Rubbish! To be human is to have an opinion. To feel. To emphasize. To be aware of what’s going on around us. Facilitators are all of this, and aware of influences that may affect the groups we are facilitating. That’s part of the reason why I woke at 3.30 am this morning to witness Barack Obama’s inauguration – especially his speech. Like it or not, agree or not – what he says is important. People take notice. It sends signals. I believe it’s important, and I enjoy, being aware of what’s happening in the world. What are the trends? What are the influences, and influencers? This is a service we bring to our clients – not as an expert, but as a conduit.
When facilitating I will keep my opinions to myself. I will be a vessel for the group’s opinions – to enable ALL to be heard. Facilitators are not neutral – we are aware, and we know when a well-placed opinion can help a struggling group move. For without movement there is no progress.