You know how you decide to have a strategy day with your team and then end up spending so much time on things like finding a venue; deciding on activities; and getting materials together; that you just wish you'd never started?
What I do is take away the most painful bits, leaving you with the opportunity to really participate on the day, knowing that someone else has it covered.
In fact, I've been providing facilitation sessions just like that to a number of groups (ranging from groups of 8 to 150) since 2011; initially for 'visioning' workshops, and now more broadly into strategic development.
These workshops provide you with the opportunity to fully participate alongside your team without having to design content and drive activities during the day. We usually spend a couple of hours together a few weeks beforehand to co-create the session, define the key outcomes and all the little details that will make it as engaging as possible without you having to worry on the day.
You'll take away electronic copies of all outputs (and there's usually lots and lots of paper, flip-chart etc generated!) and, if you want, you can videos of key parts of the day. If a strong graphic is one of your desired outcomes from a visioning session, I have experience of working with professional illustrators to create something that you can print, use on desktops etc.
I use a variety of tools and techniques, such as 'Liberating Structures' and World-Cafe; which lead to high levels of engagement, and usually lots of fun and laughter.
Contact me today to talk about your next away-day, and reduce the pain of getting it all organised.
Jonathan came recommended to me and from my first contact I could see why. He took the time to listen and understand what we were trying to achieve, before making some useful suggestions, from overall vision and structure, to the finer details of the away-day, to ensure everything went smoothly. The tools and techniques Jonathan employed, together with his positive personal manner, kept the session involving very senior staff on track, and productive. I expect we will engage Jonathan again in the future and I've already recommended him to my colleagues.
I was very pleased with this event, and think it went very well. Jonathan did a good job facilitating, there was lots of positive discussion and energy and a perhaps surprisingly high degree of agreement on the overall vision! Thanks very much for all your work organising this, and for the careful planning which made it such a success.
It has been a game changer for us as a team. There have been times when things have gone wrong and we haven't been quite sure why. The workshop helped to identify those things and has given us the tools to fix them. It has made us much better at celebrating our differences rather than being tripped up by them. My main take-away is that with trust you can push through just about any challenge together - and it was especially helpful to identify the things that build trust and the things that break them.
I would have no problem recommending Jonathan. He is a pleasure to work with as: he’s quick to learn and question; tailors his approach to each specific situation; helped to guide my decision making from initial idea generation through to action; delivered exceptional workshops, which are enjoyable, inclusive, fair and at the necessary times direct; and, has helped me to achieve way beyond what I thought was possible from group exercises. Highly highly recommended.
I had the pleasure of working with Jonathan recently whilst co facilitating a leadership development course. Jonathan is blessed with a highly creative, imaginative and energetic style. Whilst working with Jonathan I observed him use both theory and practice well when working with clients, I also observed that Jonathan has a natural coaching nature which commands strong rapport by those who work with him. I would recommend Jonathan to future clients.
Jonathan quickly understood the issues and worked effectively with me towards finding the answers. Money very well spent by me to address important business challenges. Will use him again for my own work in the future. Book him now before it is too late !!
Jonathan was engaged to work with my senior leadership team of 12 people over the course of twelve months. I found him very knowledgeable and attentive, listening carefully to what we were seeking to achieve, but contributing his own ideas too. He carefully involved me in the planning of a series of workshops which he delivered professionally and flexibly. Colleagues in the team really valued his input and approach which added value to the team.
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