Group and Team Facilitation

Barnett designs and facilitates meetings for organizations, teams, agencies and community development initiatives Different strategies are employed for the two different types of groups

  • Ongoing groups that view themselves as a team
  • Groups convened for specific purposes or concern

Facilitation begins with adequate planning and engagement of key owners

  • Consideration of attendees, venue, what pre-meeting involvement of participants, desired outcomes, what meeting process to use, and how will the meeting be wrapped up – how decisions and outcomes will be documented

Meeting Process

  • Barnett uses the intuitive approach. We begin with the realization that participants will find certain topics more difficult. These topics are postponed until later in the meeting when the group has settled into its process. The less risky topics are assigned in early in the agenda.

Timing of discussions is critical to every successful meeting

Benefits of Utilizing a Facilitator

  • Having a facilitator means every member of the group is able to participate – including the meeting owner and other group leaders. As a facilitator, Barnett works closely with the team leader to achieve meeting goals. The meeting owner likely possesses the necessary information and perspective to guide the meeting successfully
  • When different viewpoints become emotional, the role of a facilitator lends itself to provide the group with an opportunity for more thorough examination and evaluation of viewpoints. Without facilitation, the perception of a biased leader or participant is apt to persist

Many Teams Exhibit Predictable Qualities and Challenges

  • Because teams exist overtime, they mature through various stages:
  1. Becoming oriented
  2. Realizing different viewpoints and values exist within the team
  3. Beginning to achieve camaraderie and cohesiveness
  4. Successful completion of regular group tasks often needs facilitation:
  5. Team purpose and goals
  6. Roles and responsibilities among members
  7. Group processes to do its work
  8. Establish / maintain healthy relationships among team members