The more I get to facilitate, the more I get to understand how the definition of success (in a facilitated meeting or process) can differ in the eye of the beholder.
Particularly between facilitator and participants. Here I intentionally leave the case of the workshop leader / event organiser / decision-maker out of the picture as they are the ones with -in principle- the clearest understanding of what is there to be achieved.
Here are a few illustrations of the different success definitions between participants and facilitators:
|What the participants seek||What the facilitators see and seek|
|Good time management|
No conversation dragging on, we will be able to be at home on time. Not one of these endless death-by-Powerpoint shows that leaves us aghast.
|What really matters is checking that the objectives are completed, or are well on their way while preserving and even improving relationships in the group and…|
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