We provide neutral, professional facilitation services for meetings of all kinds, large and small, cohesive groups or disparate contentious groups. The role of the facilitator is to help the group get its work done, regardless of any interpersonal issues or group dysfunctions.
Effective facilitation is a set of essential skills that are only successful if utilized within the context of a broader understanding of group dynamics and the ability to keep one’s own agenda entirely separate from the group’s. The multitude of skills include:
- Meeting process management
- Clarifying communication
- Creating agreement on “Rules of Engagement” – Ground Rules
- Group process / group dynamics
- Conflict management / resolution
- Group problem solving and decision making
- Building consensus
- Foster Open participation
- Managing discussions and air time
- Agenda building
- Coaching team and individuals
- Knowledge of structured exercises & “ice breakers” to use appropriately
- Ability to keep discussions focused within time constraints
- Ensure recording of decisions, actions, and responsibilities for action items
The ability to stay neutral and stay focused on group dynamics rather than the content being discussed are the two most essential abilities of a professional facilitator.
The facilitator uses research-based models, tools, activities and materials to manage the interpersonal and structural issues, making sure these are under control, so the team can relax and utilize their logic and technical skills to do the work they came together to accomplish.
A facilitator from The Management Edge® is a highly trained and experienced professional whose work will accelerate the speed of a group’s work, enhance its quality and decrease the tension they experience in getting the work done.
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