February 24, 2011 2 Comments
With this initial blog we have launched compelling content about the dynamic role of a facilitator into the interactive world of instant communications. This blog site will anchor feeds to Linked-In, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Facebook, and potentially more than 300 other sites for seekers of improved leadership skills.
Topics soon to appear include:
- Precise questioning technique,
- Rhetorical precision and the cost of a single word,
- Speaker challenges,
- The Tao of facilitation,
- Turning your responsibility matrix into a GANTT chart, and
- and some valuable review of current research and empirical studies
The first known use of the term occurred in France in 1611 (think Renaissance). At the time, the transition from the Latin adjective “facil” or easily accomplished or attained can be likened to the transliteration of Google from a noun into a verb.
Our purpose for this blog is similar, to make it easier for you to make it easier for others to make , explain issues and positions, create and understand options, and more informed decisions.
Our FAST+ curriculum has always defined the term “consensus” as a condition one can support and not lose any sleep over. We aspire to make it possible and easier for you to help others reach consensus while never yielding to the easy answer. Rather we intend to enable and empower you to help your groups create, innovate, and breakthrough the barriers of miscommunication, politics, and perceived intolerance.
Much depends on you and your attitude. By subscribing to this blog you will embrace the attitude of ongoing learning and improvement, the most effective attitude to be a facultative leader in this new millennium. We look forward to your comments, replies, and subsequent challenges—and ask that you forward this material to all session leaders, even if they are not FAST+ certified facilitators.
Let us know what you think by commenting below. For additional methodology and team-based meeting support for your change initiative, refer to “Change or Die, a Business Process Improvement Manual” for much of the support you might need.
Become Part of the Solution, Improve Your Facilitation Skills
The FAST curriculum on Professional Facilitation Skills details the responsibilities and dynamics mentioned above. Remember, nobody is smarter than everybody, so consult your FAST Facilitator Reference Manual or attend a FAST professional facilitative leadership training workshop offered around the world (see MG Rush for a current schedule — an excellent way to earn 40 PDUs from PMI, CDUs from IIBA, or CEUs).
Do not forget to order Change or Die if you’re working on a business process improvement project. It provides detailed workshop agendas and detailed tools to make your role easier and your team’s performance a lot more effective—daring you to embrace the will, wisdom, and activities that amplify a facilitative leader.
- Facilitate Meaning, Not Words (facilitativeleadership.wordpress.com)
- How to (Not) Gesture while Facilitating (facilitativeleadership.wordpress.com)
- How to Facilitate Brainstorming (facilitativeleadership.wordpress.com)
- How to Facilitate the Ideation Activity with the Brainstorming Tool (facilitativeleadership.wordpress.com)
- The Role of Session Leader (facilitativeleadership.wordpress.com)
- How to Get a Promising Meeting to Fail (facilitativeleadership.wordpress.com)
- How To Actively Listen (facilitativeleadership.wordpress.com)
- How to Analyze Brainstorming Input (continued) (facilitativeleadership.wordpress.com)
- Rhetorical Precision and Clear Communications (facilitativeleadership.wordpress.com)
- How to Facilitate Requirements Gathering (facilitativeleadership.wordpress.com)