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2005 Events
38th Facilitators' Conference
(Fall Conference)
October 31, 2005
Hamburger University at McDonald's Corporation

"Leadership Skills and the Facilitator"
This discussion focuses on Leadership skills and how these relate to being a facilitator. The session is interactive with half of the session consisting of an exercise on understanding diversity. Participants will explore the questions: What is "leadership"? How is it different from "management"? How does one lead? and How does this tie to facilitation?

by Gary Rush
(M G R Consulting, San Juan, PR)

"The Online Facilitator: Taking Our Skills to the Web"
More and more groups are accomplishing their meeting objectives via the Internet. As a facilitator, what is it like when your markers and flipcharts are replaced with a mouse, a modem and a headset? This session covers: how to interpret the IAF Facilitator Competencies in the virtual meeting world, using online ground rules effectively, when and when not to meet on the Web, and ideas for keeping participants engaged, even when you don't see them!

by Ann Marie Calistro
(Educate! Facilitate! Innovate! - Western Springs, IL)

"Facilitating List Organization / Categorization - Art or Science?"
Imagine a workshop where participants have generated large lists of ideas. Now comes the question, "What do we do with all these ideas?" The activity of arranging lists into smaller meaningful and usable units has been called many names including list organization, categorization, affinity diagramming, grouping, clustering and may be the toughest collaborative activity for a group to undertake. In this session participants will review several list organization methods and techniques, get hands-on experience in selected methods, inspect the basic components, document perceived pros and cons, review when or when not to organize, and assess some organizational/political issues.

by Paul Collins
(Jordan-Webb - Chicago, IL)

"Psychology of Growth for Facilitators"
During this highly participative session, Bruce will use simulations, lecture and visuals to clarify and amplify the three critical components of the "psychology of growth": Differentiation, Breakthrough Strategic Planning and A High Performance Team. Attendees will be provided with strategies and techniques that can be immediately implemented in the workplace.

by Bruce Hodes
(CMI - Oak Park, IL)
37th Facilitators' Conference
(Spring Conference)
May 23, 2005
De Paul University Continuing and Professional Education
"The Benefits and Challenges of Internal and External Consulting"
Nearly 80% of business consultants are external to the client organizations they serve...whether they are part of a large firm, a boutique or out on their own. Today consultants have more opportunities than ever to explore big impact roles in either internal or external consulting organizations. During the session, we will discuss the benefits and challenges of both internal and external consulting - considerations for anyone who is contemplating a career in consulting or who may want to change their vantage point for serving their clients.
Orlando Ashford
(Motorola, Inc - Schaumburg, IL)

"Motorola's Culture: Seamless Inside"
Motorola's goal of delivering seamless products and services to customers is backed by rock-solid, effective & efficient operations. The organization's culture (values, beliefs and assumptions) drives behaviors that ultimately impact its ability to execute strategy. This session will review the approach and recommendations that Motorola's Organization Development team made to build upon the rich heritage of Motorola, refreshing those parts of its culture that have made it great and recommending new ways to boost its marketplace competitiveness to new levels.

Jennifer Longnion and Richard Wug
(Motorola, Inc - Schaumburg, IL)
"Riding the Waves of Sea Change"
The field of facilitation is new and ever changing. New techniques, methodologies and technologies are being put to use constantly by the stream of professional and part-time facilitators around the world. Keeping on top of the field is an unending task. In this session conference participants will be afforded the opportunity to examine the field of facilitation and try to ascertain the cutting edge trends within it.

Jim Troxel
(Millenia Consulting - Chicago, IL)

"Appreciative Inquiry as a Tool of Facilitation"
As a facilitator one of the more challenging yet rewarding experiences is working with a group who is discouraged, frustrated and focused on the negative. In this session, learn how you can use Appreciative Inquiry as a tool to refocus the group on what is positive and working within a situation and in doing so, enable the group to raise their energy and productivity. This session will cover the basics of Appreciative Inquiry and review the four parts of the model so you'll have an overview of the steps in the process.

Odette Samuelson
(Pace Suburban Bus Service - Arlington Heights, IL)

