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The Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0069| September 3, 2002
5,700 Subscribers


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From the Publisher: 
Hello MFJ Readers. I hope you had a fun and unlaborious Labor Day weekend!  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, and you as process, and how that 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.  

Thanks for reading!
 
Steve Davis


Skill

You are a Process. Honor it.


The Point

Effective facilitators spend a lot of time preparing material and frameworks for setting up and running effective group processes. They may put a lot of resources together relevant to the focus of their group. And they may even try to anticipate some of the problems, concerns, and challenges that might present themselves from within their group so that they'll have "ammunition" or "responses" to some of the 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 know from the past? What if you are a living reflective instrument? An empty conduit through which group energy is marshaled and evolved? 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 process!

Example

Now if I'm to be real with you. I must site down here to write this example with nothing in particular in mind. I'm to 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, as a human being? Please email me your comments.


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About the Author
Steve Davis is a Facilitator's Coach helping leaders enhance their effectiveness through the application and perspective of facilitation. Please email or call me at 805-489-4130 to schedule a Free exploratory session, or to share your suggestions and ideas for the journal. I'd love to hear from you. If you find this newsletter helpful, please forward it to your friends. Thanks for reading!
 


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Thank you for reading this issue of the Master Facilitator Journal.  Look for your next issue on September 10, 2002.   


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