Leading with a Light Touch
Writer Timothy Gallwey once asked a management seminar what they thought was the most important word in the dictionary of management. They suggested words like "money", "profit", "resources", "people". But all of these were met with a shake of the head. At last, Timothy put them out of their misery. "The most important word in the management dictionary is "let"," he said. Letting people work and letting them work things out for themselves is one of the most powerful things you can do for others. It's the concept that's at the heart of facilitation and the reason why facilitation skills are at the heart of modern workplace approaches to management.
Are You Competent in "Facilitation Skills"?
There are a number of key skills that you need to master in order to be competent in facilitation skills. These include:
· understanding what facilitation is and how it can be used to help others
· knowing how to give up control to others
· being able to lead a group facilitatively
· being able to use facilitative techniques in dealing with group situations
· knowing how to read a group's energy and respond
· being able to move into the 3 roles of group leader
· knowing how to help a group develop themselves fully.
"Facilitation Skills" and ManageTrainLearn
On this website, you'll discover a wide range of resources that will help you master facilitation skills. If you are learning these skills primarily for yourself, the Step by Step to Empowering Facilitation Skills is an ideal place to start. If you are learning these skills in order to teach them to others, then the MTL 1DayCoursePlans and MTL E-Manuals will provide you with an inexhaustible reservoir of material.
Other "Facilitation Skills" Products and Resources
In addition to these products, you can also access free modern management materials on this site. For those of you who are interested in building a corporate library, look for products on modern management in our Bumper Bundle and Skills Collections for large reductions over catalogue prices.
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