Almost all activity that takes place in government today involves groups of people either making or informing the decision-making process. These groups may be temporary or permanent and are called committees, task forces, councils, project teams, planning groups, or one of any number of terms. Regardless of what they're called, they are critical to the organization in achieving its goals.
Today, government success is largely dependent on these groups' ability to succeed. Yet we have all experienced the challenges and problems groups have with drifting focus, lack of direction, poor communication, conflict, power struggles, uneven participation, difficulty reaching decisions, dominant personalities, apathy, boring process and a lack of follow-up and commitment. If your team is experiencing any of these issues, ABARIS Consulting can help.
Our Facilitation services deliver:
- An engaging meeting purpose with clear outcomes;
- A meeting agenda that reflects a thorough understanding of your current circumstances, previous successes and challenges and what you want to achieve;
- Processes that achieve the meeting objectives and address anticipated and potential hurdles;
- Room design that creates the appropriate atmosphere and flow for the meeting process;
- Easy to understand pre-meeting materials that support the meeting objectives and allow participants sufficient time to prepare;
- Detailed meeting logistics that include the agenda, ground rules, roles and responsibilities, brainstorming rules and decision-making process;
- Neutral, objective and experienced facilitation;
- Compiled results of the meeting participants' evaluation of the process and facilitator;
- An accurate written summary of the meeting discussion, decisions, associated action plan and responsibilities.
Working with ABARIS Consulting allows you to benefit from:
- Meetings in which the participants focus on the content of the meeting not the process;
- Groups that remain on-track, adhere to deadlines and make group supported decisions;
- Meetings in which participants with difficult or disruptive behavior are managed and guided to be productive members of the group;
- Participants that leave the meeting energized and committed to the outcomes;
- A process that supports participants in discussing their interests and not vested positions;
- A process that allows the team-leader to be an active participant;
- Participants that are not just involved but engaged in the process;
- The comfort of knowing that you are working with a company that has an exceptional track record of placing their client's interests first and achieving results.
- As Certified Professional Facilitators (CPF), we have a mastery of many facilitative tools and techniques that help our clients' achieve their objectives.
- We have facilitated thousands of people in hundreds of groups.
- We have experience facilitating groups working with translators in multiple languages, and sign-language interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing.
- We develop the process, facilitate the meetings, document the outcomes, write the reports and establish action plans that are supported by the meeting participants.
- We utilize digital recording equipment and multiple microphones to capture group discussions that require verbatim documentation.
- We have successfully used facilitative intervention to address a variety of issues that include destructive conflict, participant apathy, uneven participation, drifting focus, dominant personalities, and defensive and disruptive behavior.
- We use technology such as audience response systems to enhance participant engagement and increase the value of our facilitative processes.
- We use professional project management for the effective implementation of meeting outcomes.