Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0295, March 27, 2007 ....
 


Dear friends,

This issue is about process. Now of course, that's what facilitation is all about anyway. Right? It's about creating and maintaining healthy group process. But today, I'm talking about your process, or more accurately, you as process, and how this impacts your effectiveness as a facilitator. As always, I'd love to hear from you. So please email me your stories, comments, suggestions, and ideas.  

Have a great week!

Steve Davis
Publisher and Founder of FacilitatorU.com


 
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The Point


You are a Process. Honor it.
At times it's useful to let our inner being do the "work."


Self-Facilitation Skill


Effective facilitators spend a lot of time preparing material and frameworks for setting up and running effective group processes. We put resources together relevant to the focus of our group, and we may even try to anticipate some of the problems, concerns, and challenges that might present themselves so that we'll have "ammunition" or "responses" to some of our anticipated challenges. How do I know this? Well, because I find myself doing it all the time! And I'm not saying there's anything wrong with it. But, here's another perspective.

We encourage our clients to "trust in the process" that we facilitate in their behalf. What about our own internal process as the catalyst of group process? What if we were to trust completely in the richness of the moment to moment experience? What if every challenge or problem came pre-packaged with its own solution or right action? What if our awareness of this solution or right action were only apparent when we empty our minds of what we think we know? What if you were to serve as a reflector for your group, an empty conduit through which group energy is marshaled and focused? What if this required you to forget and surrender everything you've ever known? What are the answers to these questions? Ahhh, nice try. But sorry. No answers. I'm merely a mirror!

 

Application


Now if I'm to be real with you. I must sit down here and write this example with nothing in particular in mind. I'll simply sit here, in front of my monitor, with the intention of providing you with a juicy and relevant example to the aforementioned point. I will sit here now without expectation, with only a clear intention, and a willingness to trust my creative process. And from this place I write:

Imagine yourself in a room full of clients who have entrusted you with the management of a process by which they will take the next major step as a business organization. A step on which possibly the future of their company rests. A step with huge potential risks and payoffs. You are being paid very well for this. A lot is expected of you. You are serving as the catalyst for a new tomorrow for this group of humble compatriots.

The group is stuck. Their hopes are dimming. They doubt their abilities, their future, and at a time like this, so do you. But you know that the work to be done is not yours. If you chose to make it yours, it wouldn't be theirs and the sustainability of their dream would be in question. You challenge them to hold their vision clearly, to trust that it will show them the next step, that the struggle they're up against is the birthing pain of their vision. You challenge them. You are silent. And while fully present, you wait...

 

Action
 

What could you do this week to more fully trust your process as a facilitator or as a human being? I'd love to hear what you have to say about this. Just reply to this email.

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Presence : An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society, by Peter M. Senge, C. Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, Betty Sue Flowers

Presence can be read as a both a guide and a challenge to leaders in business, education, and government to transform their institutions into powerful agents of change in a world increasingly out of balance. Since business is the most powerful institution in the world today, the authors argue, it must play a key role in solving global societal problems. Yet so many institutions seem to run people rather than the other way around. In this illuminating book, the authors seek to understand why people don't change systems and institutions even when they pose a threat to society, and examine why institutional change is so difficult to attain.

This is not a typical business book. Mainly theoretical, it does not offer specific tips that organizational managers or directors can apply immediately; rather, it offers powerful tools and ideas for changing the mindset of leaders and unlocking the latent potential to "develop awareness commensurate with our impact, wisdom in balance with our power." --Shawn Carkone

 

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