What could be tougher than binary logistic regression? How about facilitating a team? Team inputs vary in type, personality, knowledge level, background, etc., but the choice for team output is pretty discrete – success or not.

So what does a good facilitator look like? Here’s what Wikipedia says:

  • “An individual who enables groups and organizations to work more effectively, to collaborate and achieve synergy”
  • “One who contributes structure and process to interactions so groups are able to function effectively and make high-quality decisions”
  • “The facilitator’s job is to support everyone to do their best thinking. To do this, the facilitator encourages full participation, promotes mutual understanding and cultivates shared responsibility”

For some belts, being a good facilitator may come naturally. Others may need training and practice to sharpen their skills. In either case, one thing is for sure – don’t underestimate the need or value of this key skill. It could make a big difference in whether the team finds success . . . or not.

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