Facilitation in the dictionary means, “making tasks for others easy or tasks that are assisted”.
You can use both of these meanings given in the dictionary for Facilitation in Team Development Events.
In relation to making tasks easy, this can seem a bit of a misnomer as nothing is ever easy! However, with the right people in a team it will make it easier. After assessing who has certain skills and putting a mixture of each skill set into a team, the task ahead can seem less daunting.
Secondly, with tasks that are assisted, we present experiential activities that help participants learn how to give and receive assisted feedback where there is a strong emphasis on support and development.
Having a person come into your business from the outside and giving an external view on how the team itself performs can be a great way to see where you are doing well as a team and where you may be lacking.
Looking at the work of Dr Meredith Belbin (Belbin Team Roles) and the Elias Porter (Motivational Theory or SDI), you can see that there are many different roles that make up an effective team and different ways of recognize these roles. Doing a facilitated event can help you understand these different rolls and make your team stronger.
The Different roles when working Belbin Team Roles are as follows,
People Orientated Roles – Co-ordinator, Teamworker, and Resource Investigator.
Action Orientated Roles – Shaper, Implementer, and Completer Finisher.
Cerebral Orientated Roles – Plant, Monitor Evaluator and Specialist.
Having these nine roles in a team can be a great advantage. You can recognize these completing an online questionnaire and then taking part in a facilitated event where we can explain the meaning of it all, and keep everything on track, while analyzing and then suggesting ways for your team to improve.
Dr Meredith Belbin said;
“A team is not a bunch of people with job titles, but a congregation of individuals, each of whom has a role which is understood by other members. Members of a team seek out certain roles and they perform most effectively in the ones that are most natural to them.”
Then there is the Motivational Theory or SDI, a great tool for understanding individual motivation. The roles within this model are as follows:
Altruistic-Nurturing (Blue): Concern for the protection, growth, and welfare of others.
Assertive-Directing (Red): Concern for task accomplishment and concern for organization of people, time, money and any other resources to achieve desired results.
Analytic-Autonomizing (Green): Concern for assurance that things have been properly thought out and concern for meaningful order being established and maintained.
Flexible-Cohering (Hub): Concern for flexibility… concern for the welfare of the group… concern for the members of the group and for belonging in the group.
Assertive-Nurturing (Red-Blue Blend): concern for the protection,
growth, and welfare of others through task accomplishment and leadership.
Judicious-Competing (Red-Green Blend): Concern for intelligent assertiveness, justice, leadership, order, and fairness in competition.
Cautious-Supporting (Blue-Green Blend): Concern for affirming and developing self-sufficiency in self and others…. concern for thoughtful helpfulness with regard for justice.
Once you understand how people are motivated you will be able to work with one another’s strengths and where each person falls down, others in the team can pick up the pieces and vice-versa.
By completing a profile, each member of the team will be able to work out which of the colours fits them to achieve synergy in the team.
Having a Facilitated Event, means you will be provided with analysis, suggestions and feedback to enhance team work, using tried and tested theories. You will leave with a better understanding of how you work and how the people around you tick, making a strong and lasting team.