Facilitation is a process in which Leadership Praxis works as a neutral third party contracted by a client group to help that group improve the way it identifies and solves problems and makes decisions in order to improve the client group’s effectiveness in achieving their goals. Clients use Leadership Praxis to facilitate:
- Board meetings
- Partner negotiations
- Leadership team meetings
- Employee/management negotiations
We are facilitators not mediators
While the work of facilitation is similar in some ways to the work of mediation, the developmental facilitation used by Leadership Praxis differs from the work of a mediator.
Developmental facilitation helps a group improve its process for problem solving and making decisions so that it can achieve their own goals and define and improve their own processes. We do not focus on settling a particular conflict as would a mediator.
Developmental facilitation exerts less control over the process than a mediator. Mediators control the process and determine who should talk when. Developmental facilitation works jointly with our client group to define the process of decision making, controls, and problem solving.
The strength of developmental facilitation is that it works to help the members of the group deal directly with one another rather than working through an intermediary. Developmental facilitation encourages conversations that exhibit personal authenticity, ferocious integrity, emotional honesty, and expand the capacity for clear communication.
In short, facilitation works to:
- Design and permanently improve processes
- Share responsibility for managing processes
- Reduce dependence on facilitation for solving future problems
The developmental aspect of the Leadership Praxis facilitation process focuses on helping client groups learn new skills in process and problem solving. We provide feedback and coaching as part of the facilitation helping your group design its own unique processes and refine the skills needed to sustain it.
Why does facilitation work?
- We develop an agreement that reflects clear expectations about how we will work together
- We ask for a free and informed choice on the part of all group members to ask fo the facilitator's help
- The group must be responsible for asking for help and cannot delegate that responsibility.
- We ask the group for their assessment of its challenges and strengtsh and formlate an approach that is unique to them - we don't bring canned solutions.
- We help each group summarize and agree on next steps.
Facilitation is a powerful tool that helps successful companies and groups leverage their success in the development of new skills, processes, and controls.