Open-Space Leadership: When Less is More

Let's Grow Leaders

I love using Open-Space Technology with a large group to generate ideas. Participants essentially create their own agenda and self-organize into groups to discuss topics that matter to them. Help People to Grow Really Listen employee development harrison owen influence large group facilitation leadership leadership development listening open-space open-space technology small groups

Executive Coach Leaves Participants With Action-Oriented Takeaways

Tony Mayo

He is an outstanding workshop and group facilitator who leaves participants with action-oriented takeaways they can’t get anywhere else. —Hector Velez Chief Development Officer | Chief Sales Officer . Tony has an uncanny ability to leverage his vast experience in order to provide great value to his clients.


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A Medical Innovation Factory in the Middle of the Desert

N2Growth Blog

In Dr. Suri’s view, this is the only way to facilitate a culture of continuous learning and results–on the road to creating a brand new ‘innovation factory.’ Do surgeons have a God complex? Are doctors stubborn, control freaks? Sometimes, yes.

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10 Essential Facilitation Skills for Meeting Leaders

Great Leadership By Dan

There are a lot of reasons meeting leaders don’t involve others more in meetings, including a fear of letting go, a lack of belief that others can make a meaningful contribution, or a lack of meeting facilitation skills. Facilitation” skills can be learned. To facilitate means “to make easier or less difficult; help forward”. For a leader to facilitate a meeting (instead of running it), they need to be first be willing to let go of their power and be open to outcomes.

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Five Ways to Equip People to Change

Change Starts Here

For groups, facilitate difficult conversations so important issues are discussed and resolved. As change agents at work, we spend much of our effort on motivating people to change. However, even if someone is motivated to do something differently, they still need to be able to do it. Much of resistance is not a lack of motivation, but being daunted by the task ahead. It’s not that they won’t, but that they can’t.

Executive Managerial Leadership Coaching: Case Study

Mike Cardus

Below is an actual Executive Coaching and Managerial Leadership Training + Development process I facilitated. Executive Coaching and peer coaching groups were established to highlight and sharpen existing great behaviors and actions. Set-up plus facilitation of monthly internal customer focus group meetings. During these focus group meetings the leadership was able to hear what is needed for continued success and progress within the organization.

Facilitation is Your Work, Use Your Judgment

Mike Cardus

If you ask 100 different facilitators you will get 100 different answers. In the context of a ropes course program you can see how facilitation being “work” can be identified and defined in at least three different ways. Your effort …today I worked really hard facilitating that group 2. Your tasks or assignments …I worked all day facilitating trust building with a corporate group, and we had amazing breakthroughs.

Sky Bottle Commander: Team Building Activity

Mike Cardus

Props Needed: 10 – 12 water bottle per group (for this activity the water bottles must have a “loop” or something that can easily be hooked and picked up). Group Size: 10 – 15 per team. The group may enter the “planning zone” as many times as it pleases and may remain within the “planning zone” for as long as it pleases. Facilitator Notes: This can be confusing. This is from a book I have been working on…”Building on the Bottle”.

LawNY Team Building & Leadership Program

Mike Cardus

The team building & leadership method that created success for this group was the Solutions Future Focused Process , here are some of the outcomes created in our time together; Had Fun Learned about strengths and services offered by entire LawNY agency and other offices. ABOUT Contact Us Get Connected Facebook LinkedIn RSS Feed Log in Join and Receive 9 Team-Building & Leadership Activities:That work and allow people to learn from the experience.

How to Perform When the Room Doesn't Work

Next Level Blog

Negotiate and Move If You Can:   Back in the days when I did a lot of group facilitation, we had a joke that the first thing you learn as a facilitator is how to move furniture. One thing I did when I used to facilitate a simulation that required a very specific room layout -- I had a diagram drawn of how the room should be set up, specific to each event, and provided it to the meeting planner or client along with the contract.

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How to Manage a Narcissist

Harvard Business

Although a very talented individual, he was seen as a nuisance within the group. It wasn’t surprising that most of group did not like George and found it very difficult to deal with him. A group setting makes dysfunctional acting out more noticeable, more controllable, more discussable, and therefore less acceptable. Peer pressure will push the narcissist to adapt to the group’s norms.

The Future of Leadership Development

Great Leadership By Dan

There are pros and cons to both group and individual leadership development. Groups facilitate networking and shared learning, and are efficient, but may miss the mark for some. I’m seeing more university based executive development programs incorporate both individual and small group coaching into their design (CCL’s been doing it forever).

From "Knowing" to "Doing" - The Problem with Leadership Training

Building Personal Strength

I was introduced to my own listening and group facilitation skills in a six-week course back in 1976. A manager has to facilitate her own learning and development in the real world of work, every day. Or something might go wrong in her group. I once had the pleasure of training all the executives and middle managers of a city government in the basic skills of leadership. I worked hard to design a course that would introduce the basics and give them lots of practice.

Don't Neglect Your Power to Bring People Together

Harvard Business Review

To explain, let me share a quick example, in two acts: In Act One, the manager of a corporate engineering group was tasked with reducing the cost of common materials used by a number of different product teams. She then broke the group into cross-product and cross-functional teams to review the earlier recommendations, and lay out what it would take to make them happen. And the truth is that many managers are not skilled at group facilitation.