Facilitative Leadership skills help move groups to closure

The March 2015 session of MSU Extension's Facilitative Leadership program is now open for registration.

Facilitative Leadership skills help move groups to closure

Chances are you have led or been part of a meeting where you left feeling frustrated that the meeting’s objectives were not met. Michigan State University Extension offers a three-day Facilitative Leadership class to address this. The workshop is for leaders, managers, facilitators and graduate students. The Facilitative Leadership class focuses on creating an inclusive culture of collaborative learning in teams, communities and organizations. It is for both new and experienced leaders, managers, facilitators and graduate students who would like to develop or improve their facilitative leadership skills. It takes place at the beautiful Kettunen Center, a comfortable 4-H retreat and conference center in a forest setting on a lake near Tustin, Michigan. The next workshop will be held March 17-19, 2015 and will begin at 9:30 a.m. on day 1 and end by 3 p.m. on day three. There are evening sessions on both the first and second days.

What is facilitative leadership? Facilitative leadership helps build the capacity of a group or organization to use the collective gifts of its members. It seeks to coordinate the actions of members, strengthen relationships and enable the group to meet its goals.

The goal of the class is to provide experiential grounding in leading groups to have more effective and efficient meetings and work together in a positive and productive way. During the workshop, participants practice skills in leading a group discussion, reaching consensus, encouraging creativity, setting outcome-based goals for meetings, keeping a group focused, and creating action plans. Every participant facilitates small group discussions during the workshop and receives extensive written and verbal feedback from the instructors and colleagues in the course. All practice facilitations are based on real-world situations brought in by the participants.

Prior to the class registrants are asked to sign up for a 90-minute interactive online session as an introduction to and background for facilitative leadership concepts. A choice of times and dates is available upon registration.

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Class size is limited to 24 participants. This allows time for every participant to practice facilitating and receive coaching and feedback in small groups.

This allows time for every participant to practice facilitating and receive coaching and feedback in small groups. Due to the nature of the workshop, participants are asked to participate fully in the three days without phone calls, meetings and other interruptions which diminish the learning experience for all.

The cost of this all inclusive retreat experience, provides two nights lodging, day one breakfast through day three lunch, and all materials is $600 for tax exempt employees and $615 for taxable employees. Cancellations will be accepted until February. 11, 2015. After this date, there will be a $250 cancellation fee for any cancellation. Those interested in joining the course should register by February 11, 2015.

The MSU Extension Leadership and Community Engagement team offers professional development training, including volunteer board development, communicating through conflict, meeting management and facilitation skills development and organizational strategic visioning and planning.

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