The Art of Focusing Group Energy on a Specific Goal
By Nathan Mayhew
Having focus and setting goals are certainly up there in the list of the most important things SME’s today can do to ensure the success of their business. These go hand in hand with why ‘Peerworking’ is such a successful method of business growth and development for many SME’s in Lancashire along with;
• Having a place to share knowledge, experience and ideas
• Being part of a powerful support network of likeminded people
• Challenging ways of working
• Giving yourself time to work on your business, not just in it
It’s no wonder so many people leave our sessions feeling motivated, inspired and ready to take on the world (of business).
If you know us well, then you will also know that we can’t credit our Practitioners enough, their willingness to share advice and best practice and truly coming together for the good of everyone is certainly a powerful force that we are proud to have achieved.
There is however one thing we rarely touch on when sharing information about ‘Peerworking’, and that is the importance of the facilitation of such an event and the true skill that goes into properly supervising a room of 16 business owners to ensure that every person in that room…
a) Has a voice
b) Has the opportunity to raise an issue without feeling embarrassed
c) Feels supported
d) Feels welcomed
e) Goes away with advice they can use in their business
Facilitation is Latin for “make easy” and for us that’s just the half of it, not only do we make our ‘Peerworking’ sessions easy for those who attend we strive to give delegates everything they need to get the most out of ‘Peerworking’ which is why it is such a unique skill and one we have honed and perfected over the last 6 years.
Ingrid Bens defines a facilitator as:
“one who contributes structure and process to interactions so groups are able to function effectively and make high quality decisions. A helper and enabler whose goal is to support others as they achieve exceptional performance.”
BCO co-founder and director Helen Livesey has been facilitating ‘Peerworking’ sessions since they were born in 2013. She has drawn from her many years of experience in business and strong leadership skills to deliver and train others to facilitate to her own high standards and is a beacon in the BCO community. Not for being bossy (haha), but for making sure business owners get what they want out of their business by bringing them back to why they started their journey in the first place.
Here’s what Practitioner Ged Henderson had to say about Helen:
And she makes it look so easy!
If that has peaked your interest and you want to know more about attending a ‘Peerworking’ Surgery with top class facilitation and find out how to get the best out of your business click here!
We can’t wait to meet you, and support you!