The Facilitator as Conscious Sailor

I’m working on a Facilitation Skills course for leaders and thinking hard about how to distill 30 years of experience into a day. My definition of an effective facilitator is “Someone who makes the work of the group easier, through planned and spontaneous interventions.”  I think it captures the aspect of being of service to the group, and the facilitator’s responsibility to bring something important to the table.

A good metaphor comes to mind:  The way of the Conscious Sailor.

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Not the time for team building activities

The word team has been stolen from sports to become the label we apply to most all work groups. And when our work team acts in un-sportsmanlike ways, we are eager to provide a quick fix – whether it’s outdoor team building exercises, an off-site meeting or an evening at a local pub. Yet we discover that team building events, no matter how well intended,  doesn’t always work. Perhaps it’s not the time for team building.

Could it be that today’s popular T.V.

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Leaders Can Transition New Team Members

Just this month I learned something about horses that I didn’t know, when a friend of mine was working in a stable. She told me that when new horses are brought to be boarded, there is a method of introducing them to the herd that eases the transition and makes it safe for all the horses. As a leadership Coach, I have facilitated many “assimilation” meetings for arriving leaders and team members. While this intervention really helps, I realized that stable managers – and horses –

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Mindfulness when training

Today I taught a course to 18 adults. This is a course that I can sometimes be bored by – I have taught it many, many times and the topic is one that is very familiar to me. In fact, the last time I taught this course several students gave me low evaluations. This was a shock to my system. I grew up a straight A student and I don’t like to fail (Best or Bust has been my motto). So, I was not actually looking forward to this program or this day.

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