Leading Through Facilitation: Unpacking the Complexity of Group Dynamics with Rob Evans

Workshops.Work · February 21, 2024

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The prevailing view in organisations (and among their leaders) is that change processes are rational challenges — a question of getting from A to B with efficiency and minimal interruption.

After 30+ years of facilitating change processes and training others to do the same, Rob Evans has learned that a great deal of the work to be done is anything but rational.

The emotional and political contexts in which groups exist matter. The decision-making structure around the team matter. The restrictions and fears matter.

Join us for a discussion in the depth and detail of group dynamics, participant empowerment, and the deeply human sides of facilitation.

Find out about:

  • Why prioritising participants learning and growth is an ever-reliable foundation for workshop planning
  • How to account for emotional and political contexts in your workshop and avoid over-rationalisation
  • Why Rob believes successful workshops hinge on having a large enough group
  • How to approach a problem that is too big for the group to fix
  • Why it’s worth asking why a change hasn’t happened yet, before we ask how to make the change
  • What Rob has learned form helping drug users to rehabilitate from their addictions

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The world is waking up to the power of facilitation. Whether it's hosting a workshop, holding better meetings, or leading happy and productive teams - we want to make collaboration easy and effective. Dr. Myriam Hadnes is the founder of NeverDoneBefore, a global online facilitation community and festival, and this is her podcast. 'workshops work' is 50% sandbox and 50% classroom, a safe space for anyone interested in facilitation to learn more about the craft. Each week, a professional facilitator, trainer, or coach joins Myriam to discuss their interests and experiences in the world of facilitation. The conversations are open, and honest, and make facilitation understandable and accessible to all.Get practical tips and advice from a raft of experts and uncover the magic ingredients that make workshops work. You can download a free 1-page summary of each episode on https://workshops.work/podcast

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