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Facilitation and Team Building

Having a facilitated meeting or event can be beneficial in many ways. Sometimes it is a matter of ensuring that everyone gets an equal chance to participate; other times it allows the person who would normally lead the meeting to participate more fully instead of scribing and keeping track of the agenda. Many times a good facilitator can act as a catalyst for new thoughts and ideas. [See also information on Special Events.]

In the context of team building an external facilitator has license to ask the hard questions and to get things on the table that would be extremely difficult for a member of the team. An external facilitator who has experience in team building can make observations about the dynamics of the team that have the credibility of comparison with many other work groups and teams. The fresh perspective and the independent voice of an experienced and knowledgeable facilitator can be the key to helping a team identify and deal with hard issues with honesty and with regard to the feelings and positions of others.

Saville Consulting Service has been successful in a wide range of situations, from taking a harmonious work teams to new levels of creativity and productivity to enabling dysfunctional groups to confront and resolve difficult team and individual issues and to begin to work together without animosity and recrimination.

Facilitation: Dynamic and energetic facilitation/leading of problem solving activities designed to infuse creativity into group problem solving sessions. We are particularly highly regarded for our work with executive teams; helping them with vision, mission, strategic business goals, strategic planning, and other types of large scale organizational change.

Team Building: Consultation and facilitation assistance to leadership teams to improve interpersonal relationships, team effectiveness and team efficiency. These workshops, or retreats, usually challenge the team to consider improvements in their teamwork skills, leadership attributes and managerial capabilities. Additional subjects include improving work relationships, the work environment and even the organizational culture. Each of these interventions is unique and is designed to suit the specific dynamics of the individual team. Some common characteristics include:

Performance improvement within the organization as a whole is emphasized;

The vision, mission and goals of the organization serve as measures of success and achievement;

Techniques for enhancing teamwork and interpersonal relationship are provided

Innovation and creative ways to improve team and individual performance on a continuing basis are stressed; and,

The team is challenged to find ways to "institutionalize" the process improvement ideas, i.e., to implement permanent measures to improve the organization's effectiveness, efficiency and capacity to achieve its mission and strategic goals.