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10 conditions to unlock the creative potential of any group

10 conditions to unlock the creative potential of any group

Have you ever experienced that the groups you work with get stuck in chaos, drama and conflict and don’t know how to be creative and innovative? Where unspoken issues sabotage the group process and the projects at hand, and you, as the facilitator, feel burned out and exhausted after leading workshops?

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From Dialogue to Decision

From Dialogue to Decision

I often find myself challenged by leaders in learning effective collaboration about the distinctions of decision-making. The argument that I often hear is that they have consulted enough before they decide and that they can’t consult and ask for input about everything. Now, this is a valid question. How much consulting is enough to make collaboration effective and maintain sovereignty as a leader in the decision-making process?

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Facipulation versus facilitation – 4 tips on how to empower your groups

Facipulation versus facilitation – 4 tips on how to empower your groups

“Facipulation” is a made-up word that describes the fine art of manipulating a group through facilitation to achieve a certain outcome or to follow a certain agenda. It is the subtle art of directing a group towards the intended outcomes that the facilitator wants. Whilst this can be necessary in some cases, it is still important for a facilitator to become aware of this tendency, and as a group participant, you will notice it instantly.

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Facilitation is the new teaching

Facilitation is the new teaching

Since I studied Adult Learning Development and Educational Psychology back in the 1990s, I pondered the question of how we can make teaching and learning more meaningful for students. How can we engage and bring out the knowledge that is right in front of us as teachers, that brings the classroom alive, present and engaged with real questions? During my studies, I found many answers to these questions, and I found that good facilitation skills and processes are essential.

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Facilitation compared to teaching, consulting and coaching

Facilitation compared to teaching, consulting and coaching

Both often happen in parallel. However, a clear distinction between teaching and facilitation is that the role of a teacher or trainer is primarily to transfer information or knowledge to participants. While teachers and trainers also facilitate group processes, the main distinction is that a trainer transfers knowledge, while a facilitator only facilitates the group process without getting involved in the content.

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Collaboration needs time

Collaboration needs time

I recently co-facilitated an online cross-sector collaboration event, which included Local Government, Property Development, Planning, and Water Companies working together to explore how they can strengthen their cross-sector collaboration for sustainable, resilient, and liveable outcomes.

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Facilitating Completion vs Time Management

Facilitating Completion vs Time Management

Time management is a significant part of a facilitator’s role and it is a skill that we teach in our Facilitator Training Workshops. However, I strongly believe that the real skill is in facilitating completion within the time that is given. This is much harder in my view and real art to practice. 

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Be With Contradiction

Be With Contradiction

Yes we do want to work more collaboratively. Yes we do want to become more tolerant and understanding of different viewpoints and not fall apart over disagreements but how do we do that?

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Coaching for Facilitators, Consultants and Team Leaders in Action

Coaching for Facilitators, Consultants and Team Leaders in Action

The biggest plus of having a coach I found is the encouragement and attention that I received. This brought me to the realisation about, that as a self employed professional, how much I miss a meaningful connection with a peer, colleague, mentor or coach. I do find some of the peer support in some local network groups that I am part of, but still it seemed just not enough for the more tricky questions and personal challenges that I faced sometimes.

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Alignment Does Not Mean Giving In

Alignment Does Not Mean Giving In

In 2011, I discovered the co-operative alignment technique, which was developed, studied and is now taught by Zenergy Global. Now in 2020, I managed Zenergy Global in Australia and have been a Trainer, Facilitator and Coach for this technique for the last 7 years. This has been the longest that I have worked within an organisation. What made the difference?

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