June 30, 2011 8 Comments
Benefits will ensue both to the organization and the participants. In a networked world, organizations that deploy skilled facilitators to lead projects and others teams, have allocated human capital to ensure the success of their most expensive investment—meetings.
- As context is carefully managed, teams are free to focus on higher quality content
- As staff are treated as colleagues, commitment and motivation increases
- As stakeholders’ ideas are sought, meeting activity will be more collaborative and innovative
- With assertive structure and facilitation, quality dialogue becomes the focus
For modern leaders who have been successful with their existing style, they may accrue additional benefits from the increased flexibility of adapting a facilitative style:
- Facilitative leadership makes it easier to develop new leaders
- Greater commitment and buy-in through stakeholder input and involvement
- Improved, self-managing teams
- Increased ability to help others make complex, collaborative decisions
- Increased return-on-meeting time and investment
Let us know what you think by commenting below. For additional methodology and team-based meeting support for your change initiatives, refer to “Change or Die, a Business Process Improvement Manual” for much of the support you might need to lead more effective groups, teams, and meetings.
Become Part of the Solution—Improve Your Facilitation and Methodology Skills
The FAST curriculum on Professional Facilitation Skills details the responsibilities and dynamics of an effective facilitator and methodologist. 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 numerous 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.
- When To Use Facilitative Leadership (facilitativeleadership.wordpress.com)
- The DNA of a Modern Leader (facilitativeleadership.wordpress.com)
- How to Communicate Meeting and Workshop Results (facilitativeleadership.wordpress.com)
- How To Structure the Introduction to Meetings and Workshops (facilitativeleadership.wordpress.com)