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:

  1. Common goals that all team members are committed to
  2. Clearly defined roles and responsibilities
  3. Effective interpersonal relationships (or at least the willingness to create those relationships)
  4. Clear, simple, consistent processes
  5. 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.

From Changing Times

Articles on Facilitation and Team Building

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.
  • Visit Future Searches to get more information on marketing news and helpful SEO, social media and website design techniques.

Appreciative Inquiry/Positive Psychology Resources

  • 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.
  • “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.

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.