Focus on Facilitation
How to Lead Productive Thinking Together
Meetings that Deliver Remarkable Results
"Bringing Lynda Curtin in to facilitate a Focus on Facilitation
program for us was a great investment! Personally, I am much more
confident in my own facilitation skills after taking this course, and
the feedback from other participants was fantastic. Lynda is a master
at using the various facilitation tools she shared with us, and provided
excellent coaching to each participant throughout the program which
helped us to develop our skills over the 4-day period. Everyone agreed
that the program was brilliant!"
--Deb Connors, President Well-Advised Consulting, Inc., January 2012
Save money, turn your meetings around, free up time, and strengthen
your business results with your own team of highly skilled de Bono
Thinking Systems Facilitators.
Focus on Facilitation: Twenty-nine core tools from de Bono's Lateral
Thinking, and CoRT Tools kits are combined within the flexible Six
Thinking Hats method. Facilitators are equipped with a powerful card
deck which enables them to quickly deal the cards for any type of
important meeting such as: product development, marketing, ideation,
project management, problem solving, planning, strategy, decision
making, quality improvement.
"The Focus on Facilitation training of the De Bono Thinking
Systems Methods provided by Lynda was an amazing learning experience. I
left the course feeling confident and empowered to use the tools
immediately and facilitate great thinking meetings for my clients. I
appreciated Lynda's teaching methods, pace of delivery and "learn by
doing" approach, followed by authentic and supportive feedback. I would
highly recommend this course !"
--Diane Lloyd, Results, Inc., January
Improve your ability, and strengthen your confidence to
facilitate productive thinking discussions with diverse groups. Learn to help
- Arrive at well thought through solutions that are supported and
can be implemented.
- Quickly sort through mountains of information to discard the
data that is not relevant, and to focus on the information that is
- Generate new ideas outside the mainstream, and quickly select
potential ideas to explore further.
- Challenge their current thinking in order to uncover hidden
- Build benefits into solutions in order to realize value.
- Assess risk realistically.
- Get comfortable using gut instinct when appropriate.
- Participate in productive ideation meetings.
- Consider and include the views of others that will be impacted.
- See all sides of a situation to avoid being blindsided.
- Broaden their thinking about the challenge to find new pathways
- Learn to appreciate the power of diverse points of view in
resolving tough challenges.
- Minimize personality conflicts.
- Clear up confusion on rapidly changing challenges and complex
- Put quiet employees on an equal playing field with those who are
more talkative or monopolize meetings.
- Be better prepared to implement change.
- Create communication plans that are clear and concise.
Attend one of our public events:
Focus on Facilitation™ is an Advanced Intense Training Experience
Focus on Facilitation is for people that need to lead "thinking
meetings." What thinking needs to take place in order for the group to
resolve the challenge. We believe the main purpose of many important
meetings is to find out the "thinking" and broaden the thinking of each
person attending. Thinking performance drives business performance. We
help you learn to facilitate this thinking among diverse groups with
strong personalities and opinions.
“Lynda, as I prepared for and led my first YMCA Board strategic planning
session, I heard your voice coaching me to lead a successful meeting. Four
CEO's asked that I call them to discuss on-site work, and a Board member
recommended me to be President next year. Thank you for all you have done
to prepare me for this exciting and rewarding work.” - Mary Kay Uhing,
Many people used to attend Six Thinking Hats® training
because they really wanted to learn how to use the tools to facilitate
productive thinking meetings. The one-day and two-day Six Thinking Hats
workshops weren't designed to teach facilitation skills, not to mention,
facilitation requires additional thinking tools not included in the Six
Thinking Hats method. Clients knew this and kept asking for more
in-depth facilitation training using de Bono Thinking Systems methods.
So, de Bono Thinking Systems, Inc. retained the services of Lynda Curtin
to apply her facilitation expertise along with her expertise in applying
de Bono methods--Six Thinking Hats, Lateral Thinking,
and CoRT Tools to develop a de Bono facilitation course.
Focus on Facilitation is the result.
The TEC Framework
We believe a key ingredient in successful meetings depends upon the
facilitator’s ability to: target the thinking of the group, expand the
thinking of the group in a productive and constructive way, and then
contract the thinking of the group to end up with a plan of action.
||Tools are selected to set the target for thinking in the meeting.
||Tools are selected to expand each person's thinking about the
challenge in the meeting.
||Tools are selected to contract the thinking about the challenge iending
with an action plan that is supported and doable.
