“The Facilitation Masters Conversation Series™” by Millie Rush – Conversation 1

I am pleased to announce our new video series showcasing thought Leaders in facilitation, business analysis, project management, and other areas where “Facilitation” makes an impact. We will be adding videos periodically – stay tuned.

“The Facilitation Masters Conversation Series™” Produced by: Millie Rush, MGRconsulting

Facilitation Masters

Ingrid Bens, IAF CPF     Gary Rush, IAF CPF    Michael Wilkinson, IAF CPF

Music – Chopin Etude Op 10 – performed by: Sean Rush, Pianist

“What is Group Facilitation and why is it important?”

This is the first of 6 conversations around Group Facilitation with Ingrid Bens, CPF, Gary Rush, CPF, and Michael Wilkinson, CPF.  The 6 conversations are:

  1. “Why is facilitation important and for whom?  Why do Leaders need it most of all?
  2. What are the 3 changes you have seen in facilitation since you began?  coming soon
  3. What separates great Facilitators from good ones?  coming soon
  4. What do you see for the future of Facilitators? Of facilitation?  coming soon

What is the goal of this video?

We want to get people to understand what “Group Facilitators” do and why it is a special skill that you learn through proper training. Like any job skill, Facilitation skills can be taught and learned. A Group Facilitator is far more than “one who makes easier.”

“What is Group Facilitation and why is it important?”

We believe that facilitation is a critical skill for the 21st Century. Group Facilitators should be in high demand – effectively facilitated workshops and meetings save organizations time, money, increases quality, and enhances communication creating a collaborative culture. Therefore we believe that every job should include a requirement for facilitation skills.

What we’d like you to take-away from this video is an understanding that facilitation skills is the one skill-set that cannot be outsourced and that effective Facilitators are highly effective Leaders who understand “how to” delegate, develop effective processes, bring people together as a team, and “how to” guide by letting go of their ego. We also want you to understand that Facilitator training needs to be taken seriously – it cannot be, “I learned on the job.”

We welcome your feedback and please share these with everyone in your network.

Author: Gary Rush

Gary Rush, IAF CPF is Founder & CEO of MGR Consulting since 1985 becoming a leading facilitator and facilitator trainer creating his own facilitation technique - FAST revolutionizing it with FoCuSeD™ - a unique approach to structured facilitation transforming the facilitation industry. He has trained thousands of people from more than 18 countries, and has delivered his structured facilitation class in 8 countries within North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. His students have gone on to become CEOs and CIOs, crediting their success to the people and process skills gained in his facilitator training classes. He has written numerous “how to” books covering facilitation, collaborative leadership, strategic planning, data modeling, etc. During a hiatus from consulting, Gary owned and was "Chef" of a highly acclaimed restaurant in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico – MG Rush dba Mirácles Restaurant. Gary has facilitated significant workshops including the first strategic plan for the combined EDS/GM organization. He also facilitated the Star Alliance workshop that resulted in identifying in-flight WiFi as a product offering. Gary is an IAF CPF Assessor and a former IAF Chair. Gary also formed and led the IAF Chicago Chapter, the second IAF chapter to be established in the U.S. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and holds a BS in English Literature.

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