What are our top-ranked facilitation articles? We went heavy on facilitation tips in 2023. Most of our top posts (at least how we measure them) came from previous years. This indicates the quality of the previous posts but also the facilitation market looking for total solutions rather than one-off tips. Do they think this represents a market trend for 2024? Let us know what you think.
The Sources of the Facilitation Articles
The ten facilitation articles we posted this year are based on the most interesting people and topics we encountered in our travels. For the most part, travels include the consulting assignments of JD Solomon Solutions. In some cases, the source of the article is related to the follow-up conversations from a workshop or webinar.
No Particular Order or Predetermined List
JD Solomon Solutions is a lean, niche company. That means most of the content creation for the website falls on me and not our team. Time is precious, so everything comes from the wild. The golden rule is, “See it, write about it, and post it.” That makes looking back on the previous year's content just as informative as the articles themselves.
13 Timely Insights on Facilitation from 2023 describe the types of articles and range of topics we touched on over the past year.
Our Definition of Facilitation
JD Solomon Solutions brands itself in asset management (including reliability, risk, and operational resilience), program development, and facilitation. Our facilitation services range from higher-level strategic plans and board retreats to technical projects like root cause analysis, failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA), and criticality analysis.
Facilitation is about guiding a group to solutions that are created, understood, and accepted by all. It is a structured form of collaboration. Visit the Facilitation webpage for more information.
Visit our facilitation services webpage for more information.
How We Ranked Them
The top articles were ranked by a weight-of-evidence approach using the following parameters:
Social media views
Social media likes
Comments, including social media, email, and conversations
Requests for additional information, proposals, contracts
The Top 4 Facilitation Articles of 2023
The Best of the Rest
Facilitation, Soft and Hard (from 2022)
The Topics (and Biases) of the 2023 Articles
The inspiration from the people and projects we encountered generated articles on the following topics:
Strategic Plans and Board Retreats (3)
Actionable Implementation/Dashboards (2)
Facilitator Characteristics and Career Development (2)
Specific Tips (5)
We went heavy in 2023 on specific tips like "how to build an agenda" and "why facilitators fail to onboard new members.” The specific tips faired well on social media but missed the weight-of-evidence criteria, including follow-up conversations and generating new business.
However, in 2022, we caught some lighting in a bottle. It inspired me to write a book about facilitation in 2023. Some articles that inspired the book continue to dominate our insights page over a year later.
Where Does Facilitation Rank Overall?
Top-rated facilitation articles comprised 20% of the top 20 articles in the past year and 20% of the top 40. Facilitation as a service line makes up approximately 25% of our revenue.
Looking to 2024
We went heavy on facilitation tips in 2023. Most of our top posts (at least how we measure them) came from previous years. This indicates the quality of the previous posts but also the facilitation market looking for total solutions rather than one-off tips. Do they think this represents a market trend for 2024? Let us know what you think.
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