"Don't do for the team what they need to do for themselves, for example, transcribing the flipcharts from a session, etc. Sometimes facilitators are too helpful and build a dependency on them. If it's the team's work they need to ‘own’ it and take care of it.” Sharon Lieder
I recently facilitated a series of experiential activities with a group of leaders. It was designed as a mini-orienteering, and at the beginning of the exercise, we divided them into two teams and asked them to select a team lead. We then gave each team lead a map and asked him or her to assign roles (timekeeper, navigator etc.) The two teams then took off, meeting challenges along the way to their final goal.
Over time, we gave the teams more and more responsibility. So, beyond a solid design, a lot of upfront planning and preparation, and getting things started, the facilitators stayed in the background. In addition, we noticed that the more the participants did for themselves, the higher they rated the value of the experience.
So adding to the statement by my colleague Sharon Lieder, "Don't do for the team what they ‘can’ and need to do for themselves…”
Cathy Bolger is a San Diego-based coach and trainer specializing in Presentation Skills and Conflict Management Skills. More information at: www.cathybolger.com and she can be reached at email@example.com
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