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Facilitation in Management

Facilitation-LogoThe words ‘facilitate’, ‘facilitation’ and ‘facilitator’ are in common use in a wide variety of contexts. Unfortunately, there can be some confusion because these words’ meanings seem, at best, fluid and, at worst, malleable.

Facilitation is a basic life skill which is much used in the business world. There, it can be used – profitably – in:

  • identifying issues
  • resolving issues
  • encouraging productive interaction
  • developing accurate objectives
  • defining the scope of change projects
  • strategic planning
  • encouraging and empowering contributions within a safe, non-threatening environment
  • engaging stakeholders

Facilitation can support organizations as they face difficulties. It can enable people to work in a collaborative and participative way to tackle key issues and also to make fundamental decisions.

Effective facilitation can make the difference between a poor decision and a brilliant one. It can make the difference between a solution that has all kinds of hidden problems and one that is robust and can be made to work.

Obviously, facilitators have a key part to play in all this. They provide a way to deliver answers to complex issues without necessarily being a subject matter expert. They need to use the most appropriate model, tool and/or technique to get the most helpful answer, allowing groups to make decisions and reach a lasting, robust agreement which has commitment and buy-in.

This gives organizations an effective participative change management toolkit. Moreover, they can use facilitation as a core management process and, possibly, as a core role within the organization.

This strategy requires organizations to build a facilitation-friendly culture to discover and then promote best practice internally – and one of the key ways to manage and embrace this change in approach to facilitation is to invest in structured and accredited facilitation.

We will soon be launching a qualification called Facilitation to help managers get the most out of their teams. For further information on Facilitation, visit our website.

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