Lauren Riley, Facilitator at Kentucky Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company
Often, we as facilitators can feel like we’re juggling. We’re juggling the logistics, the output, the necessary tools for the session and... of course,… time! Then add the human element of the team and the juggling act only grows more intricate. You as the facilitator don’t know if this team has ever worked together or if they even get along with each other. These types of unknowns can destroy a session if you don’t have the right tools and that’s where FoCuSeD™ Facilitation Games, by Gary Rush, CPF can help you get back and stay on track.
FoCuSeD™ Facilitation Games is a very valuable resource to help a struggling team or facilitator understand what may be missing from their collaboration as well as providing proven techniques to mitigate the gap.
This resource is clearly organized so the facilitator can quickly pinpoint the issue and address it with the right participant engagement tool (PET) for the situation. This book walks the reader through the process of identifying the need for a PET, selecting the right PET and applying the PET in a way that is most effective.
The book gives the facilitator a clear understanding of the time required to ensure that the PET can work as well as the right questions to pose to the team as they work through the exercise. Should you need a team to get to know each other, there’s a PET for that. There are additional tools to generate ideas, get creative, make decisions, work together, understand each other, manage focus/perspective and manage workshop norms.
All of the details are included for each type of PET you might need. The ideal number of people, time required, tools required and potential outcomes are specified to gage where your team is and where they might potentially be after a PET is successful. The book clearly defines where you and the team are in the workshop process. You can be in divergence, struggle or convergence as these are all normal phases when you bring a team together to create an optimal solution.
This guide is a powerful tool to include in your tool belt, whether you are brand new to facilitation or a long time professional. Managing conflict in a group is not easy but this guide can help you get the best possible results with confidence.