Facilitation is often viewed as a process that encourages people to contribute their best by continuously motivating them. However, through structured facilitation managers and supervisors can get their teams to work wonders and achieve greater heights.
Structured facilitation helps managers and team leaders get the buy-in from the team for ideas and ensure the involvement of every member right from the very first moment.
Structured facilitation can create highly cohesive self-directed teams who have the ability and the confidence to make collaborative decisions and deliver exceptional results. Structured facilitation can be guaranteed to bring out the best in any team.
Let us take a look at the four reasons why every manager should use structured facilitation to lead teams.
Provide your team the power to make decisions through a sense of ownership.
A common complaint in the workplace is “I want to make decisions, but I do not have the power to make them”. Forcing an employee to be accountable at work is like asking a six-year-old who is poor in Math to get top grades in the subject. It is just not done. The sense of ownership and accountability has to come from within.
Many times, employees are apprehensive about taking decisions because they are not sure of what will happen to them if they do. It could be, that the managers they report to have always been checking on their work and reviewing it which in turn reduces their confidence levels. By using structured facilitation to orchestrate group dynamics, employees can be made more confident and accountable for the work assigned to them.
Increase Productivity and ensure that deadlines are met.
Structured facilitation can be used to create clear performance roadmaps for employees. Questions can be asked on how much each employee feels he or she can achieve and goals can be self-set. Objectives can be communicated with more clarity and buy-ins obtained from each individual on their commitments based on the roadmap set for the team.
Performance gaps can be identified and managed better through ensuring commitment to tasks. By using structured facilitation, individuals can be inspired to look with innovative techniques and ideas that help them perform better at the workplace.
Improve interpersonal relationships by imbibing culture of open conversations.
Many teams become unproductive because of bickering, politics and negative conflicts. Conflicts in teams should be constructive and great ideas often stem from healthy debates and brainstorming. Structured facilitation improves team cohesion and prevents people from wasting time in blaming each other. Accountability and commitment are ensured for each individual and this reduces the tendency to “pass the buck”.
Open up dialogues, enhance creativity and foster collaborative effort.
Structured facilitation helps individuals open up to each other and understand each other better. By empowering teams and making them accountable, managers can start fresh conversations and increase the scope of creative or lateral thinking within their teams since people lose their apprehensions to speak out.
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