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The Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0085 | January 14, 2003
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From the Publisher: 

Hello MFJ Readers. Welcome to 2003! I hope your starting off your new year in a manner aligned with your passions and highest aspirations. I am beginning the new year with a focus on our new virtual university, As I begin to build up this site, I'm converting this journal to a bi-weekly publication, at least for the next few months. So look for this ezine every other Tuesday rather than once a week. 

This issue, includes an article written by Karl H Mettke on the various roles a leader must play to maintain a spirit of innovation within her organization.

If you or your colleagues are interested in submitting an article for consideration, please email your ideas. I'd love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading! 
Steve Davis

Group Skill

Sustain an Innovative Environment
What does it take to keep a team creative?

The Point

It's inspiring to see the free exchange of ideas among employees; no idea is put down, and no one feels intimidated. It takes years to create and sustain this type of organizational environment. This is the burden of leadership, to help sustain the creative and innovative organizational environment.

Creativity is a key part of a leader's many roles. If you want breakthrough thinking, "chaos" and "discontinuity" must be part of the norm. These elements allow the exciting breakthrough and productive changes many organizations lack. To encourage breakthrough thinking among your employees, you must be willing to take on the following roles.


Alchemist. These individuals help employees "get the lead out," and move to "golden" thinking. These facilitators know intuitively that everyone has some hidden piece of creativity waiting to break through.

Dancer. By sparking ideas through brainstorming sessions, these facilitators are unafraid to spin ideas, moving participants gracefully and quickly from one creative moment to the next.

Mad Scientist. These facilitators know that the greatest inventions are often unplanned; like penicillin; and they embrace these "creative" accidents.

Actor. A brainstorm leader knows everyone is watching him. Therefore, he must make sure that his audience truly believes he can help unleash their creativity.

Environmentalist. These facilitators waste no idea and can find value in the seemingly unimportant or "bad" ideas.

Law officer. While "speeding" and chaos are encouraged in brainstorming, the leader must know when to rein in the group.

Butler. While it's common for some leaders to manipulate the thinking in groups, it's counterproductive to creativity. The leader must be the "servant" to participants and allow them to create solutions.


How well do you play each of the roles above? Pick one where you're challenged and work on it this week. I'd love to hear what happens for you. Please email me your comments.

Creative Whack Pack, by Roger Von Oech

An illustrated deck of 64 creative thinking strategies that will whack you out of habitual thought patterns and enable you to look at your life and actions in a fresh way. Use the cards alone or with others to seek innovative solutions to issues. Created by best-selling author von Oech, the cards have been used by many organizations, including NASA, in strategy development and problem solving. Complete with detailed instructions.

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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 January 28, 2003.   

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