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    GROUP FACILITATION – What if, down deep inside, some parties just drive you crazy? GROUP FACILITATION – What if, down deep inside, some parties just drive you crazy?

    GROUP FACILITATION – What if, down deep inside, some parties just drive you crazy?

GROUP FACILITATION – What if, down deep inside, some parties just drive you crazy?

As Group Facilitators, we are devoted to the process of helping people communicate about the issues important to them, typically related to the dynamics of the group (e.g., a public or non-profit board) or surrounding an issue (e.g., a citizen task force convened to advise elected officials about a current dispute).  However, we are all human, and some people will just get to us.  They may push our individual buttons, they may attack us directly and personally, and/or they may be continually disruptive to the group.  In other words, some folks just drive you crazy while you are trying to present the persona of the calm, unbiased coordinator of the group process.

Non-verbal activities and subvocalizations are a typical cause of irritation to both members of the group and its facilitator.  Sometimes the parties engaging in these behaviors are doing so with intent (to disrupt the group, show distain for others who don’t share their views, or to gain power in the dynamics of the group process).  Others are not at all conscious of their behavioral quirks.  In either case, the behaviors can be disruptive to the group’s deliberations and a direct challenge to the process authority of the Group Facilitator.

So, what can a Group Facilitator do?  As a part of the first meeting, I always assist the group in finalizing a set of ground rules.  A typical example is the set of ground rules for my current work with the Adams County Stormwater Utility Task Force These ground rules always have statements involving respect for others group members and their right to state their opinions and […]

By |July 3rd, 2013|Group Facilitation Denver|Comments Off on GROUP FACILITATION – What if, down deep inside, some parties just drive you crazy?
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    ADAMS COUNTY STORMWATER UTILITY TASK FORCE: MAY 22, 2013 – SEPTEMBER 25, 2013 ADAMS COUNTY STORMWATER UTILITY TASK FORCE: MAY 22, 2013 – SEPTEMBER 25, 2013

    ADAMS COUNTY STORMWATER UTILITY TASK FORCE: MAY 22, 2013 – SEPTEMBER 25, 2013

ADAMS COUNTY STORMWATER UTILITY TASK FORCE: MAY 22, 2013 – SEPTEMBER 25, 2013

In response to public outcry over the imposition of a stormwater fee on landowners in unincorporated Adams County, on April 1, 2013, the Adams County Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution creating the Stormwater Utility Task Force.  A diverse group of 22 citizens were selected from people who answered the call for volunteers for the Task Force.  The Task Force has been charged with developing recommendations to be given to the County Commissioners concerning alternatives to the fee as it is presently constituted.  The County Commissioners placed no restrictions on the scope or content of the recommendations they expect.

I was selected to be the contract Task Force facilitator for its eight (and perhaps up to ten) two-hour meetings.  The schedule for these meetings and the topics for each are given at the Adams County website given above.  Two of the meetings have already occurred (on 5/22/13 and 6/12/13).

The first introductory meeting allowed the Task Force members to be greeted and then briefed by the County Commissioners on the expectations for the group.  The members all introduced themselves, and I introduced myself to them as the facilitator of the Task Force.  A discussion of the various members’ questions and concerns followed.  I described the concept of consensus decision making to the group, and they agreed that they would use that method to arrive at group decisions.  Then, the members considered a general set of twelve ground rules I proposed to them and discussed tailoring them specifically to this […]

By |June 24th, 2013|Group Facilitation Denver|Comments Off on ADAMS COUNTY STORMWATER UTILITY TASK FORCE: MAY 22, 2013 – SEPTEMBER 25, 2013