A facilitator works with a group using processes to enable a them to collaborate and work more effectively. A facilitator plays an impartial role in the discussion, while protecting group process. They do not contribute ideas or advocate in any way. They guide the group to develop information, ensure clarity around the topics and agree next steps and actions.
Facilitators create a safe environment and use inclusive processes to ensure everyone contributes, because it is hearing the voice of everyone in the session will ensure the best outcome for the group.
Examples of group sessions I facilitate are:
Collaboration / Partner meetings
Employee engagement sessions
Teams can be made up of people in the same roles, multi-disciplinary teams or individuals from different organizations coming together to work on a shared goal. Effective teams have relationships of trust, a shared commitment and purpose, mutual accountability to achieving goals and complementary skills that will help them get there. True teams rely on each other for shared success.
High performing teams need the following to be effective:
Team norms for working together
Clear actions and agreements
Conflict resolution process
Facilitated meetings that generate action
Creating accountability and responsibility
Ways to celebrate success
I work with team leaders to help them build effective teams. This work includes:
Meetings with team leader to discuss current situation and review options
A team assessment which can include individual meetings, surveys and/or focus groups
Designing and implementing team strategies which can include team retreat, team or individual training and/or coaching
Developing a final report including recommendations and action plans as appropriate
A strategic plan defines an organization’s future direction and guides its journey to success. It addresses the following questions:
Where are we now?
Where are we going?
How will we get there?
I use a strengths based approach to strategic planning to help the group or organization review their strengths, opportunities, aspirations and the results they want to achieve. Each strategic planning process is tailored to the organization. It can include training as well as extensive consultation with staff and stakeholders.