Masterful team building facilitation is the art and science of weaving together three functions, as well as the conscious choice to not over-function.
The 3 function of a team building facilitator:
- Design Workshops
- Facilitate Workshops
- Teach in Workshops
…and when you over-function, that means you are doing too much for others when they would be better off doing it for themselves.
Let’s start with a high-level explanation of what art and science mean in this context.
The “art” in team-building facilitation is about your ability to interact with teammates in an effective way. When you exhibit artful facilitative behavior, you help teammates immeasurably because your demeanor is teaching Right-Minded Attitudes and Behaviors. Those choices are the most effective teamwork practices according to those who write about emotional intelligence in teamwork.
Said another way, if you come across as an egotistical, know-it-all facilitator, your behavior will anger teammates, create resistance and will hurt the team building effort. So, no matter what, keep improving your interaction and communication skills if you want to succeed as a team building facilitator.
The “science” of facilitation is your knowledge of the best ways teams should operate, and your ability to communicate that advice. This means you have in depth knowledge of team goals, individual roles, team meetings, decision-making protocols, and for sure, implementing a continuous improvement process like the 5 Elements of Right-Minded Teamwork.
Let’s take a closer look at the 3 team building facilitator functions.
But, don’t over-function, either!
The term, “over-function” means you are doing way too much for someone else when they would be better of doing it for themselves.
The most common situation I’ve experienced is when teammates want me, the team facilitator, to fix another teammate. Don’t get me wrong, you and I can partner with others to ‘fix’ the teammate, but we are not 100% responsible.
Think of the classic story about teaching a man to fish.
You give a man a fish and feed him for a day. You can teach him how to fish and feed him for a lifetime.
Think for a moment. Where are you and with whom are you over-functioning? Pick one person and begin the process of creating a new working relationship with them. Stop giving them a fish; teach them to fish, and you’ll be glad you did!
More On Team Building Facilitation
How to Design a Right-Minded Team-Building Workshop: 12-Step Process
Work Agreements – bring people together as one [Facilitator’s Guide]
6 Stages of Team Work Agreements aligned with Tuckman’s model called Stages of Team Development.
How to Clarify Teammate Roles using these Four Questions
When was the last time you looked at how your team operates?
Stop teammate attacks with this simple team building exercise.
Attribution: by David Goehring, CC by 2.0