I’ve recently returned from an amazing trip to Africa, and while in Uganda had the opportunity to facilitate workshops for the 20 or so managers of Kampala Children’s Centre and then for 91 of their staff. The result was that the various work groups came away buzzing with ideas of how to improve their planning, processes and outcomes.
The same thing happens here in the UK – workshops are a brilliant way of involving everyone in planning, continuous improvement and problem-solving – several heads really are better than one!
You can facilitate your own workshops – get people together and encourage them to find the root causes of issues, generate possible solutions, then evaluate each possible solution until the best one emerges – or you can ask someone from outside the organisation to facilitate.
Whichever option you choose, workshops can be one of the most time efficient and effective methods of moving forward, because they develop a culture of sharing knowledge, information and ideas.