“The Facilitation Masters Conversation Series™” by Millie Rush – Conversation 2

I am pleased to share the second of our new video series showcasing thought Leaders in facilitation, business analysis, project management, and other areas where “Facilitation” makes an impact. We will continue adding videos over the coming months – 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 are the 3 changes you have seen in facilitation since you began?”

This is the second of 4 conversations around Group Facilitation with Ingrid Bens, CPF, Gary Rush, CPF, and Michael Wilkinson, CPF.  The 4 conversations are:

  1. “Why is facilitation important and for whom?  Why do Leaders need it most of all?” – previously posted
  2. “What are the 3 changes you have seen in facilitation since you began?”
  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.

Challenge Paradigms – Be Creative – Cognitivity

This creativity PET forces people to think about something familiar in a new way.  Use Cognitivity to stimulate creativity, break paradigms, or to energize a group that has been analyzing a situation in depth and is burned out.  Note: This PET can be the basis of an entire workshop if the purpose of the workshop is to generate new ideas.
  • To stimulate creativity by looking at something familiar in a new way.
  • To open up new ways of thinking.
Do the following:
  • Select an object that has a simple geometric shape: ball, cylinder, cone, etc.  You can use any sized object.  Examples are: a role of tape, a glue stick, or a small cardboard box.
  • Hand the object to the first person.
    • Explain the rules:
      • The shape remains the same, but it can be any size, color, material, solid or hollow.
      • Each person has to say one idea about the shape – how it can be used.
        • Record the ideas on a flip chart in two columns: New and Old.
          • Old ideas are things that already exist in that shape – example: a cone represents an ice cream cone.
          • New ideas are new uses for that shape – example: a cone can be a new shape for soft drinks – the tip replaces the need for a straw.
      • In order for a new idea to be recorded, the person must present at least one advantage, as in the example above.
  • Pass the object around to the next person until all have participated.
      • After one go-around, you can:
        • Continue if the people want to continue.
        • Reflect on the change in energy of the group if you are using this to energize the group and use the new energy to better accomplish the task.
    • Repeat the PET, only this time; replace the object with what they are struggling with.  At the end, discuss the new ideas in detail.  These become possible solutions.
Debriefing Questions:
  • What did you learn about the topic that you didn’t know before?
  • Are there any surprises?  What are they?