What is facilitation? Ironically, it’s a difficult word that means “to make easy.” When applied to businesses and organizations, facilitation means helping people work together in groups and teams to achieve their goals. Comprehensive in scope, yet extremely practical and to the point, The Fieldbook is perfect for both novice and experienced facilitators. Those new to the art of facilitation will find clear guidance on basic how-to information. More experienced facilitators will discover advanced methods for use in more challenging facilitation situations and simple models for facilitating both large and small groups.
The Art of Facilitation provides a superb training resource for facilitators and enables group members to understand facilitation and to take on this role themselves. It also provides access to the source of group empowerment and shows how to create group synergy. Divided into four major components, this book will give you the insight, tools and resources you need to help your group work easily and more effectively together.
A Handbook for People Meeting With A Purpose will help you become a more effective group member and stimulate your meetings with energy needed for achieving your goals. You’ll learn the skills for participating in groups as an individual member, make groups as a whole more effective, and make group meetings more enjoyable through tapping the synergy available in groups.
Roger Schwarz draws on his own extensive facilitation experience and insight to bring together theory and practice, creating a comprehensive reference for consultants, peer facilitators, mangers, leaders — anyone whose role is to guide groups toward realization their creative and problem-solving potential. The Skilled Facilitator provides essential materials including simple but effective ground rules for governing group interaction; what to say to a group (and when to say it) to keep it on track and moving toward its goal, proven techniques for starting meetings on the right (and ending them positively and decisively) practical methods for handling emotions (particularly negative emotions) when they arise in a group context, and a diagnostic approach for helping both facilitators and group members identify and solve problems that can undermine the group process.
Based on Ingrid Bens’ twenty year’s experience, this workbook and CD-ROM package walks the reader through the basics of facilitating in a clear and straightforward way and provides the reader with tips and techniques, tools, surveys and meeting designs.
Facilitation Skills: Helping Groups Make Decisions
by Gregory B. Putz
A comprehensive guidebook outlining the six steps to group decision making. The book includes practical advice on setting up the meeting room, use of flipcharts, building consensus, and handling conflict. Important information on do’s and don’ts and frequently asked questions are included in the text. Special emphasis is placed on the neutral role of the facilitator.
Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making,
Sam Kaner, Lenny Lind, Catherine Toldi, Sarah Fisk, Duane Berger
Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making provides trainers
and facilitators with skills beyond basic facilitation skills training. If you are
knowledgeable of how facilitation differs from leading and managing, then this is the next book for you. Of particular use is the model of how participatory decision making occurs. Understanding this model and sharing it with teams (and management) that you facilitate will take the guess work out of team decision making.
Whether helping an executive team complete a strategic plan, guiding a group through a team-building exercise, or assisting individuals to resolve conflicts, facilitation is one of today’s more important skills. Using the three key concepts in this book, anyone interested in the fine “art” of facilitation will be able to help group members articulate their purpose, determine desired results, and choose and apply the most efficient level of intervention to achieve organizational objectives.