Interesting comment, it was made by the members of one of the Chief Executive Groups I run.
Sometimes letting things happen can be quite revealing.
This answers one of the questions posed earlier in this blog (Why do we need facilitation anyway?)
You’ll need some background:
- I have been facilitating this particular group for about 4 years.
- We meet once every 2 months or so.
- We started it because being a CEO is a particularly lonely position.
- Talking to peers in a confidential environment is really valuable.
- CEOs need others to bounce ideas around
- We have unlocked so many seemingly intractable situations.
- Problem solving at this level needs absolute confidentiality.
- This builds a lot of commitment between the members of the group.
Why change anything?
So what happened?
- Interestingly, nothing happened.
- The group stopped meeting.
- Gradually they began to ask me when the next meeting was to be.
- We held a series of reality check conversations to find out whether what we were doing was still worthwhile or just habit.
- These conversations need to be 1:1
- They all needed the group to continue.
- “It just doesn’t happen with you” they told me when we got together again.
Facilitation does make a difference. Really valuable group working doesn’t just happen.