Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0189, February 1, 2005| 7,000 Subscribers..
 

Dear friends,

With last week's issue being a bit long and technical, I've decided to do something a little different this week. Something that offers more fun for all of us. It includes a story and a bit of mystery, mixed with fun with the latest technology, and also, some interaction on your part. Ultimately, facilitation that includes even some of these attributes is bound to be interesting. Considering that some stages of group process can slow things down, or add a new kind of tension to a group, throwing in some humor and play along the way can be very therapeutic.

A couple of weeks ago, I got a chance to connect with Michael Port and we spoke about keys to creating remarkable projects. Michael's charisma and insights into the "inner" aspects of creating and managing winning projects got me excited about inviting him to an expert interview for FacilitatorU. I believe his insights are useful for us as we often are called on to help guide leaders in project management and design. I believe you'll find his insights very useful and inspiring. Please see details below and join us next Thursday, February 10th.

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In this Issue:

Feature Article: Ask the Expert

Expert Interview: Michael Port, Keys to Creating Remarkable Projects.

Self-Guided Teleclasses: Pre-recording Teleclasses and Interviews. .

Have a great week!

Steve Davis
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Self- Facilitation Skill

Ask the Expert
Suspend disbelief about what's possible, if only for a moment.

The Point


As I was hiking through the Himalaya this weekend, the thought came to me, as it often does when I'm away from my work and out in the beauty of nature: What new and exciting ideas can I offer my MFJ readers in the future? Now you may be thinking that this is a strange thing to be doing while tromping through ice in the stratopheric heights of northern Tibet. But I'm quite sure that reflections come to you, though often unbidden, bringing fresh insights to toilings of your workaday life.


No sooner had my ponderings began when from out of the foggy haze, a sublime figure began to emerge. It appeared to be a man perched on a ledge overlooking the most magical of vistas. He was an obviously refined being, appearing completely out of place. Wearing only the most modest of attire, he appeared quite comfortable in this frigid air.

I was startled at first, but looking into his eyes, I was reassured that this was a pleasant and peaceful being. He beckoned me closer with a wave of his hand. Reluctantly, but with great curiosity, I consented to his gestures and walked up to meet him. He greeted me with a simple but warm "Hello." His voice and appearance was striking and other worldly. He told me he was the "Master Facilitator" of the Himalayas, summoned into existence by the strength of my internal inquiry, and that he could answer any question I had. So, I began asking....

Application



The Master Facilitator has consented to share his wisdom with each of you, my dear readers. So please go visit him here. Ask him any question you would like about group process or facilitation, then wait for his reply. Though he is a very wise being, he is still learning some of our ways of expression and inquiry. Therefore, if your answer is unsatisfactory or beyond his current understanding, please return a few days later with the same question as he's liable to have a better answer by then.

If you wouuld like to access the Master Facilitator, Master Problem Solver, or any other kind of master, "live" in your groups, simply assign this role to a volunteer and ask him or her your questions. The "Master" must simply hold in their consciousness an expectant curiosity about what might come out of their mouth and speak without thinking to the group's requests. You may be surprised at what transpires by shifting from the limited capacity of your rational mind to "think" of the answer, to the far higher ability of your subsconsious to delivery cogent wisdom.


Action

Visit the Master Facilitator and ask him a question and/or try the "Master" exercise in your group. We'd love to hear what you think.
Please send us your comments.
Facilitation Expert Series


7 Simple Rules For Producing Remarkable Projects

Keys to facilitating the design, management, and commitment to projects that inspire and surpass expectations


Attend this live one-hour TeleClass featuring Michael Port, Author, Speaker, and Trainer


"Just in Time" Learning

The future is uncertain therefore we can't determine a result we can only create circumstances for navigating to a result. The building of a business is the successful completion of one project after another. Join Michael Port and Steve Davis for this live, one-hour teleclass Thursday, February 10th at 1:00 PM EST (NY Time), where we'll discuss the following seven simple rules that will help you create circumstances, for yourself and for your clients, for navigating to remarkable projects...

Bring your passion to the project. When creating something new, we’re faced with problems, seeming insurmountable barriers and circumstances that are out of our control. During these times, our passion and personal investment in the project is what carries us through to completion. How do you facilitate passion for your project?

Work with others. At the earliest possible moment you’ve got to bring people in as you are developing the project. If you work with others… you will wind up with something far greater than you could alone. If this is a tough one ask yourself whether you are committed to having something truly great or just getting it your way? Who do you want to work with on your next project?

Call on your talents. Your work on a project is a way to showcase your talents. When you utilize your talents, the quality of the product really shines through. If you really want to create remarkable projects, work from your talents and your passion will shine through. What talents are you ready to showcase?

Develop habits of fulfilling commitments. Progress depends on the successful completion of promises. Create a routine that is appropriate for the project that has people coming together making promises to each other. The work that I promise to complete today allows you to start your task tomorrow. The downfall of not doing this is one breakdown after another. What will you commit to today and what do you promise to deliver?

Tightly couple learning with action. One of the things that keeps people from getting on with their projects is that they think they need to know something before they start, instead of learning in action. The future belongs to the learner not the learned. What do you want to learn?

Have clear intentions. As the saying goes, if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there. The same thing applies to producing projects. In order to have clear outcomes you need to have clear intentions about what you want to accomplish. What do you intend to create?

Have a compelling story for you product. Projects never go the way you expect they are going to go! Keeping your passion and your focus depends on telling and re-telling the story of your project, and why it matters to you and others. On a grander scale it is your vision and purpose rolled into one. It will become increasingly important as you face problems, setbacks or any type of project breakdown. Story telling is a tool of leadership, and the way you engage others in your project. It's the way you maintain your mood when things go wrong. Being able to articulate and rearticulate the story of the project is essential. What’s your story?

Any questions you have about designing remarkable projects.

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