The way we help our clients is known as facilitation. To facilitate means to serve as an external expert who relates neutrally to their situation. We establish a setting for your discussions so that you can reach a mutual understanding. The process of facilitation can be summed up in three stages: clarification, solutions and actions.
Facilitation can be utilised in decision-making, strategy projects, change situations and innovation processes, among other things. It is particularly useful in demanding meeting situations such as virtual meetings. When a meeting poses challenges due to technological constraints, facilitation will help clarify the way of working, improve time efficiency and enhance the involvement of all participants. Facilitation brings a sense of presence to a meeting even when the participants are geographically dispersed. It helps everyone to focus on what is truly essential.
With facilitation you can ensure an organised meeting and get to what matters – results. We don’t facilitate for fun – the goals of our clients are always at the forefront of our minds. Having a third party moderate the discussion ensures that everyone can participate, including supervisors. Facilitation also helps you ensure that every voice gets heard – not just the bold ones who have no trouble getting their point across in the workplace anyway.
We are pioneers in facilitation in Finland – Grape People has helped Finnish organisations with facilitation since 2003. Our experience gives us confidence in what we do and helps us do it efficiently. Nevertheless, we are always striving to become better and to pass on our knowledge.
The books written by Grape People experts provide you with an excellent opportunity to learn more about facilitation and its methods. You can order all these books directly from us.
Unlike most of Leadership books, the Handbook of Facilitative Leadership: Concrete Ways to Boost Performance shows specifically how to lead:
These questions, and many more are answered by the different leadership situations that are presented and then analysed in each chapter.
The idealogue method is an improved alternative to traditional brainstorming methods and doesn’t just allow for ideas to be created and shared, but also helps facilitate the understanding of ideas, creating group consensus.
The reader will be taken directly into facilitative sessions around the world, and provided a front row seat to watch the idealogue method at work. The book strives to be a true user’s manual, providing tangible, practical advice for how to effectively use the idealogue method.
Finland’s first handbook on virtual facilitation is a practice-oriented guidebook for a world where basic facilitation techniques are applied in virtual environments. It is also suitable for use a handbook for supervisors, organisational developers, consultants and coaches already familiar with facilitation. (Available in Finnish.)
This handbook provides concrete tools for the facilitation of all stages of the creative problem-solving process. You can apply these methods when upgrading your operations in preparation for future challenges as well as for marketing planning, development of new services, or resolving problems that emerge in everyday work. This way you can accomplish more at a higher quality level and in a less time – all with the same group of participants. (Available in Finnish. Also available as eBook.)
Facilitator’s Handbook is a story, but above all it is a professional handbook that presents the basic principles and tools of facilitation through practical examples. The examples analyse experiences from group situations: which methods best apply to given situations, which challenges they’re suitable for and what can be achieved with them. (Available in Finnish and also in Russian)