There are times when it is helpful to have an external facilitator take responsibility for a meeting’s process management so that the meeting participants can focus on the substantive issues, for example when having to make important but difficult or contentious decisions. Bringing in an external meeting facilitator is also helpful when the relational dynamics within a group, or between groups, have broken down in one way or another. In these circumstances, I can help everyone re-establish their foundation for working together and move through complex issues to reach agreements and create implementation plans.
I am based in Eugene, Oregon but can work with you wherever you are located via online video platform.
When working with an organization, whether to mediate a particular dispute, to facilitate meetings, or to conduct an assessment and make recommendations for improving its conflict management capacity, here are some fundamentals underlying how I will work with you:
There’s a saying, “Everything that you add to the pot makes the soup taste different than if you had not.” I understand that, coming into an organization, I will affect the organization in several ways, unavoidably. My goal is to come in gently, not like a bull in a china shop but more like a cat in a china shop. I want to be sure that what I add makes a positive contribution.
To do this, I have to listen well, pay attention, and learn.
There are a number of goals and principles that guide my facilitation work: