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GIBS Business School

Facilitation for High Performing Teams

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About the course

Facilitation enables effective and innovative thinking, individual and team performance and agile leadership, especially in changing environments.

The art of facilitation is key in harvesting and activating wisdom, skills, and energy for generative results that are much more than the individual can produce on their own. This is increasingly important in a knowledge-based world of work where significant outcomes depend on multiple intelligence perspectives. The leader in this "intelligence economy" does not direct work but rather orchestrates collaborative thinking and powerful processes that generate expansive results.

GIBS' Leader as Facilitator Programme will develop the required knowledge, skills and awareness to build, enhance or cultivate leader's facilitation capabilities. The Programme offers both theory and practical experiences to enable understanding of the role of the facilitator, explore group dynamics and energies and explore the various competencies, techniques and tools that will allow you, as a facilitator, to tap into collective wisdom and drive evolutionary outcomes through impactful facilitation.

The Programme is led by GIBS' Professional Associate and owner of Change Pace, Riette Ackermann, who has a Master's Degree in Personal and Professional Development and is a qualified Business Coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Guest speakers offer expertise in Facilitation and Learning, Facilitation and Psychology including the psychology of complex systems and Facilitation and Authentic Improvisation.

How you will benefit

  • A deeper understanding of facilitation and key techniques in optimising your facilitation process in order to deliver impactful performance amongst teams
  • Discover a number of facilitation approaches and be able to align the appropriate tool to the purpose
  • Ability to address controversial issues and divergent perspectives
  • Opportunity to practice common facilitation techniques and process tools, with feedback

Additional information

The Facilitation for High Performing Teams can be customised for clients as an in-house programme for those who want to build facilitation capabilities or develop an internal facilitative culture.

Guest Faculty on the Public Programme include:

  • Chantelle Wyley: Facilitation in complex systems
  • Hélène Smit: Depth Facilitation
  • Playing Mantis: Authentic Improvisation

Who should attend

  • Professional facilitators (including trainers and speakers who want to increase their facilitative repertoire)
  • Managers and leaders who have teams or multiple working groups to support in their way of working
  • Internal HR/ L&D practitioners/ Consultants
  • Those who manage task forces, boards, committees, temporary work groups or project teams.

Trust the experts

Riëtte Ackermann

Profile Riëtte is currently managing her own consultancy, Change Pace, with a focus on personal and professional development through coaching, facilitation, and the design and project management of learning and development interventions. Prior to this, she was employed full time at GIBS as a ...


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