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Businesses, charities, boards, committees and senior management teams are frequently faced with situations where they would benefit from the involvement of an independent and impartial third party to facilitate progress. Whether it’s because of stalemate in reaching a consensus or simply because the appointed Chair needs to play an active role in the debate, a neutral chair is invaluable in enabling discussions, problem-solving, building relationships within the team and managing difficulties or conflict.

Using essential mediation skills a neutral chair will reduce the risk of conflict becoming destructive and can provide a moderating influence where factional positions have developed. the better way service offers a means of facilitating communication in a wide range of circumstances that require both a sensitive and a pragmatic approach.

We offer a tailored service, focussed on the specific needs of the organisation or team, but typically the work includes some of the following:

  • Assisting members of a board or committee to agree a way forward where there are strongly differing views;
  • Facilitating a means of reaching a decision using methods that allow voices to be heard and consensus to be achieved;
  • Enabling future-focussed discussion;
  • Facilitating strategic planning

Models may vary but the aim and the value of the neutral chair is always to help those involved to find a solution.