DON'T BE BUSY. BE
Facilitating an offsite/onsite, strategic planning, or conflicted group takes skill, energy, and experience. While some organizations have the capabilities internally to self facilitate team sessions, the organisational culture, people's personality styles, misaligned goals and time management can come into play and can derail a well-intended group session.
Some common challenges to overcome are:
1. To do the required preparation to design a well thought out and engaging agenda that is fit for purpose
From the outset, when groups of people are being pulled away from the business operations, time and effort needs to be invested in nailing the session's purpose, agenda & process. Aligning goals to the business priorities and getting key stakeholder input will result in an agenda designed to deliver results.
2. To provide a safe space that nurtures the company and human values e.g. innovation, diversity & inclusion
To make diverse and x-functional teams effective, ground rules need to be established upfront, appropriate input needs to be sought at all stages of the process, relationships nourished, conflict managed sensitively and everyone's voice heard & capabilities utilised.
3. To host and facilitate a session that is focused on the 3 key elements of 'debate, decide, deliver'
Effective and productive meetings achieve the appropriate balance of time and emphasis across these 3 elements. Clarity is created around roles and responsibilities, on who's being asked for input, who the decision makers are, who owns the delivery plan and alignment on SMART goals for each agenda item.
HOW I can PARTNER WITH you
If cohesion, problem solving and outcomes are some of the key measures of success of your team session, hiring me as your facilitator is worth considering.
As a seasoned leader, I will collaborate with you to co-design and deliver tailor-made team sessions that are more inclusive, focused, innovative, fun & productive!
Together we will engage the team to design the future, generate energy, stay focused on the big picture, make key strategic decision, and build ownership across the organisation. Team sessions are less likely to be boring, frustrating, or wasteful.