The way in which we work together to achieve our outcomes has drastically changed over the last two decades as the pace of change drives the way we communicate and the goals we pursue. Today, “teams” are often made up of people who may never have met each other and don’t share the same geography. Their structures are dynamic and roles are blended. Although necessary, flexibility brings with it complexity. Collaboration now includes lateral networking, which means working with people resources that are not “your people,” and who you have no direct authority over to achieve your goals. The market dynamics are changing as rapidly and fluidly as the people dynamics. Overnight the competitive landscape can change, goals can be re-written and strategies are required to be just as nimble. It is an exciting time in our history and the intensity of the era requires steady hands at the helm. This is where mastery of facilitation skills plays its role.
Fac-il-i-tate comes from the Latin word “facilis” which means to make easy. A skilled facilitator knows exactly how to make the journey from “here to there” an easy one for its participants; one that is characterized by confidence in the destination, well defined and flexible process for supporting the journey, dialogue skills to support individual and group contributions along the way, and documentation techniques to pull the “bits of brilliance” through to final outcomes.
This course utilizes the i2a® Strategic Thinking System in a full day experiential training designed to improve your mastery of process design and group dynamics.
THE FIVE-PHASE PROCESS OF SIGHT, INSIGHT, CREATE, COMMUNICATE AND INSPIRE ARE DESIGNED TO GO BEYOND THE TRADITIONAL STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS TO:
* Focus on the rigor of the process and the caliber of the conversation
* Draw on verbal and visual techniques to engage and inspire
* Use large format templates to guide the process and create the forum for people to “share the air” creating engagement and participation
* Develop engaging communication tools by virtue of the process
* Teach strategic thinking skills beyond the subject matter
* Get groups to develop and agree upon workable, realistic plans or solutions to issues. Gain the tools and techniques to: create a vision that motivates people to action, engage groups in developing solutions and generate ownership that leads to results.