facilitation is far more than process-based. While it is important
to be on time, we are much more focused on staying on task, and
staying on target. Offsites are too expensive, rare, time-consuming
and important to work in any other way. We have to be sufficiently
well-versed or expert in the issues at hand.
Strategy sessions, especially offsite meetings, often benefit from
the clear, unbiased guidance of someone from the outside. We are
often called upon to help plan, lead and orchestrate these sessions,
whether they are for a few dozen, or for several hundred.
Facilitation Where and When You Need It
Our facilitation work doesn’t just take place before, during
or after large-scale offsites. It often takes place at regular leadership
group meetings, on a quarterly or even more frequent basis.
In one instance, it has been an every-other month engagement for
more than three years. In another, it is scheduled as an annual
occurrence with the CEO and board of directors of a publicly-traded
company, focusing on the allocation of board responsibilities, the
“rules of engagement” for the introduction, discussion
and disposition of items on the board meeting agenda, and criteria
for the evaluation of board performance.
There are times when individual executives may need someone upon
whom to bounce ideas and ask for guidance. This could be during
the initial stages of a new job, or during a particularly difficult
This type of facilitation is at the other end of the spectrum from
the “cast of thousands” offsite held at a comfortable
resort or conference center. Although we don't call ourselves coaches,
some of the executive facilitation work we do falls easily into