Sometimes, to decide how to deal with an important issue, problem, opportunity or challenge, it’s best to set aside some dedicated time to think through and look at the topic in more detail. Often, a well-structured, well-facilitated ‘workshop’ can really be most effective. That’s where Owen Morris can assist.

What issue or opportunity do you need to look at more ?

It could be anything from reviewing the implications of a competitor’s new product launch or thinking of innovative ways to boost growth to discussing how to improve an operational or HR problem. Other needs might be, for example, evaluating options for a business plan, reviewing progress on a big project, or exploring ways for a team to work better together.

There are various types of format for group meeting and they can come with different names, including: focus-group, seminar, workshop, round-table, conference, summit and forum. There are also, of course, various online methods like webinars and message-boards. Furthermore, there are ‘ongoing’ structured methods like user panels, advisory boards and committees. All have slightly different characteristics and benefits, but we can advise on the most suitable choice to suit your particular needs.

Working through a group can offer lots of advantages over trying to deal alone with an issue. Groups can look at an issue more roundly and deeply, they can come up with more ideas, they encourage more creative thinking, and typically come up with better quality and better-informed conclusions or decisions. Also, groups often come up with ideas or solutions faster and more easily. And they can be fun and motivational for the participants.

Tailored, facilitated workshops. Applied expertise.

A group meeting or workshop can be very quick – just an hour or so – or run for a few hours or even a day or more, depending on factors like the complexity of the issue and the number of people involved. But, to be effective, any group session needs careful planning, with key factors including, for example, careful definition of the exact objectives and issues to be addressed, deciding who is best to attend, preparing suitable information in advance, and planning the most appropriate agenda.

For the meeting itself, as well as skilful facilitation, an appropriate mix of supportive process tools and techniques is key. For example, there is a wide choice of models and linear techniques which can help with analysing and understanding an issue. Likewise, there is a wide and varied tool box to help with areas like creative thinking, decision-making and action-planning. A mix of techniques is usually best.

Owen Morris are expert facilitators, so we can advise and work with you to design, plan, deliver and follow-up a powerful group meeting for you. What’s more, of course, we’ll bring an outside-in, fresh and independent perspective – so useful and helpful for any thinking process.

Expert associate partners to help address specific issues

To add value to our facilitation, where useful, we can call upon and involve one of our specialist associates to assist. It could simply be to offer a neutral perspective in advance of the workshop but equally it could be very helpful for him/her to join the workshop itself and so deepen the expertise on-hand to guide choices an decisions. Our specialist partners cover disciplines ranging from corporate law to business finance.

Your team’s expertise + Owen Morris’s expert facilitation will add up to a powerful combination! So contact us today.