257 - Exploring the Ethical Lines between Facilitation and Consulting with Benjamin Taylor

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Feb 21 2024 • 58 mins

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Dominant, supportive. Immediate value, gradual value. Explicit, implicit. Scarcity, abundance. Consultant, Facilitator.

It might be tempting to view the roles of a consultant, and that of a facilitator, through these opposing dichotomies, but nothing is ever really that black and white. And as Benjamin Taylor and I speak about this week, there’s a great deal to be learnt from the intersection of the two!

This episode takes a look at facilitation through the meta-lens; from afar, we inspect it as a movement and dig up some uncomfortable clichéd truths, and up-close, we unravel the intricacies of manipulation, shallow vs deep facilitation, and the most daring tool of all in our toolkit.

Find out about:

  • Where facilitation shows up in consulting and the interplay between the two disciplines
  • What Benjamin has learnt from decades spent as a consultant in the public sector
  • The distinction between shallow and deep facilitation and why it is critical for an effective outcome
  • Why the key to impactful facilitation lies in fostering an environment of connection, collaboration and empowering each participant’s strengths
  • Why consultants must resist the urge to prove instant value; instead taking a more measured, facilitative approach to collaboration

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