"Proposed Certificate Program in Group Facilitation at De Paul University"
DePaul University Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) is collaborating with Millennia Consulting, LLC and examining the possibility of offering a professional certificate program in group facilitation. This program is still in the design stages and would initially be offered in the Chicago area. DePaul CPE and Millennia will ask participants to review and discuss these results and to confirm or modify the findings and in general to provide additional feedback for the program's design.
Jim Troxel
(Millenia Consulting - Chicago, IL)
"The 4th Dimension of Leadership"
The 4th Dimension of Leadership is a concept explored by Keith Elson through the analysis and metaphor of basic quantum physics. Whereas Einstein theorized that relativity was based on your position compared to space, distance, and time - Elson focuses on the aspects of leadership that people can feel, but are hard to quantify. In that way, leadership is an evolving art AND science - and is based largely on the needs of the situation, people involved, and most importantly, on the intentions of the leader. The 4th Dimension is not about techniques or tools...it's more philosophical than technical. It is, however, a powerful paradigm for people who take their leadership role seriously in any organization.
Keith Elson
(Accenture - Chicago, IL)
36th Facilitators' Conference
(Winter Conference)
January 24, 2005
Summit Executive Centre
"How to Deal With Difficult People and Challenging Situations"
Your most frustrating problems at work are exacerbated by ineffective communication. Reduce your stress by learning proven techniques for dealing with different types of people and challenging situations. Discover how to use Personality Style Analysis for immediate results. We will cover special techniques for achieving comfort and confidence. Learn the simple secret about dealing with difficult people that will improve your life instantly. You will also learn how to tame the critters in Michael's famous animal chart. It's a session you will never forget.
Michael Angelo Caruso
(Edison House - Royal Oak, MI)
"Creating New Trains Of Thought - Techniques to Challenge Your Thinking"
If we could learn to think about problems differently, what could we create or change in our lives? Everyone has the ability to think differently and to create new mental tracks to explore. Facilitators can be discouraged to hear comments like, "it'll never work" or "we've done that before", while trying to get groups looking forward into new possibilities. We'll spend part of the session experiencing different ways of looking at situations (even bad ones!) and discovering the energy that can emerge in a group merely by re-focusing conversations. Then, we'll practice different techniques to get our minds unwrapped and into new ways of thinking.

Odette Samuelson
(Pace Suburban Bus Service - Arlington Heights, IL)

"The Forté Communications System"
The Forté Communication System is a simple, powerful, pragmatic and cost-effective system for cultivating and promoting good communication between individuals and within teams. Unlike other instruments that measure aspects of "personality type", the Forté is designed to assess current, changing and perceived "communication styles" and to help individuals and teams minimize the chances for misunderstandings and conflicts. In this session, you will experience how the Forté System can be used to improve interpersonal and team communication.

You may take the Forté Communications Surveys 1 & 2 prior to the session by visiting: www.jordan-webb.net/forteinstitute. You will receive a free 2-page Forté Communication Style report (via email) of your lifetime communication style strengths and an extremely accurate reading of your personal and interpersonal preferences, and your level of self-motivation. You will have the opportunity to purchase your entire report if you so choose.
Christopher Hunter
(CLHunter Consulting - Palatine, IL) (A Forté Provider)

Kim Ramsey
(The Executive Edge- Carol Stream, IL) (A Forté Provider)

"The Need for Facilitated Thinking Environments"
Traditional ways of thinking are slow and ineffective compared with today's pace of rapid and accelerating change. What is needed is the development of Facilitated Thinking Environments (FTEs) that function by emulating how skilled educators, facilitators and consultants provide intellectual guidance. A first of its kind FTE, called MindSights, will be demonstrated to show how it helps harness the creative talent and improves personal, team and enterprise thinking performance in a systematic way for the betterment of workers, the organization and its customers.

Dennis Heindl
(Nth Degree Software - Greendale, WI)

Paul Collins
(Jordan-Webb -, Chicago, IL)

"Using the Innovation Process to Drive Word-of-Mouth"
Internal and external consultants increasingly are struggling with traditional communication and marketing methods becoming decreasingly effective in a message-cluttered environment and tuned-out clients. Word-of-Mouth is widely-regarded to be the most powerful and influential way to communicate your message and value to clients to create action, as they make the majority of their contracting decisions based on Word-of-Mouth from trusted experts and peers. Yet, very few organizations actively understand, manage, listen for, capture, and nurture Word-of-Mouth about their value delivery in any organized way. In this presentation you will gain baseline knowledge of the key concepts and components of Best Practice Word-of-Mouth and Innovation to dynamically grow your business.

Tim Sullivan
(ASPIRE - Total Customer Development - Chicago, IL)

Midwest Facilitation Network
2005 Event Chronology
Fall Conference / Spring Workshop / Winter Conference

2006 Events / 2005 Events / 2004 Events / 2003 Events / 2002 Events / 2001 Events / 2000 Events / 1999 Events
1998 Events / 1997 Events  / 1996 Events / 1995 Events / 1994 Events / 1993 Events

MFN Mission / MFN Beginnings  / MFN Organization / MFN Constituency / MFN Directors
MFN  Membership / MFN Highlights / MFN Event Overview / MFN Event Chronology
2004 Schedule / 2003 Schedule
MFN Home Page / Links to Related Resources / MFN Calendar