Facilitative leadership skills help move groups to closure

Do Meetings have you frustrated? Is team morale diminished by poor leadership? Facilitative Leadership March 2016 session now open for registration

Have you ever led or been part of a meeting where you left feeling frustrated? Have meeting objectives and purpose not been met and therefore diminished team morale?

“Chances are you have led or been part of a meeting where you left feeling frustrated that the meeting’s objectives were not met. MSU Extension offers a three-day Facilitative Leadership class to address this. The workshop attendees may be leaders, managers, facilitators, graduate students and anyone interested in facilitative leadership.

The Facilitative Leadership class focuses on creating an inclusive culture of collaborative learning in teams, communities and organizations.  It takes place at the beautiful Ziibiwing Cultural Center, 6650 E Broadway Rd, Mount Pleasant, Michigan.  The workshop will be held March 14-16, 2016 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 leadership capacity of a group or organization’s members.  It seeks to coordinate the actions and thoughts of members, strengthen relationships, and enable the group to establish and meet its goals democratically.

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 designed by participants using current situations they want to work on.

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.  Those dates and times are selected upon registration

Class size is limited to 24 participants. This allows time for every participant to practice facilitating and receive coaching and feedback in small groups. Due to the focused 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. You will apply what you have learned in practice facilitation sessions, in a safe and supportive environment.

You will apply what you’ve learned in practice facilitation sessions, in a safe and supportive environment.

The cost of this training includes breakfast on the first day and all meals each day with lunch on day three concluding the program, as well as all materials for $490 for tax exempt employees or $507 for taxable employees. Lodging is not included for this session in Mount Pleasant. Participants will need to reserve and pay for lodging on their own. 

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