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Facilitation is like skiing. Preparation, practice and picking the right line are essential »

Facilitation is like skiing. Preparation, practice and picking the right line are essential. In other words, know your audience, know the outcome desired, and introduce a facilitation approach (style) that best fits the situation.

John Burdett outlines four facilitation styles. One size doesn't fit all. A masterful facilitator sees the four approaches as a rich pallet of behaviours to be mixed, matched and blended as the situation demands.

Insights from "Facilitation - the Forgotten Art" by John Burdett.

Excellence in facilitation shares much with what it means to be an outstanding coach »

Few companies teach facilitation as part of their leadership development agenda. And yet, if we want collaboration, if we want to grow teams, if we want to challenge talent in a meaningful way … being able to get the best out of meeting of minds becomes pretty important.

Excellence in facilitation shares much with what it means to be an outstanding coach:

  • Humility
  • Conduct with a hidden baton but don't start to play any of the instruments
  • Come with a beginner's mind … be open to being surprised
  • Pass power to the participants
  • Ask great questions
  • Push for clarity around what the real issue is but avoid suggesting potential solutions
  • Listen, listen, listen
  • Summarise what has been agreed to
  • Push for objective action regarding next steps

Good luck on your next opportunity to facilitate. It is one of the most difficult but at the same time rewarding leadership skills. Remember, from a career perspective, bringing the best out of a group session is something of a forgotten art.

Insights from "Facilitation - the Forgotten Art" by John Burdett.

Integrating New Leaders with Virtual Onboarding »
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In the current talent environment, doing everything possible to protect your investment in a strategic hire means committing to a strong Leadership Integration process. An effective process provides the framework for defining what success means for a new leader. The specific design parameters for a virtual Leadership Integration program will vary based on the unique features of the organisation and the demands of the role.

Bedford/Teal set out core elements that should be included in a best in class virtual onboarding program, including:

  • Understand their technology needs
  • Ensure onboarding goals are clearly defined
  • Provide a copy/framework of the on-boarding plan
  • Establish a personal reach out process
  • Provide an opportunity to debrief from the recruitment/search process

Integrating New Leaders with Virtual Onboarding »

Here is what to keep in mind as you tool your reinvention »

At some point in your career, transitioning into an an industry that has richer prospects than the one you have come to know may give you room to grow. Here is what to keep in mind as you tool your reinvention:

  • Flexibility is key - As you contemplate a change, having the right mindset is key. It is important to have realistic expectations.
  • Heed cultural cues - Culture matters. It can be nourishing and thrilling; it can be defeating and stressful. Culture hugely impacts your experience.
  • Network - Your network is an excellent resource. See who you know and where they are positioned. Ask questions. Build momentum. Learn what you need to about positions and industries you are targeting.
  • Tell the right story - Change gives you the chance to see your experience, skill set and goals from a different vantage point. That’s empowering. Use the momentum.

Transition, timed right, is powerful. As the shot caller of your own career, you have to be bold, brave, energised. Enact your decisions when you see what is coming, not after it is here. Enact foresight not afterthought.

Insights from "How To Transition Into A New Industry" by John Ryan.

Study of the impacts of virtual integration »
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In the most challenging of times it is essential that new leaders are integrated quickly and successfully. TRANSEARCH Paris interviewed leaders in new positions to determine the impact of the current situation on their ability to integrate without breaking stride. Anne Chevillotte highlights key findings including the leadership qualities and traits helping new leaders through these difficult times.

Study of the impacts of virtual integration »