Why have an external Facilitator?
To create an environment where individuals feel able to contribute original ideas; where they feel safe enough to take risks; where space is shared equally (rather than dominated by the few) requires the skills of a good facilitator.
None of us is as smart as all of us.
A Facilitator ‘holds’ the group, encouraging movement and energy so that participants feel free to speak, listen, support and challenge. It’s an interesting group to be in.
The aim is to encourage the group to be self-directing and self-managing, to increase feelings of empowerment and ownership amongst participants. It’s a group that likes to get on with it.
The group’s energy motivates and engages individuals; and encourages them to collaborate both inside and outside the group. It’s a group that lasts, even when the day is over.
… and being neutral, I’m more likely to ask those difficult questions that others are avoiding. This will be challenging but it will also be very useful.