Facilitation is a process through which a person helps others complete their work and improve the way they work together. Knowing how to facilitate is about having the right tools, the right methods and making sure the group will progress. Facilitation is result oriented and focused on getting everybody in the team involved and engaged in the process.
Facilitation can be done by a neutral person coming from outside the organization or company or by someone involved in the team. Certain situations are best handled with an external, neutral facilitator. However, often team leaders and managers knowing how to facilitate will be able to considerably improve the results of the team and the groups they are part of.
Twenty-five years ago, few people had heard of or even used the words, “group facilitation” or “group processes”. Twenty years ago, the professional association, The International Association of Facilitators (IAF), was formed. Today, around the world, thousands of facilitators lead groups every day and today, the skill set of any effective organizational leader is also team facilitation skills.
Most of the issues that managers of today’s businesses are faced with are so complex that teamwork is no longer an option but a must for management. It is simply not possible for one person to solve today’s challenges – you need to be able to teamwork!
Working in teams is not always easy. Facilitation can ease this process and make the team dynamics much more effective. Ensuring that your staff is fully motivated, committed and enthusiastic about reaching goals is fundamental to success.
Effective teamwork dynamics require each person’s potential to be fully realized. By learning to facilitate, you can build effective leadership skills to enable staff to achieve successful and sustainable outcomes.