PROFESSIONAL FACILITATION FOR EFFECTIVE TEAM WORKING
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JEWELL FACILITATION uses creative facilitation processes that help teams work in a more collaborative, cohesive and connected way, to achieve better outcomes.
You are a busy leader of a large creative team
Teams by their very nature are diverse entities full of hidden depths and rich possibilities, the sum of all the different moving parts. When a team is in flow it can handle disruption with ease and adapt to whatever comes its way, everyone pulls in the same direction and the team is strong and effective.
But it’s not always easy or straightforward for a team to get to this point. It can get a bit messy along the way. It takes courage and determination to get there, and the willingness to explore so that everyone can move forwards together and achieve the team’s purpose.
By untangling complexity, building clarity and tapping into the group’s potential, your team can achieve amazing results. Sometimes you will need a little help, which is why you need a facilitator.
Case study – Boomtown Fair
Boomtown Fair wanted to plan a re-structure of their organisation and improve internal communications.
They knew getting their staff involved in the conversations in a positive way was key to their success. They also knew that having an independent facilitator was the most efficient way to manage the forthcoming group discussions.
I answered their requirements with a two-day creative workshop outline reflecting the creative streak of Boomtown Fair. I designed group discussions and practical activities with music themes to capture their imagination and relate to the festival atmosphere.
Since spending time together to redefine roles and responsibilities, the teams are feeling more motivated and ready to embed changes, ready for the kick-off of the next chapter of the festival. Reviewing their company vision for Boomtown Fair has led to process improvements and better collaboration; most of all, the away-day reminded everyone how much they love their job!
You can download the full case study here.
Case study – Designability
I have now facilitated two away days for Designability. The first of these was a Board away day where the team needed help to explore and agreed strategic priorities. The second was with a cross functional team enabling them to brainstorm ideas for the expansion of their key service.
In both cases, I was able to draw on my my strength enabling differing views to be aired in a constructive way and consensus to be built on priorities by the end of the day
You can download the full case study here
AMAZING, CREATIVE AND FOCUSED!
If you are looking for a creative workshop facilitator, then you should use Helene! She’s amazing; she managed to steer forty people through a huge set of company-wide topics and keep the momentum going. Focused conversations meant that everyone felt they were being listened to during the session and everyone left with a clear understanding of the next steps. She brings high energy and fun into any discussion; I would 100% recommend her to others.
By bringing in a facilitator to work with your team you will be giving them the opportunity to explore, connect and collaborate in a nurturing and respectful environment. Facilitation enables the conversations to develop and unfold, drawing out what is important. A facilitator will make sure that the right people are engaged, that confusion is untangled and that the potential of the team is tapped into.
Not just any facilitator but one who brings energy, enthusiasm a creative shine to her workshops!
You need to find a unique facilitator, with the right combination of skills, experience, passion and creativity to bring out the best from your staff in key group discussions. You need someone who gets a real buzz out working with groups and who thrives on enabling people to work together, one who will inject passion, precision and clear direction into their work.
That’s why you need me!
Hi, My name is Helene
I am an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator and have a Professional Practice Diploma in
Organisational Development from Roffey Park Institute.
I draw on my knowledge and experience of communication processes, group dynamics and team culture to encourage effective and meaningful group dialogue and bring the best out of the groups I work with. I qualified over 20 years ago as a Speech and Language Therapist, a profession that has lead me on a voyage of discovery and learning in the field of communication and collaboration. I am the Chair of the International Association of Facilitators England and Wales and an RSA fellow.
I work with a wide range of clients from charities, government bodies and the private sector and facilitate both within organisations, and for groups of external stakeholders. Participants in my workshops come from a broad spectrum of professional backgrounds and vary in seniority from CEOs, Directors, Team Leaders and Senior Project Managers to community members and volunteers. I facilitate face to face, on line (virtual facilitation) or outdoors if you are game!
How facilitation helps
Facilitation promotes maximum engagement of all participants so the session will get the most out of the participants in the time you have available. When people are engaged they will feel more motivated, invest their energy, and take ownership of the outcomes of the workshop.
The facilitator will design a robust but flexible process so that there is a real flow to the workshop. A process is like a journey, with a start, middle and end, working through all the twists and turns that may come up on the way. Every process is different and designed specially for you and your team. The facilitator will guide you, ensuring that there are clear outcomes in line with the workshop goals.
Flow of Information & Ideas
Facilitation helps to stimulate the flow of ideas and create channels for information sharing by using a range of practices tools and techniques. This results in a better quality of inputs and clearer outputs.
Listening and Focus
The facilitator runs the workshop so all the participants involved can focus entirely on participating (rather than running the session). Facilitation provides the opportunity to listen to each other and reflect which is something that sometimes gets missed in a traditional meeting formats.
Let’s chat about how facilitation can help you…
PERFECT BALANCE OF STRUCTURE, EXPLORATION TIME AND INSIGHTS
Helene worked with us to design and facilitate our partnerships team away day. Helene’s approach was incredibly professional, knowledgeable and supportive, understanding individual motivations and the wider objectives to help us clarify our vision and direction as a team. The day itself was great fun and well-paced, achieving the perfect balance of structure, exploration time and insights, which enabled us as a team come up with some great new ideas – Thank you Helene
Business Development Manager and Alliance Manager at University of Bristol
WONDERFUL DAY-LONG “LESSONS LEARNT” PROJECT REVIEW WORKSHOP
Wonderful day-long “lessons learnt” project review workshop led by Helene today. She has a real knack for encouraging information from mixed groups of people, ours was for a construction project. Really enjoyed the new ways of reflecting on the past and applying it to future projects.