There are two types of facilitators: active facilitators and developmental facilitators.
Our active facilitators are usually used for a short term need, such as when a decision needs to be made quickly and a problem needs to be solved. Typically, in active facilitation, our facilitator meets with the team to prepare for the meeting and agree on the outcome. Then, the facilitator actively leads the team through the process to achieve the desired results, allowing the team leader to participate fully in the session.
During team implementation projects, we may start off using active facilitation, gently tapering off our involvement using the developmental facilitation strategy.
Our developmental facilitators use a longer-term strategy where the team learns how to facilitate their own processes. In developmental facilitation, our facilitators spend more time coaching the members on the process, roles, tools and techniques before and after the meeting. This type of facilitation appears much more passive during the actual meeting while the facilitator observes team dynamics and only intervenes in a way that teaches the team members facilitation skills. The end goal of developmental facilitation is for the team to get to the point that they won’t need an outside facilitator anymore.
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