Five Finger Model
The art of facilitation greatly depends on 5 key areas. I once had a plane flight from New York to San Francisco and was sitting next to a highly extroverted woman. She wanted to talk the whole 5 ½ hours of the flight. Being an introvert I just wanted to read. Eventually as the plane was landing she asked me what are the most important skills of an effective facilitator. This was a difficult question. I then started ticking the skills off on my fingers and what I came up with was – outcomes, questioning skills, observation skills, prevention and the ability to get down to the level of values and beliefs. This is where the 5 Finger Model came from.
Getting Clear About Your Goals
The most important and foundation area is to be clear on your outcomes for working with an individual, team or whole system.
Rarely are people clear about their outcomes and there are two types of outcomes to be clear about before starting any work – rational and experiential (social and emotional). Rational outcomes are those things that you can check off a “to do list”. Making a decision, developing a plan, developing a strategy are all rational outcomes.
Experiential outcomes have to do with more intangible components – what dynamics you would like to achieve in a team – more understanding, greater safety or more collaboration. These are often more important than the rational outcomes because they are often pre-requisites for developing creative solutions that empower people or that generate commitment.
Because we live in a busy world we rarely have time to conduct a meeting to just build safety, trust or commitment. In addition, people show up to work everyday wanting to make a difference and get things accomplished. When you design your meetings I would suggest that the meetings should always be designed to accomplish both the rational and experiential outcomes.
May 23rd, 2019 - June 11, 2020 (Closed to Public)
This is a special leadership development series for the Ukiah Unified School District Leadership Team. Each session will focused on a specific model with associated tools and processes.
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This is a special professioinal development series the California Education Partners team. Each session will focused on a specific model with associated tools and processes.
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This is an 5-day Leadership Development and Facilitation Skills training program sponsored by San Bernardino City Unified School District. The intended audience is for Managers, Principals and Professional Development Staff.
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6-day Leadership Development and Facilitation Skills training program sponsored by San Bernardino City Unified School District. This program is for school leadership teams - Working on the Work.
January 16 - 17, 2020 (Open to the Public)
This is a 2-day Master Class for Leaders and Consultants. The class is focused on how to diagnose complex organizational issues and how to design effective strategies and interventions based on the diagnosis. No prerequisites are required.
February 13 - April 10, 2020 (Closed to the Public)
6-day Leadership Development and Facilitation Skills training program sponsored by San Bernardino City Unified School District.
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