Facilitation involves supporting a team to achieve their goals by focusing on the process rather than the content. A team leader may direct the team on what to focus on, but a facilitator is usually neutral about the content but the champion of the process. Facilitators may help a group plan their tasks and achieve consensus, or overcome conflict. In the procurement process, procurement champions often steer or guide the team by suggesting a process to resolve issues and achieve ‘buy in’ in a collegiate way, proposing and achieving support, rather than being directive. The key skills of the facilitator are ‘pull’ influencing skills, including listening, empathy and persuasion. See also Persuasion.
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