Master Facilitator Journal

Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0350, July 08, 2008
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This week’s article is a summary of the five day Journey of Facilitation and Collaboration that concluded last month in Madison, Wisconsin. When I was invited to attend the 5 day workshop, I knew it was going to be a great experience; however, I had no idea the workshop was going to provide such a profound breakthrough for everyone present. For those of you who were on the waiting list and were not able to attend, we will be announcing the dates for next year shortly. Also Darin and Harry have agreed to be our guests on our Expert Interview Series in October. Stay tuned for upcoming expert dialogues to enlighten and enliven our facilitative leader roles.

There is still space available for our upcoming interview with Daryl Conner, author of ‘Managing at the Speed of Change’. Please join us on Thursday July 10th, at 1:00pm EST to demystify change management.

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The Point

The Integral Approach to Group Facilitation
How to be a well rounded facilitator

Intervention Skill

Both our facilitators Darin and Harry created a safe space to realize unforgettable wisdom through exploration, learning, practice and more exploration. The biggest take away for most of us was on how to be a well rounded facilitator. It was a journey about tying it all together from the perspective of the self, group, plan and process. From intending to preparing; planning to implementing; creating to facilitating; allowing to intervening; synchronizing to being and last and not least deepening to presence, all weaved together as pearls of wisdom in 5 rich days.

The well thought out design created great learning moments with invigorating activities with a perfect flow from one topic to the next. The experience was a great learning model with a life of its own.

The biggest takeaway for me was looking at each aspect of facilitation through the four quadrants of the integral approach. The intentionality for each quadrant whether we are preparing, designing, creating, presenting, giving feedback, following up or facilitating brought the missing pieces to create an outstanding practice of becoming a facilitative leader.

Following is a miniature version of the Integral approach with four quadrants from my perspective: Each quadrant is like the glue that holds the group together…

Upper Left


Grounded Approach

Preparing the Self through Presence, Personal Responsibility, Purpose and Intention:

As a facilitator the more presence we bring to the group the more aware we are of underlying group dynamics, currents, themes, gestures, etc.

A good place to start is why are we here? How do we want to show up?

Upper Right


Consultative Approach

Creating the ideal tools, activities, content and space for the group:

What are the goal(s) and expectations for this effort?

What tools will we use to accomplish the goals?

Lower Left

Collaborative Approach

What is the existing culture of the group?

How can we model and live the practice to create an ideal culture through listening, engaging, being curious, understanding and empathizing.

How do we want to work together?

Lower Right

Facilitative Approach

Facilitating the ideal processes to create the outcome we are looking for.

How will we gain full participation?

How will we intervene and facilitate conflict?

How do we get there?



The real transformation for me is still unfolding as the integral perspective is seeping through every aspect of my life. As an individual I have been mostly in the upper left (Self-Awareness) quadrant jumping into the other quadrants when need be, returning to the comfort zone of the self. My primary strength has been self-awareness and the lens I saw my world through has been the upper left quadrant. Very aware of my inner state of being and the group’s state of being gave me enough information to follow my instincts. So far I had been relying on my instincts and at times found it difficult to explain my instinctive actions. When asked, my answer would be ‘…because it felt right.’

The integral perspective has opened doors to the other three quadrants and as I am beginning to understand, combine and use all four perspectives, the results are becoming powerful. For example, while conducting a workshop, I used the integral approach to facilitate a dialogue. We were coming up with possible solutions for the group and instead of focusing on preparing the self through personal responsibility and attitude, I was prepared to navigate the dialogue to the specifics of minute details on plans and processes from breaking through the rigid ways of being to creating newness… and the results were wonderful. I am recognizing and realizing when intuition is backed with a clear plan, intention and understanding, it leaves no place for doubt. Chance meets preparedness!.


Whether you are planning your day, being with your family or facilitating large groups, one thing is for sure that there is always a sense of self, connection, plan and a desire for an outcome. The integral approach can be brought to any part of your life to create an amazing kaleidoscope, tying all aspects of your extended self. The whole is far greater than the sum of its parts… By consciously working through each quadrant, we begin to see the greatness of the whole in action. The view through the window of the integral approach leaves no gaps…

Try for yourself, for an upcoming meeting set an agenda with the four perspectives in mind and after planning stay conscious of each aspect. The conscious attention on the self, task/plan, culture and outcome will take your meetings to a new level…

This Week's Offer



Managing at the speed of change
Facilitating the execution of strategic initiatives

An interview with Daryl Conner, Chairman, Conner Partners and Author of "Managing at the Speed of Change"

Thursday July 10, 2008 1 pm EDT

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2 Sign up for this interview teleclass and we'll email you the link to the MP3 recording of the seminar to listen to at your leisure

1 You'll also receive access to written notes summarizing the highlights of the class for future reference.

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