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Life Is Not Facilitated, Is It?

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          When situations are facilitated effectively – structures are taken into context, processes are created that boost efficiency and the right people are involved.

All good so far.

But as the title of this article suggests, life doesn’t always run this smoothly. Most personal and professional situations are beyond your control, so it’s difficult to facilitate them.

Life just isn’t naturally facilitated. It’s a melting pot of contexts, personalities, and variables and we’re all just doing our darn best to muddle through.

There are things you can do to implement elements of control and facilitate situations that come your way though. You might not get amazing results all the time, but you can head into situations with a blueprint for your own personal form of facilitation.

Hack the Hierarchy

Not everyone feels confident about speaking out and adding their thoughts.

Hacking the hierarchy means that people that are effective facilitators should try to sidestep the status-quo and come up with solutions and build relationships, regardless of whether they’re “senior” or otherwise.

Once you start to dismantle rigid structures at work or even home, people feel free to unleash their creativity more and aren’t as constrained by power dynamics. Making everyone feel equal can work wonders.

Avoid GroupThink

A tendency to groupthink in team and personal scenarios can also stifle the ideation process and prevent imaginative solutions.

For whatever reason, perhaps because of social etiquette, people have a tendency avoid disagreeing with the work and effort the leader has put into the schedule, even if they have better ideas. If a power dynamic or hierarchy is rigid then people might not say what they think. Urging people to get in contact with their thoughts privately is a great way to facilitate the thoughts of others on a topic, issue or subject matter on hand.

Emotional Intelligence

Being more open and authentic in relationships in your personal and professional life can really improve how you approach situations. Life isn’t smooth and expertly facilitated, but you can create more transparency with better communication.

Having emotional intelligence is an incredibly important skill in the modern school, workplace and home life, if not the most important. Empathising with others and being able to put yourself in their shoes means that you can think outside the box and from other people’s perspectives.

This strengthens your own ideas and the input you can encourage from those around you. You can connect with people in a way that makes them feel valued and part of a unit that wants to hear their contributions.

Embrace Diversity

Populations are becoming more and more diverse and with this comes different perspectives, ways of thinking and a range of creative problem-solving. As workplaces and situations embrace diversity, it’s important that a diversity of thought is applied to facilitating and getting the best out of people.


Finding ways to channel new ideas and perspectives is really important. Smaller groups, individual thinking, one-on-one meetings, and effective communication – these are all ways to build relationships with people to create contexts that can utilise the unique characteristics and traits people bring to the table.

Collaboration isn’t easy or natural when people are not feeling happy and satisfied with their situation.

Final Thoughts

Life is incredibly chaotic and unpredictable, which makes it almost impossible to facilitate properly. However, with the points I’ve highlighted, I hope you can work towards making it more open to facilitation. There are elements of your professional and personal life that you can influence, so working on those areas and moulding them in a way that makes them more controllable will help you to create better processes.

Trying to use your individual, unique traits to bring something new to situations and not being daunted by hierarchical power structures will help you to see scenarios more clearly and take action.

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Festus Oppong Kwabena Asante (FOKA)https://fokawrites.com
Festus Oppong Kwabena Asante is an avid reader, kopite, web designer/developer, journalist and sports writer. He is an art and poetry lover, whose favorite pastime is to watch his beloved REDS conquer all of England, Europe and the World. P.S. Not necessarily in that order.
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