There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish - Warren Bennis
Team Facilitation is typically a single intervention focused on a particular outcome the team wishes to address. Having the process professionally facilitated means the team and its leader are free to focus on the work at hand. A Metaco facilitator will take the role of the guide, leading the discussion and enabling the process. He or she will ensure the group stays on track, and help them improve the way they communicate, examine and solve problems and make decisions. However the facilitator does not contribute to the actual content.
Facilitated team meetings are useful in a number of contexts:
- To resolve a particular conflict or difficulty
- To carry out a team review of its ways of operating and relating
- To enable a strategy or planning process
- To run an offsite away-day
- To maximise the diversity of thinking and perspective in the team
- Brain-storming or blue-sky thinking
- As a team-building exercise
Team Facilitation has a specific goal. It differs significantly from Systemic Team Coaching which is a comprehensive, extended coaching programme with multiple outcomes.