Facilitation & Training

We facilitate thriving team collaboration and performance. In nature, this looks an awful lot like a flock of geese*.

*A flock of geese fly in a V-formation for thousands of kilometres. As each bird moves its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird that is following. When the lead bird gets tired, it rotates back into the formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the birds in front and another bird moves into the lead position. 

What would it mean for your organization to have teams that are aligned around a shared vision, are genuinely collaborative and embody authentic communication?

Who is it for?

Any natural team or group within organizations that desire greater harmony, collaboration and ease in how they work together towards a shared purpose. Examples of a natural team include a C-suite team, the entire start-up crew, a set of managers across functions, a faculty unit within a university, a group of new-hires, a healthcare unit within a hospital or a community group coalescing around an area of interest. 

What results are possible?

Often teams can get into stuck dynamics, face conflict or tough challenges. We meet groups where they are at and support them with developing the capacities necessary to create and sustain the future they want.

Margaret Wheatley said it best, "In organizations, real power and energy is generated through relationships. The patterns of relationships and the capacities to form them are more important than tasks, functions, roles and positions.

What can you expect?

A typical engagement moves through a few phases, as outlined below. But there is rarely a typical scenario - each engagement is tailored to meet your needs within the resources available. 

Typically we are invited by the team leader. We arrive with a heightened sense of awareness to see what's visible and invisible in the team culture by conducting observation visits, stakeholder interviews or assessments. We co-create a design to meet the needs and budget of the organization. We then move into the work with lightness and artful precision. We are skilled and compassionate at working with the prickly stuff underneath the surface of team dynamics. 

The engagement could look like a customized one-day team retreat at a nature-inspired location. It could look like two half-day onsite sessions with 3 months of paired weekly conversations to sustain the learning in-between. It could look like a series of five, 1hr skill-building topics tacked onto existing monthly team meetings. And it could look completely different. 

You can certainly expect, that when you step into a partnership with us, your team cannot step into the same river twice. 

What’s our approach?

Our facilitation and training designs are co-creative, adaptive and experiential. We draw upon powerful facilitation techniques and methodologies, including, but not limited to, Theory U, Action Inquiry, Systems Thinking, Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space Technology and World Cafe. 

Are you part of a group or team that feels stuck, is facing conflict or tough challenges?

"Samina has a unique capacity to awaken people with her clarity of vision and intentionality. It was joyful and creative to work with Samina. I got to know and appreciate her ability to remain deeply committed to the work, to ask really good questions, to remain curious and compassionate, to observe the present and sense into the future. While Samina excels at creating a safe and supportive learning environment, she is also bold and has a strong capability to step into challenging moments. I would highly recommend Samina as a strategist and facilitator."

Dorothy LeBaron, Founder, BiographyCoach
We are a Toronto-based boutique consulting practice that specializes in executive coaching, team development and strategy.
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