The Elemental Art and Practice of Facilitation

I’ve been preparing for our 2012 LearningConnect Facilitator training sessions. Thought I’d share what’s at the core of all our offerings – the Elements of the Art and Practice of Facilitative Leadership. 

These core, essential ingredients represent a powerful synthesis of the teachings of my teacher and business coach Lisa Michaels’ Elemental Forces of Creation and David Sibbet’s Grove’s Facilitation Model and the Four Flows. I’ve been playing with, working with and internalizing both these sets of teachings for years to deepen my own understanding.  And in applying to my personal facilitative practice, and every day life, I’m sharing what I’ve learned with you and everyone who attends our workshops and training.

Here’s a little bit of an introduction:

  • the Element of Fire – Managing Attention and Action – How to energize grounded action. Enroll and orient to the desired outcomes. Set the energetic movement for a session and add energy to keep things moving. Illuminate new learning through application to real business. Activate the power of practical action in a facilitative environment.
  • the Element of Water – Managing Energy – How to feel into the emotional flow as participants learn and apply new information to their work. Invite full participation, build trust in the process and support any resistance to change in order to gain full alignment. Respond to unanticipated change with ease and flexibility. Develop emotional maturity. Understand the power of love to work internally and externally as a facilitative leader.
  • the Element of Air – Managing Information – How to engage and stimulate the mental realm. Set personal intention. Provide clarity around learning outcomes and objectives. Combine technology and low tech / high connect approaches to direct the flow of learning. Engage the power of intention to guide your facilitative leadership.
  • the Element of Earth – Managing Operations and Ownership – How to coordinate the physical details necessary for planning and delivering successful programs. Build commitment to the process and actions to be taken. Transfer ownership through ongoing coaching. Align to the power to stand on your own as a facilitative leader.
  • and Spirit – Actualizing your Unique Facilitative Leader Self – Identify and express your unique, authentic characteristics and creative essence as a facilitative leader.

Interest peaked just a bit? Want to know a little more? Want to successfully bring the Elements of Facilitation into your own life and your own work more consciously? Drop us a note or come join us at one of our upcoming training or workshop events soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Lynette McCormack

Graphic facilitator and designer of non-traditional Qualitative Market Research, Knowledge Transfer, and Organizational Learning approaches. Co-founder of AH HA! (facilitation and consultation) and IdeaConnect (tools, workshops and training for Facilitative Leaders). Creator of LearningConnect®, a facilitated Qualitative Research Approach and KnowledgeConnectTM, a facilitated Knowledge Transfer and Innovation approach. As a facilitator, I take joy in creating and holding space for energy to flow while real work happens, guiding client teams to reach new levels of learning, collaboration, and alignment. Through use of graphic tools, conversation, journaling, storytelling and collage our sessions enable client teams to see the big picture together, create shared understanding and collective knowledge to make decisions and confidently move forward. I have presented at conferences hosted by QRCA, IIR & PDMA, ASTM, Pegasus, and the Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI). We offer comprehensive training in our LearningConnect qualitative research process and facilitative leadership and workshops in intention setting, personal visioning and journaling. ... and I blog. Check out my personal offerings at www.radiate-from-center.com

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