Facilitative Leadership: an Advanced Facilitation skills Course in London


“The success of an intervention depends on the inner being of the intervener.”

— c.Otto scharmer

“The content was just right, the pace was perfect and the experience with the group was incredible!  The way that the facilitators work together was wonderful to be a part of.”

— Course participant


Cohort 3 | Starts September 2021

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Course overview: The Facilitative Leadership Programme

As a leader or learning professional, your ability to authentically facilitate conversations with skill, insight and presence is key to your organisation’s success.

The Facilitative Leadership programme combines elements of theory, demonstration and role modelling alongside extensive practice and discussion.

This intensely practical development experience is both pragmatic and profound. The modules are delivered by experts in the field of individual, group and behavioural change who will enable you to experiment, reflect and grow your skills.

The learning from this experience will ensure you know how to harness a group’s collective intelligence to facilitate personal, group and organisational transformation.

Location

This modular facilitation programme takes place in Central London.

The face-to-face training takes place at Coram, based just 10 minutes’ walk from King’s Cross. The venue offers bright and spacious training rooms and outdoor space in which we can work. By basing our programmes here, we are also supporting the work that Coram are doing to improve the lives of children across the UK.

Audience

This programme is for leaders or learning professionals leading groups and facilitating insightful dialogue and learning conversations.

The programme enriches their ability to connect colleagues and teams with skill and confidence in all situations, and to create the conditions for conversational change and insight. The course helps participants to successfully navigate the challenges of communicating and learning in today’s diverse and complex business world.

Faculty

The course is delivered by experienced coaches and leadership development professionals Damion Wonfor, Liz Palmer and Janie Van Hool. You can find out more about our faculty members here.


Key features of our facilitation skills course

Below you’ll find a summary of the key features of our Facilitative Leadership course – if you have any queries at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Completion of VoicePrint assessment

As part of the preparatory work for the programme, we will ask you to complete a VoicePrint assessment. The intention here is to provide you with greater understanding of your conversational repertoire when facilitating. You will receive feedback on your use of nine different voices, each of which has a distinctive purpose and function in learning conversations.

Pre-programme session

In order to prepare you for the programme, to clarify any concerns and to enable you to set personal objectives, we provide a pre-programme session with our faculty. This provides an effective means of introducing you to the requirements of the programme as well as connecting with your cohort before the programme begins.

3 x Experiential Modules

These are:

  • Mastering Self as Facilitator – 2 days in London
  • Leading the Group – 2 days in London
  • Facilitation Mastery – 1 day in London.

Our modules cover specific facilitation and group learning topics in a variety of learning styles, introduce key concepts and provide a forum for discussing best practice and the critical conversations that need to take place for you to learn, perform and enjoy being a facilitator.

They also seek to teach you the skills, techniques, and models of group dialogue and dynamics to develop your ability to work in increasingly challenging situations.

Each workshop combines elements of theory, demonstration and role modelling, practice and discussion about the practical implications of using the new skills and the application in a working context.

Workplace Facilitation Practice

Throughout the programme, you will be expected to identify and formally work with a learning group outside of the workshops. 

Faculty feedback

You will be observed during the programme and will receive faculty feedback against our Facilitative Leadership competence areas. You will also have the opportunity to be videoed whilst facilitating  on the modules.

Formal Group Supervision session

All participants receive 4 x 1.5 hour virtual group supervision sessions with our faculty.

Action Learning Set

Participants will work in small virtual groups in between each of the modules to practise their facilitation skills and receive peer support and feedback.

Reflective practice

Participants will be encouraged to develop a reflective practice during the course of the programme. This will enable you to deepen your learning from the course and awareness of your developing practice as a Facilitator.

Post-programme Session

A post-programme session is held a few weeks after the completion of the final module (Facilitation Mastery). This enables participants to reflect on their learning over the course of the programme. 


Module Contents

Just click on the links below to see more detail on the contents  / learning outcomes of each of the modules on this course:

Module 1: Mastering Self as Facilitator (2 days)

  • Creating the container and learning environment
  • Learning and practising facilitation model
  • Developing a facilitation toolkit
  • Building core facilitator skills such as incisive questioning and embodied listening
  • Exploring the continuum of facilitation approaches
  • Mastering the group learning space
  • Developing an authentic style as a facilitator with a capacity to adapt to have most impact within a group
  • Understanding and managing individual presence and authority
  • Learning ways to work with Group Dynamics
  • Starting to develop ‘self as instrument’ for change
  • Building confidence and appreciation of own facilitation style through repeated practise and feedback from our Faculty and fellow participants.

Module 2: Leading the Group (2 days)

  • Deepening ability to work with group dialogue
  • Learning ways to develop trust with and within the group
  • Working with emergence and insight rather than being lead by content
  • Building capability to work assertively within group process
  • Continuing to build confidence and appreciation of own facilitation style through repeated practise and feedback from our faculty and fellow participants.

Module 3: Facilitation Mastery (1 day)

  • Understanding how to manage resistance and conflict within the group
  • Learning ways to harness the group’s energy and action
  • Understand and apply different facilitation methodologies to create further flexibility in approach
  • Learning the practice of ‘co-facilitation’
  • Building a deep sense of skill and style as a facilitator together with capacity to flex to meet the needs of the group and dialogue.

Dates, Venue and Fees

Course dates

September 2021 Cohort

  • Module 1: 21 & 22 September 2021
  • Module 2: 16 & 17 November 2021
  • Module 3: 11 January 2022

Venue

The course is a blended programme which mixes both face-to-face training and online supervision sessions. Face-to-face training takes place at Coram, based just 10 minutes’ walk from King’s Cross, Central London, the venue offers bright and spacious training rooms and outdoor space in which we can work. By basing our programmes here, we are also supporting the work that Coram are doing to improve the lives of children across the UK. Online modules are live group supervision sessions conducted by a member of our faculty.

Fees

The fee for this programme is as follows:

•Individual £2,500 + VAT
•Corporate £3,000 + VAT

Please familiarise yourself with the course terms and conditions, including payment and refund policies, before applying – and if you have any queries at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Participant feedback

  • “The content was just right, the pace was perfect and the experience with the group was incredible!  The way that the facilitators work together was wonderful to be a part of.”
  • “This was an excellent two days. I really enjoyed the pace and content of the workshop. There was time for reflection and great content and feedback.”
  • “The energy between the facilitators was great.  They both have different facilitative styles and approaches but these compliment each other and bring a nice dynamic to the workshop. ”
  • “I found the workshop so informative.  I went in not knowing what to expect and learned so much in a very safe and supportive environment”

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Programme overview