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Core Values of the Integral Facilitator

If you’ve been reading my material for very long, you’re probably aware that I view Self-Awareness as foundational to effective group leadership. As I review the primary drivers for facilitators—their core values—I’ve been exploring some kind of framework upon which these values might arise. To do this, I begin with the basic premise that were […]


Dialogical Listening and Group Development

If we take a thoughtful look under the surface of affairs today at the global, regional, even personal scale, we see that what we once viewed as isolated problems with black and white solutions are actually interconnected webs of cause and effect. We’re beginning to see that old problems are more complex than we thought, […]


Using Quaker Dialogue

You are facilitating a group of twelve stakeholders working to build an agreement about a long-term conservation plan. The group is made up of local elected officials, land owners, and members of local land trusts as well as professional conservationists. Your experience is that some people talk easily and often, while others rarely speak. What participation tool can I use to […]


Facilitate Yourself First

I believe that the most important person you need to facilitate to be the most effective is…yourself. Self-Facilitation is a necessary skill requiring you to practice conscious and mindful action in each and every moment, which is made all the more challenging in the presence of a dynamic, sometimes dysfunctional group, expecting you to lead them! A lot […]


Find a Mirror

I was once invited to deliver a half-day basic facilitation workshop for a group of program managers within a large corporation. My sponsor, also the group leader, was a big fan of facilitation and his primary goal for the session was to increase his team’s interest in the subject. To tailor the training, I had […]


Groups Are Annoying

I find it ironic sometimes that while I strongly believe in the importance of facilitation and very much enjoy doing it, there are certain elements of being a member of a group that I dislike. In fact, I’m anything but a joiner. I tend to move away from any long term involvement with groups. Why […]