Skilled facilitators bring significant value to meetings. Including a strong facilitator in your next meeting is one of the best proactive steps a leader can to take to ensure its success.
Facilitators free up participants to engage fully in the meeting’s substance. Participants focus their complete attention on addressing issues and creating opportunities for your organization while the facilitator manages process and tools and ensures a safe environment where all opinions are valued.
Facilitators from The Wunderlin Company are highly skilled and are experienced working with senior level groups, complex groups, and groups with interpersonal challenges. We’re passionate about creating, with every engagement, a productive environment where you can do your work most effectively. Creating that productive environment frequently requires team development.
At The Wunderlin Company, we believe all highly effective teams share five characteristics:
- Common goals that all team members are committed to
- Clearly defined roles and responsibilities
- Effective interpersonal relationships (or at least the willingness to create those relationships)
- Clear, simple, consistent processes
- Strong, fluid, shared leadership
We develop and nurture these characteristics in your teams by using interview techniques, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, The Birkman Method®, and other tools to assess teams’ strengths and weaknesses.
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Facilitation and Team Building Resources
- The International Association of Facilitators is a tremendous resource for facilitators of all experience levels. Their conferences are terrific. Visit their site to see the conference proceedings and to learn more about IAF.
- If you are interested in games and game design in learning about simulations, look at the NASAGA site.
- Mind Tools can help you become exceptionally effective, be a great manager and leader, be more successful in your career – and even become happier at work.
- Grove facilitators are the acknowledged leaders in integrating facilitation and graphic templates to lead groups toward agreed-upon goals. Visit this site to learn more about The Grove Consultants International.
- The Center for Graphic Facilitation includes tips, methods, and tools for working with visual learners.
- Visit Future Searches to get more information on marketing news and helpful SEO, social media and website design techniques.
- Facilitating with Ease: Core Skills for Facilitators, Team Leaders, Members, Managers, Consultants and Trainers by Ingrid Bens, 2012. Contains tips, tools, and wisdom for facilitation. Includes online content with customizable worksheets to fit your needs.
- The Skilled Facilitator by Roger Schwarz, 2002. Guides groups to realizing their creative and problem-solving potential. Check out Roger Schwarz website for more information on his leadership work.
- The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of Learning Organizations by Peter M. Senge, 2006. The blueprints of organizational change, people expanding, and how to get results. The concepts in this classic book are foundational to organizational and personal change management.
- The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization by Peter Senge, 1994. How to bring the five learning disciplines to life in your organization.
- Future Search: An Action Guide to Finding Common Ground in Organizations and Communities by Marvin Weisbord, 2012. Principles, techniques, and examples to plan the future.
- The Six Sigma Handbook, Revised and Expanded: The Complete Guide for Green Belts, Black Belts, and Managers at All Levels by Thomas Pyzdek, 2009. A description of the statistical tools and problem-solving techniques that comprise Six Sigma and how to use them.
Appreciative Inquiry/Positive Psychology Resources
- If you are interested in learning more about Appreciative Inquiry, read this article posted on Mind Tools.
- The Center for Appreciative Inquiry is your resource guide for learning more about this approach.
- Appreciative Inquiry Handbook: For Leaders of Change by David L. Cooperrider, et al., 2008. Explains in-depth what AI is and how it works, and includes stories of AI interventions and classic articles, sample project plans, interview guidelines, participant worksheets, a list of resources, a glossary of terms, and more.
- Appreciative Team Building: Positive Questions to Bring Out the Best of Your Team by Diana Whitney, et al., 2004. Learn how to enhance your team’s performance by igniting engaging conversations.
- Encyclopedia of Positive Questions, Volume I: Using AI to Bring Out the Best in Your Organization by Diana L. Whitney, et al., 2001. A handbook on the power of positive questions.
- The Power of Appreciative Inquiry: A Practical Guide to Positive Change by Diana Whitney, et al., 2010. A how-to book that describes the newest ideas and practices in the field of Appreciative Inquiry since its inception in 1985.
- “Positive Intelligence” by Shawn Anchor, Harvard Business Review, 2012. When people work with a positive mind-set, performance on nearly every level – productivity, creativity, engagement – improves.
- “5 Quick Ways You Can Bring Positive Psychology to Your Work Place” by Alexa Thompson, Forbes, 2012.
To learn more about Appreciative Inquiry, a model that creates positive, generative, sustainable change by identifying and expanding the “positive core” of issues, visit the Appreciative Inquiry Commons site. It is devoted to the sharing of academic resources and practical tools on Appreciative Inquiry and the rapidly growing discipline of positive change.