What a facilitator can contribute to effective teamwork?

Building a good atmosphere was mentioned as one of the most important ways to build effective teamwork during the training facilitation methods on the 9th and 10th March, 2011 in Utrecht. The training was led by Simon Koolwijk, Facili2transform with participants from the Hendrik Kraemer Institute and ICCOenKerkinActie.

Chemistry and a feeling of trust amongst the teammembers are important pré-conditions for building effective teamwork. If the relations are good, teammembers are open to give each other feedback and address each others' responsibilities in getting things accomplished. It creates a platform to share and have common values. A joint history creates an ambiance of togetherness.

Photo: The product of the 9 - 10 March 2011 group of participants, 'What are practical ways to build effective teamwork? '
What can a facilitator do to enhance teamwork?The role of the facilitator is to guide the process of group development aiming at enhancing the effectivity of the group. Following are some hints what a facilitator can do to stimulate this proces;

* Have a warm and welcoming attitude. Make sure that you are already there at least half an hour in your meeting room before the participants arrive, so that they have the feeling that they enter a room where they feel welcomed. * Create conditions that people feel safe to communicate
* Use creative methods challenging people to discover new insights
* Ensure that the meeting place feels comfortable, welcoming and challenging. Colors, toys, enough light, different roomsettings, fresh air stimulate people to feel, think and act differently
* Stimulate fun by 'energizers'
* Treat the inner body of the participant by healthy food (fruit), fresh liquids and drinking water
* Find a balance between formal and informal parts in the programme, so that people can balance intensive work with relaxed work. Informal moments create the stage for people to know the 'other life' of their colleagues.
* Ensure the 8 B's for reflexion and creativity by selecting an attractive meeting venue; Bed, Bar, Bath (shower), Bench (the couch), Beautiful forest, Beditation (meditation of the brain), Bizar fun and Balance (formal and informal)
* Ensure that there are regular moments of monitoring & evaluation of the group processes so that it can foster the growth of the group. More useful hints can be found in the book 'Ontwerpen van Traningen' - author Karin de Galan.

Training Facilitation MethodsThe two-day training facilitation methods conducted by Facili2transform is a hands-on training for people who would like to advance their skills in facilitation and guiding groups. The course deals with the Technology of Participation techniques (ToP). These methods are powerful, very basic and simple in what facilitation is about. After getting the theoretical principles of facilitation, the participants get an experience about two basic techniques (basic conversation and brainstorm consensubuilding method). During the second day of the training participants practise and get feedback about their facilitation skills. The training is not only about methods, but also participants get a feeling on how to deal with resistance and difficult participants. For more information about the next course, see http://www.facili.nl/upcoming_courses_events/upcoming_courses_events.php


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