As expert facilitators with over 30 years of experience, we have helped numerous organisations achieve their goals through effective facilitation. In this page, we discuss what facilitation is, the advantages of having an external facilitator, the benefits of investing in in-person offsites including the substantial ROI, and answer typical doubts and objections that a CEO, CFO, or Head of HR might have in investing in this.
What is Facilitation?
Facilitation is the process of guiding a group of individuals through a structured conversation or activity with the aim of achieving a specific goal. Facilitation helps to create an environment where everyone in the group feels heard and understood and encourages participation and collaboration to achieve a common objective. The facilitator is responsible for designing and leading the process, managing time, and ensuring that everyone's perspectives are heard and respected.
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Advantages of an External Facilitator
Hiring an external facilitator has several advantages over an internal facilitator. Firstly, an external facilitator brings a fresh perspective and can challenge existing assumptions and thought processes. They are neutral and unbiased and do not have any preconceptions about the organisation or individuals involved. This helps to create a safe space where everyone can share their thoughts and ideas openly.
Secondly, we have experience working with different global organisations and industries, so we can bring best practices and innovative ideas to the table. We have the expertise to design and deliver a structured process that is tailored to the specific needs of the organization and its goals.
Thirdly, we can more easily manage any power dynamics or conflicts that may arise during the session. Our experience enables us to identify and address any issues that may hinder your group's progress towards achieving your goals.
Benefits of Investing in In-Person Offsites
There are many benefits and advantages to running your offsite in person, including a substantial return on investment (ROI). Offsites provide a unique opportunity for teams to step away from their day-to-day work and focus on a specific objective, in person and away from normal distractions. This helps to foster creativity, collaboration and innovation and often leads to breakthroughs and new ideas.
Offsites also help to build trust and foster stronger relationships within teams. Participants have the opportunity to get to know each other on a personal level, which helps to break down barriers and improve communication. This leads to improved morale and a more cohesive team which carries on when everyone returns to the office.
Additionally, these events can help to address any issues or challenges that the organisation may be facing. Participants have the opportunity to discuss and brainstorm potential solutions, which can lead to improved processes and outcomes.
Typical Doubts and Objections
You may have doubts and objections when it comes to investing in facilitated in-person offsites. One common objection is based on investment. However, the ROI can far outweigh the cost, as they can lead to improved processes, increased productivity, real teamwork, and more solid outcomes.
Another common concern is the time commitment required for an offsite. However, the efficiency of interactions resulting from professional facilitation will result in more effective use of time, better decision-making and clearer strategy.
Time to give us a call
Investing in an offsite can provide numerous benefits for organizations. They provide a unique opportunity for teams to step away from their day-to-day work and focus on a specific objective, which can lead to breakthroughs and new ideas. An external facilitator can bring a fresh perspective, best practices, and expertise to the table, and can manage any power dynamics or conflicts that may arise. Despite the doubts and objections that may arise, the ROI of offsites can far outweigh the cost and time commitment, making them a valuable investment for any organization looking to achieve its goals.
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