Teams sometimes need time away from their day-to-day work to take stock. This is particularly important during periods of change or when issues have arisen that get in the way of the team working together effectively.
Using an external facilitator introduces a different perspective to group discussions and events. As well as providing an independent and objective eye, it allows all team members to focus on the subject in hand without worrying about keeping things on track.
As a facilitator, I have the expertise to steer group meetings and events towards agreed objectives, while responding to and incorporating the unexpected. I have facilitated small group discussions to help identify strategic aims and clarify the action needed to achieve these. I have also worked with both new and established teams to help develop team identity and effectiveness.
Team away days
Taking your team off site is a great way of encouraging people to work together more effectively and reach higher levels of performance. It can help team members understand each other better, appreciate their differences and find better ways of communicating. Above all it leads to greater levels of trust, allowing people to handle conflict more appropriately and focus more on results.
A government department wanted to run a team away day looking at how team members’ individual working style influenced performance at work. In particular it wanted people to recognise and appreciate difference between team members, reducing conflict, enabling change and enhancing team interaction.
Before the away day, each team member completed an online assessment designed to identify their MBTI® personality type . The day itself included a brief history and background to the MBTI®, followed by exercises to help people understand the strengths and blind spots of their own personality type, explore how conflict arises and look at practical ways of approaching problem solving. Based on their observations, people also looked at how they might use MBTI® back in the workplace.
Following the day, the department’s team leader said that there were “good tangible actions at the end and lots of really good feedback including colleagues saying its the best awayday they’ve been on”.
 The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) is a widely-used tool that helps individuals understand normal personality differences.