The Tao of Facilitation
10th Verse of the Tao
Can you love your people
and govern your domain
. . .
working, yet not taking credit;
leading without controlling or dominating?
While it is not easy leaving the ego at the threshold, it is mandatory for modern and effective facilitative leadership. Meetings run best when the leader is NOT talking, rather listening. There is an inverse relationship between the amount of air time consumed by the facilitator’s voice and the perceived success of the meeting. If the facilitator speaks 100 percent of the time, the meeting will be viewed as a complete failure. Participants will view meetings favorably when they speak most of the time during a meeting — guaranteed. That’s the tao of facilitation.
Most of us have attended a class on public speaking. Listening, we learn, is no less important (and perhaps even more important) than speaking. Listening also supports facilitating, which is why listening is one of the core skills we apply in our facilitation training.
According to the Dalai Lama:
“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know; but when you listen, you may learn something new.”
Don’t ruin your career or reputation with bad meetings. Register for a class or forward this to someone who should. Taught by world-class instructors, MG RUSH professional facilitation curriculum focuses on practice. Each student thoroughly practices and rehearses tools, methods, and approaches throughout the week. While some call this immersion, we call it the road to building impactful facilitation skills.
Our courses also provide an excellent way to earn up to 40 SEUs from the Scrum Alliance, 40 PDUs from PMI, and 40 CDUs from IIBA, as well as 3.2 CEUs for other professions. (See individual class descriptions for details.)
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- Dr Edward DeBono’s Six Thinking Hats Provides Strong Stimulus for Ideation (mgrush.com/blog)
- SCAMPER is a Mnemonic to Prompt for Excellent, Impromptu Questions (mgrush.com/blog)
- A “Plan” May Be Defined as “Who Does What (and When)” and Answers 10 Questions (mgrush.com/blog)