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Facilitator Styles


Does any one know of a resource that helps you idenitfy your facilitator style? I want to stretch a group of action learning set facilitators to reflect on how they facilitate. I thought a questionnaire might be useful or an exercise that gets them thinking about different styles and approaches. May be someone has adapted John Herons work into an exercise?
Thanks in anticipation of your thoughts......
Janie Wilson
Janie Wilson

4 Responses

  1. Learning styles
    Hi Jane

    I feel that whatever role we are in, our preferred learning style will be an influence in how we enable others to learn. I think the Honey & Mumford learning styles questionnaire is still one of the best resources to draw upon in gaining that insight.

    Lynn Macwhinnie

  2. Trainer Styles
    Hi Janie,

    Peter Honey has a Trainer Styles questionnaire and says your learning style is not nec the same as your training style. I know training is more behavioural than facilitating an action set, but it may be worth investigating.

    kind regards,

  3. Facilitator profile
    I think there was a questionnaire developed around Heron’s model (by Surrey University back in the 1980s) but I doubt if you will now be able to source a copy.
    Rather than the Honey & Mumford materials – which are good for other purposes – you might try the Glaser Facilitator Behavior Questionnaire. It is probably better for use in a team context than for Action Learning facilitators but it could be worth a look. You can get it from
    If you want an exercise based around one part of Heron’s model (the modes) you can do this as a series of group sculpts. Start by getting people to stand on an imaginary line(perhaps by birth date). Then ask them to stand along the line with autonomy at one end and hierarchy at the other, standing where they feel they spend most of their time. Invite comments. Then move to where on that line you fly to when things get difficult. Discuss. Then finally, stand where they would like to be with their AL group. Again, discuss.
    This needs little prep or prior knowledge (on their part) of Heron.
    Exercises around his facilitator dimemsions often needs some prior explaination due to its complexity.
    Hope that helps.


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