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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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Facilitating Safety in Meetings – Do your meetings cause harm?

We were facilitating at a safety summit #thfsafety earlier this week where patient safety was on the agenda which got me thinking about how safe the workforce are when they are in the hands of others in meetings and workshops.

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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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