Lee Button is a freelance facilitator and Senior Partner at
Lee tells us how he first came across facilitation, when he was
part of a session run by someone who was leading a group process,
enabling those present to create the content, and how that led to
Lee taking his first steps in developing himself as a
Having some "stamp of approval" was important for Lee, so he
describes how he went about his training, starting with The
Patterson Centre in Chicago.
On his return to the UK, Lee thought, "There must be others doing
this here..." and he found the IAF.
It's the joy of seeing others come alive to their own knowledge and
solutions, even though he doesn't understand the context and
content of what they're discussing, that drove Lee to pursue a
career in facilitation.
Lee explains how he sees where he sees the value of accreditation
and how he sought the group where he could be part of the
conversation and learn from his peers - guess what, his journey
drove him to Martin Gilbraith, who led him to the IAF England Wales
Meetups and network.
Lee talks in detail about the certification process to become a
Certified Professional Facilitator with IAF - and how the process
continues to help him to develop.
(For more on this process visit https://www.iaf-world.org/site/professional/cpf
is the company that Lee
co-founded, in order to give as much value as possible to his
clients, with his collaborators. They've taken a unified approach
to their development and training, and formalise their facilitation
On their website, WeAreBPG states that "We work with individuals
and organisations who are seeking to create positive social value,
those who hope to put back more than they take out." Lee explains
what they look for in a client and what kind of clients they work
with. He also mentions the Thinking Church podcast through which
they help a wider pool, and their plans for launching a WeAreBPG
Connect with Lee over at Twitter @LeeButton
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