It is practically impossible to define advanced facilitation because it means different things to different people.
This course, written and developed by Dan Hogan, teaches one aspect of advanced facilitation by tackling one particular question with one general answer.
Question: How do I, as a facilitator, ensure interdependent workers collaborate?
Answer: Facilitate them in creating and implementing Work Agreements.
The notion of creating behavioral agreements as to how people will work and behave with each other is so incredibly simple that some people find it too elementary. It’s as though people’s perception of its sheer simplicity is justification why it can’t work.
Unfortunately, whenever people think and believe this way, they bog themselves down with unnecessary complexity, chaos and confusion which, in time, hurt their individual and team performance.
There are a number of other legitimate ways to describe or teach advanced facilitation; however, we’ll only teach a few other advanced skills opting instead for ensuring you reach a certain level of confidence and competency in facilitating this powerful tool called Work Agreements.
- Recognize and use the three steps of the Advanced Facilitation Model in your facilitation.
- Become skilled at how to contract with a client by setting the stage for partnership and creating the project’s working desired outcomes.
- Find out how to discover the issues and/or blocks that are preventing the group from achieving the working desired outcomes.
- Learn how to report back the blocks that are preventing the desired outcomes in such a way that sets up accountability and engagement.
- Gain knowledge in how to set up and commence the behavioral change process which usually is about facilitating a single session with all participants.
- Learn how to use a number of facilitative tools such as preventions and interventions, and more specifically, how to facilitate Process and Action Agreements.
- Practice facilitating Action Agreements; these practice sessions will be simulations of Dan’s real-life teams which will be as close to reality as possible.
- Learn about strategies for setting up support processes so that the team continues to use their agreements versus dropping them.
- Gain knowledge in how to assess and/or measure a team’s agreement effectiveness.
- Hear about ways to close the assignment and/or re-contract for the next project.