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What roles do you play in interaction with others? Facilitator? Leader?  What is the difference?  
Out in Front
 is a program, an approach, a set of learning experiences, to recognise and celebrate these key statements:
  • Effective leaders are facilitators; effective facilitators are leaders 
  • Being an effective leader and facilitator is not just about doing or having 
  • You can be a leader and facilitator without having an official title or assigned authority 
  • You can be a leader without sitting in the big chair at the head of the table or in the big office  
  • You can be a facilitator without standing up in the front of the room  
'Out in Front
This reference to being 'out in front' is not about your geographic position in a room or an event, or about your relative financial or hierarchical status, or about who has the most
experience, knowledge and skills.  
It is much more about your character, and your standing, with others and with yourself.  

'The Facilitative Leader'

In our way of thinking, your effectiveness does not come from competing, and being 'out in front' of others.  
It comes from connecting, and being 'out in front' with others.

It comes from
a character of authenticity, integrity, respect and trust.
It comes from what this character means:
  • for meaningful connections and effective communication with others
  • for the influence you have with others, and that you invite others to have with you
  • for the learning you offer others, and the learning you earn from others 
  • for the contribution you make with and for others, your positive and enduring legacy
 This is how leadership performance looks when people really matter to us.

'The Way'
We offer no set prescriptions, trite answers, or dogma.
Our program is focused on helping you to find your singular path.

We offer you access to skill sets, practical understandings and support along your path.
So 'The Way' is really Your Own Way. 
And what you find along the path, and at the end of it, is
what only you could have made.
This is how the leadership journey looks when we are true to ourselves.

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A new way of being
and doing, for a new level of personal and professional effectiveness

Out in Front offers diverse ways for you to engage with the complementary skills development and personal development required to embrace a new way of being and working...every day.


Practical Skill Sets and Understandings  
Our value: We don't just download content; you need to experience meaning 
Relating, Influencing
and Negotiating

From simple to
complex situations
From personal
to organisational
For meaningful connections,
expanded possibilities and
enduring relationships


Facilitating and Leading
in Groups

From one-on-one
to large groups
From small teams
to whole organisations
For bringing out the best
in people through
dynamic human interaction 

Finding Your Voice,
Hearing Others

Having your say, being heard
Really hearing others
Giving and receiving multidirectional feedback
For effective and persuasive presentation
and respectful relationships

  Embracing Diversity,
Uncertainty and Change

Calling on difference
for strength and value
Working with change from
personal to societal levels
For principled leadership
and performance
in a complex world

Staying on Track

Knowing and showing
where you are headed,
how well you are doing,
what difference you make
For improved performance
and accountability     



Bringing The Real You
to All You Do

Accessing and harnessing
your multidimensional self,
your values and passions
Walking the talk
For personal activation, effectiveness,
integrity and authenticity


 Learning to Learn
Building culture and capacity through social learning
Cultivating communities of practice and interest
For enhanced group energy, responsiveness
and evolution 

Breaking New Ground

Connecting with
your inspirational edge
Failing forward
Unblocking performance
For serious creativity
and innovation


Adapting, Surviving
and Thriving

Accessing and harnessing
your inner resources
Being on the front foot
(for the long haul)
and resilience
through testing times

Being a Facilitative Leader 

The 'Being' dimension of
Facilitative Leadership
Being comprehensive, affirmative, ethical, courageous

For personal effectiveness,  integrity and authenticity at the
cutting edge of change

Wholehearted Engagement
Our value: 
We don't just set out a path for you; we help you to accept responsibility for shaping your own journey
Training Programs

All proficiency levels
Format and detailed content
customised to client needs

Coaching & Mentoring;
Executive Development 

Personal or team
Timing and duration
to suit client needs 


Development journeys
based on
learning contracts and
agreed support relationships

Authentic Leadership
Our value:  We back up what we say with
consistency and integrity 
  • Sound Knowledge Base - products and services based in high level understanding and practical  experience of leadership, management and performance development  
  • Practical Skills and Experience - trainers, coaches and mentors backed by solid experience as facilitators and adult educators, in cross-sectoral and cross-cultural contexts  

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Download a brochure on this program pdf pdf
See also
Training in facilitation, communication, leadership, influencing and negotiating offered by Mark Butz of Futures by Design and Learnscapes.  
Clients of our training are eligible to receive discounts on facilitation services from Futures by Design

Some of the practical skill sets have at their core
Modules of the Technology of Participation™ (ToP™) Facilitative Leadership Program.  
<>Completion of the Facilitative Leadership Program is a requirement for being assessed as a Certified ToP Facilitator


See Testimonials on Practice for participant feedback on the content and resources, and on the leaders 
* in association with others   




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Last update 6 August 2021