We facilitate productive team meetings to ensure specific, desired outcomes
What is the role of the facilitator?
The role of the facilitator is to impartially direct the activities of a group meeting with a common purpose to ensures an efficient process. The facilitator does not have decision-making authority.
What types of issues or processes might call for a facilitator?
Typical facilitation engagement themes are:
- Designing/redesigning organizational structures
- Strategy development
- Problem solving
- Addressing highly contentious group issues
What are the benefits of using a third-party facilitator?
An effective third-party facilitator will:
- Capture participants’ attention immediately, hold their interest, and maintain engagement
- Keep participants focused on achieving the desired outcomes
- Minimize anxiousness
- Encourage a creative dynamic
- Ensure full individual thinking and participation versus immediate group think
- Collect, organize and summarize data during and after the session(s)
- Quickly diffuse challenging behaviors and sidetracking
- Ensure all parties are heard and duly considered
- Efficiently encourage options and resolutions
- Gain commitment and buy-in
- Identify next-steps and accountabilities
Phillip Weiss Executive Solutions prefers to use an appreciative inquiry approach to facilitation. This approach seeks to leverage the best of what is working as a basis for creating new solutions and creative possibilities.