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Effective Team Facilitation is the 21st Century Way to Lead

Updated: Mar 24

I believe we are all familiar with the predominant 20th Century leadership style, right? Heroic and individualistic; leading your own team and your people; expert in your sector; creating predictability; focused on the last and next quarter results.


Welcome to the 21st Century! Leadership today is demanding collaborative and collective leadership teams; leaders needing to develop a team of collective leaders; leading partnerships across boundaries and across sectors; increasing the capacity to live with uncertainty; leading across three time-horizons (1. Business as usual; 2. Innovating for tomorrow; and 3. Future foresight). - Global Team Coaching Institute


Where are you on this journey and how can we work together to accelerate your transition? To be a leader in the 21st century – you need to be team literate and skilled in enabling others to lead and develop effective teams. What challenges or visions make you really interested in being better equipped to enable your teams and team leaders?


Organizational performance is a daily “team exercise.” Complex tasks require greater levels of collaboration. The individual (legendary) leader model no longer functions. Talent stays longer in effective teams. As organizations move to more virtual teams, the overall performance of those teams will often decline unless you facilitate innovative and effective pathways for this level of engagement.


The challenge for today’s teams:

  • become more synergistic

  • manage expectations of different stakeholders

  • both run the business and transform it

  • be members of multiple teams

  • increased virtual and remote workers

  • become more agile in adapting and innovating faster

  • create alignment and engagement

  • address higher consumer and employee demand for greater transparency and more authentic conversation

  • balance family needs with significant business demands

  • fully engage a multi-generational workplace.

The major challenges are not in the individual parts but in the interconnections between them.


Are you interested in changing it up? What are willing to do increase the ROI for your organization? Are you looking for more inspired and cohesive connections that align your important work inside and outside your organization? Want more collective joy and less diversions from your purpose?


The Institute of Cultural Affairs Technology of Participation (ToP)® Methods are group facilitation methods that are applicable in any setting where groups need to make collective decisions or plans.



Each of the different tools within the body of work have specific and intended outcomes - but overall, the methods aim to help groups come to consensus on where they are, why they are there, where they would like to be, and what they will do together to help them get to where they need to go. ToP methods are great tools to use to help foster collaboration in decision making and action - among individuals, organizations or communities. In particular, ToP methods allow for transformative group journeys.


Overall ToP Methods Allow Groups to:

  • Host meaningful conversations that result in shared decisions or resolve.

  • Reach consensus and focus on areas of shared agreement rather than get stuck on areas of disagreement.

  • Hear all voices and leverage group wisdom. ·

  • Recognize and honor contributions of all.

  • Let groups deal with more data in less time.

  • Pool individual contributions into larger more informative patterns.

  • Foster strategic thinking that leverages the group wisdom and creativity.

  • Promote high levels of group ownership for the resulting plan.

  • Welcome diversity while minimizing polarization and conflict.

Are you interested in cultivating 21st Century leadership? Contact Tracey McConnell at (928) 925-4020 or Tracey@CreativeCapacitiesLLC.com for more information or a free consultation.

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