6 04, 2015

Decision Option Chart

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Many people are unaware that there are a number of ways to get to a decision. There is no one best way. Each method has pros and cons. To learn how to use each option, check out my textbooks at www.FaciliationTutor.com. *





Consensus Building
Collaborative Systematic



Creates commitment

Takes time

Requires data Requires member skills
For important issues

When buy-in matters




Feels like a win
Limits dialogue Influenced choices Real priorities may not surface

To sort or prioritize

a long list of options

Lots of discussion

Creates a solution
Adversarial- Win/lose


the group
When positions are polarized

When consensus is improbable


Majority Voting

High quality with dialogue

Clear outcome
may be too fast- winners and losers- no dialogue […]

1 04, 2015

Facilitating in the Classroom

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Facilitative Teacher

When facilitation is used in the classroom, it adheres to the same core principles and beliefs that guide facilitation in general. In addition, all Facilitative Teachers need to possess the previously described competencies of the Group Facilitator in order to capably manage those classroom discussions in which learners are looking for personal connection to the material, or are trying to develop back-home applications.

Despite these similarities, classroom facilitation has a very different focus from Group Facilitation. Instead of being aimed at enabling decision-making, the purpose of classroom facilitation is to create an environment in which learners are supported in […]

30 03, 2015

Group Facilitator

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Group Facilitator


A Group Facilitator is someone who helps groups to identify and achieve their goals. The purpose of group facilitation is to help group members access their inner resources in order to make effective decisions and take responsibility for their actions.


Groups typically bring in a facilitator when they face a complex issue that needs the input of a number of people, and when it’s important that the discussion be structured and orderly. During a group facilitation event, decision-making power resides with the members. This frees the facilitator to focus on providing the structure needed to ensure a thorough and […]

19 03, 2015

The Foundation of Faciliation

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Facilitation is one of those rather vague terms, that’s commonly misunderstood.

The term Facilitation is built on the word facile; which means “easy to do”. The role of facilitator originated within the field of Adult Education where it was coined to describe the role that teachers play when they help learners deepen their knowledge, without delivering content. This role was built on the core assumption underpinning Adult Education or Andragogy, which is that adults have experience and know what they need, therefore the role of teacher is chiefly to guide them in their educational journey. (Knowles 1984)

In addition to this […]

18 03, 2015

Why Facilitation Matters

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In the quest for endless cost reductions and every-greater efficiency it’s easy to overlook something that seems as unimportant as facilitation.

It is after all just another soft skill isn’t it? Something those people in HR know about, but that the folks who worry about the bottom-line really don’t need to understand. Or do they?

Consider for a minute how many hours a day the average senior manager spends sitting in meetings. A recent Wall Street Journal article reported that the average was eight hours! That means that most of our corporate and government leaders are basically doing all their work […]