Kurt Lewin, considered to be one of the pioneers of social psychology. Lewin asserted that the behavior of individuals results from how they interact with their environment, b = f(p,e). This simple equation helps unpack much of what we need to review for an individual facilitation effort.
The environment is perhaps the most under-utilized facilitation resource. We often are able to change it far more than we are able to influence the participants we are facilitating. Doing so means really thinking about the behavior/results you want to produce and what you know about the people you will facilitate. What environmental considerations will increase the likelihood that these people will produce the envisioned results for the session? What room set and other logistics will help support the conversations that need to occur? What supportive material will help inform people’s thinking so they can make the needed contributions to the conversation?
Every Friday in 2012, I will post information and insights about effective facilitation, sharing some of the content and thinking I provide in the one-day and half-day facilitation workshops that groups often engage me to present. You can find previous posts by searching for the tag: facilitationfriday.