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Sunrise Mediation
Rebecca H. Hiers

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Facilitation can help businesses, governmental entities and other organizations build those productive working relationships with other organizations that often are so key to success.  

Building Alliances:  Organizations frequently can find additional strength in building alliances with other organizations that share similar goals. Even groups with similar goals, though, are likely to have many differing perspectives, experiences, and desires for the partnership.  Facilitation can help the people who are involved to develop plans that maximize the unique contributions of each organization, and help create a smooth and coordinated working relationship.

Multi-Party Alliances:  An alliance that is made up of several parties has a great deal of strength and diversity.  It also can pose an organizational challenge.  Where multiple parties are involved, facilitation can play a vital role by helping design an efficient process that will promote effective communication, planning and coordination. 

Bridging Different Professions:  Policy-makers, agency representatives, business owners, managers, accountants, attorneys, scientists, and other professionals, all may have their own perspectives on a particular problem, and their own vocabulary for evaluating the issue.  A Facilitator can assist professionals in communicating their perspectives to those outside their field, so that everyone can engage in productive dialogue. 

Complex Issues:  When the issues that need to be addressed are complex in nature, facilitation can help organize the discussions.  Facilitation is a particularly useful tool for breaking down complex issues into manageable pieces, and for helping the parties prioritize their objectives. 

Emotionally Charged Issues:  When emotions threaten to derail productive discussions, facilitation can provide a structured process for addressing the participants' concerns, and for redirecting their energy and passion into constructive dialogue. 

Building Teamwork:  Facilitation can help build teamwork by improving communication and relationships.  Understanding and recognizing the value of one another's unique strengths can help individuals work together much more effectively.  Including a teamwork-building workshop within a facilitation process not only can help build better relationships, but also can be fun. 

Bridging Cultural Differences:  When people come from different cultural backgrounds, disagreements are not uncommon.  Sometimes, differing assumptions and viewpoints can create or contribute to misunderstandings.  Facilitation can help the participants to better understand and communicate with one another. 

Sensitive Issues:  The facilitation process can create a respectful setting for open and honest discussion about sensitive issues. 

Large Groups:  When a large group needs to discuss an important issue, facilitation may be key.  A Facilitator can help design a process which ensures an opportunity for input from all group members, and which structures the discussions and the decision-making process to meet the group's goals.  

If your organization is interested in using facilitation, please feel free to contact Sunrise Mediation to discuss what options might fit your needs. 



 
   
 
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