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We Focus on 3 Key Facilitation Skills:
How to facilitate parallel thinking — getting everyone using the same tool,
at the same time, on the same topic. This saves time and speeds up the
How to design meeting agendas to solve a wide variety of challenges.
Different types of challenges require different thinking frameworks and
- How to improve participant input by using content language
without having to be the expert.
Delegates will learn how to:
Plan, organize, and lead a wide variety of meetings using appropriate de
Bono tools. Keep clients moving forward to achieve success.
Work with clients to define and test the overall goal to ensure a
successful outcome and confirm it’s important.
Help clients sort out their concerns and then determine which frameworks
will resolve them: ideation, problem solving, decision making, opportunity
searching, etc. (different concerns are resolved with different
Design flexible meeting plans to meet client needs. End with an action
plan that will be supported and can be implemented. Measure the level of
Help clients focus on future consequences and balance risk versus
Set priority on risks to be minimized, data to be gathered, and benefits
to be realized.
Use powerful idea generating tools that yield fresh new solutions.
Help clients become comfortable with the front-end messiness of idea
Develop frameworks for rigorous idea evaluation linked to corporate
objectives, strategy and customer needs.
Work with idea sorting and idea power tools.
Lead clients thorough business challenges to identify hidden opportunities
that “out-think” the competition.
Interview appropriate attendees in advance to gather helpful information.
Decide what can be done in advance of meetings to save time during the
Help clients decide who should attend meetings and for what purpose.
Ensure groups stays on track throughout meetings. Remain neutral and
minimize ego plays among groups.
Define how decisions are going to be made during the meeting.
Offer suggestions to clients to make meetings stimulating, enjoyable and
Use visual aids to stimulate and provoke the thinking of the attendees.
- Foster a meeting atmosphere that attendees will enjoy.
You'll receive a large variety of practical facilitator tools to put to
use during meetings to help keep you and your clients on target. Included
is your own de Bono Thinking Systems facilitator kit with your handy
facilitator guidebook and card deck. You’ll be ready to respond at a
moments notice when clients call on you to work with them.
Free Option: Earn Your Authorized de Bono Facilitator
Skill development doesn’t end when the event ends. We know it takes real world
facilitation experience putting the tools to use to develop confidence,
skill. You can choose, at no additional cost, to earn your Authorized de Bono Facilitator credential. Complete three fieldwork assignments that demonstrate competence using the
tools. You will submit your reports and upon successful demonstration of
competence you will be granted the privilege of using Authorized de Bono Thinking
Systems Facilitator. This is an exclusive designation with global recognition of
significant accomplishment and professionalism. It goes with you from
“It’s only been three days since Focus on Facilitation™ certification
ended. I used the tools yesterday. I called my client, confirmed the
focus, and then set up the thinking cards in a TEC model. When we held the
meeting, I began by asking, “This is our focus as I understand it, do you
concur?” Four of the five attendees, that is everyone but my client, said
no, that wasn’t what they came to discuss! Instead of panicking or
sweating or getting irritated, I merely rearranged a few cards and began
with a checklist of current thinking to establish what main concepts
needed to be dealt with. Worked brilliantly.” - Chuck Dymer, The Idea Loft
Employees who need to lead productive thinking meetings that are
Prerequisites and Workshop Duration
||Attendees must have completed training in a Six Thinking Hats®
||Includes Six Thinking Hats prerequisite.
4 - 8 participants. Less than 4 participants — the richness of learning
from other group members is reduced. More than 8 participants — it’s
difficult to coach according to individual need as facilitation practice
times are shorter.
What to Expect During the Workshop
The experience is very intense. Plan to clear work and home schedules for
the week. Hold at an off-site location when possible to minimize work
distractions. Participants are kept very busy. It's highly interactive
with lots of job related facilitation practice accompanied with insightful and sensitive coaching.
Success is driven by each participant's willingness to take risks in a safe
environment, and to experiment with lots of new tools and techniques. Plan
to complete evening assignments each evening to be ready for the next day.
Two Ways You Can Learn Focus on Facilitation™
Attend a Focus on Facilitation™ Seminar
Book Lynda to lead a customized Focus on Facilitation™
de Bono Innovation event for your group. Call 818-507-6055 for details.
- Attend a public workshop. View our current dates, locations and
Book Lynda to present or keynote at your conferences, team meetings and
Call 818-507-6055 to discuss the ways we can add value to your events by
stimulating the thinking of your groups.