Workshops & Management Retreats
Abinsi’s facilitation services support workshops, management retreats, and "idea" sessions. Our facilitators create an environment where topics of interest can be discussed in an open and objective forum that reduces bias, “group-think”, and personality conflicts.
Workshop/retreat design starts with planning the scope of the session, confirming attendees, gathering background materials, and planning the agenda. Additionally, we can coordinate facilities, catering, invitations, and registrations for the event.
The nature of a facilitated workshop depends on the type of event; however, our facilitators will always moderate discussion, document ideas and opinions, and compile raw results that can be distributed to participants by the session sponsor. Additionally, facilitators may leverage their external perspectives to challenge group-think or to introduce ideas not identified by the group.
'SpeedStorm' is a facilitated workshop process that organizations can use to quickly identify challenges and/or opportunities related to operational activities. The workshops are designed for 10-40 people; activities include orientation, focus, discussion, and outcome harvesting. SpeedStorm is a unique in its approach to identifying topics, assigning roles, controlling discussion, and facilitating decisions. A SpeedStorm engagement is designed to create a safe environment for discussing controversial topics.
Abinsi's SpeedStorm engagements include pre-event design, event planning, facilitation, and outcome harvesting. Engagements typically involve 25-40 hours of effort from our consulting team. Outcomes can be significant to your organization.
- Objectives are formally described
- Questions and/or topics are structured for discussion
- Questions and/or topic discussions are facilitated
- Participant feedback is collected and compiled
- Areas of uncertainty or differing opinions are identified
- Potential solution options are identified
SpeedStorm can be used in conjunction with other data gathering activities including surveying and focus groups. SpeedStorm is a tried and proven process that generates results.