The skills mentioned in the above title are a must for every NP manager. Last week I took a two day workshop at One OC that focused on those skills. The course is called ToP Facilitation Methods and taught by ToP facilitators Becky Foreman and Emma Diaz. The ToP methodology is associated with a group called the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA). ICA programs strengthen the capacities of organizations, communities, and individuals to build and implement innovative plans of action that draw upon assets and social capital in a collaborative manner.
Here is the description of the specific workshops:
The Focused Conversation Method: This common sense approach leads naturally to a meaningful exchange of ideas
- Conduct purposeful discussion
- Capture a group’s best thinking easily
- Surface new ideas and solutions
- Stimulate candid feedback
The Consensus Workshop Method: This Structure process is so engaging people are energized getting to consensus.
- Tap rational and intuitive thought processes
- Integrate diverse ideas
- Generate practical and creative solutions
- Develop group consensus
The Action Planning Method: These practical steps help groups plan, organize resources and build commitment.
- Visualize a successful result
- Analyze the current reality
- Create a practical plan
- Maximize group involvement
This was a first class workshop. The leaders are top notch professionals. If you are a NP manager looking for ways to activate group participation, this workshop is the ticket!!! It helps groups think, talk and work together.
Institute of Cultural Affairs: http://www.ica-usa.org
Author: Michael Kogutek, Executive Coaches of Orange County, www.ECofOC.org