I was introduced to the art of facilitation through my time at ustwo in London. As a digital product studio they put a lot of energy into 1) team dynamics and 2) user-centered design. Both require capturing and taking in a lot of peoples’ ideas and synthesising them into actionable actions. I found that by using facilitation to run my meetings, especially those with large change initiatives, it enabled me to produce more buy in and collaboration. Many have the misconception that facilitation is only used for company ‘away days’ or ‘offsites’, but I believe that facilitation plays, and will continue to play, an essential role in a manager’s toolkit.
In today’s podcast I chat to Alison Coward, founder of Bracket where she helps facilitate and train creative teams into producing great work.Done well it not only ensures inclusion by getting a balanced input from everyone in the room (instead of just the dominant voices). By creating the space for everyone to contribute you are able bring ideas to the surface that may not have the chance in more traditional meeting settings. The other massive benefit of facilitation is that it promotes team alignment by having consistent output from all players.
Be sure to check out Alison’s practical content below (especially her Mind The Product talk). 👇