Facilitation workshop

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
African proverb

The collective work is beneficial to the project and the group

Facilitation consists of developing and facilitating participatory and productive workshops.

These workshops use collaborative intelligence based on group interaction to bring out knowledge, resources & appropriate solutions.

The facilitator's role

The facilitator guarantees the process, brings impartiality, structure and method to the workshop: in support of the individual and collective work

Lever in the achievement of collective objectives, he encourages the emergence of ideas resulting from the group's exchanges

He creates a stimulating, secure and also fun environment

Analysis

Assessment of the context or project, shared analysis of the situation issues, risks, resources, constraints...)

Solution

Individual & collective brainstorming, research, and pooling of all possible solutions

Decision-making

Support for stakeholders to sort out solutions, define priorities and joint decision(s)

Implementation

Joint definition of an action plan, shared tasks & monitoring of the implementation

  • Production of joint decisions with more buy-in and involvement

  • Better individual and collective processes and interactions

  • Group's focus solely on the content rather than the time, the structure or the organisation of the workshop

Facilitation workshop
  • Co-creation of applicable and realistic solutions

  • Empowerment of the stakeholders

  • Development of an environment fostering empathy and free speech where everyone has a role to play

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Facilitator

Expert in participatory and collaborative methods, focused on process and group dynamics. Therefore, he-she is responsible for designing and conducting collaborative work processes to help a group be productive and achieve its workshop objectives. A facilitator may use coaching exercises in the design and conduct of a facilitation workshop (e.g., the Walt Disney model for boosting creativity).


Group or Peer

Expert on the emotional springs of a group and its ability to give and receive feedback, He-she focuses on the quality of relationship with oneself and others in the group. A coach stimulates a group to improve its performance and communication. Sharing feedback is part of his role, unlike the facilitator.


Trainer

Expert in pedagogy and the learning process. He is responsible for transmitting content to each participant, and the individual and collective dynamics to help everyone learn.

A team building activity can be a step before a facilitation workshop or an activity in the workshop. It allows a group of people who know each other – or not – to become a group, to develop the team spirit they do not yet have, and to create links between members. Team building also acts on the exchange and collaboration within a group.

Here are some examples of facilitation workshops :
  • Workshop to identify and optimize processes and working methods after merging two teams. The workshop strengthened team members’ cohesion, shared goals, and collaboration.
  • Adaptation and optimization of processes and workload of a team based on the LEAN method. Reduction of the team workload by 20%.
  • Board of directors’ decision-making and strategy alignment
  • Assessment and implementation of a structural and organizational change project resulted in the strengthening of team commitment.
  • “World café” workshop with 50 people to improve well-being at work. The world café format is a creative process that aims to facilitate constructive dialogue and sharing of knowledge and ideas to create a network of exchange and action.