Advanced Facilitation Strategies

Tools and Techniques to Master Difficult Situations
Author: Ingrid Bens
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118046760
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 272
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From Ingrid Bens, the author of the best-selling book Facilitating with Ease!, comes the next-step resource for project leaders, managers, community leaders, teachers, and other facilitators who want to hone their skills in order to deal with complex situations. Advanced Facilitation Strategies is a field guide that offers practical strategies and techniques for working with challenging everyday situations. These proven strategies and techniques are based on experience gleaned from hundreds of facilitated activities in organizations of all sizes and in all sectors. Both novice and seasoned facilitators who have had firsthand experience designing and leading meetings will benefit from this reality-based playbook. Advanced Facilitation Strategies is filled with the information facilitators need to Become better at diagnosing facilitation assignments and creating effective process designs Broaden their repertoire of tools to make impromptu design changes whenever they are needed Learn to be more resilient and confident when dealing with dysfunctional situations and difficult people.

Facilitating with Ease! Core Skills for Facilitators, Team Leaders and Members, Managers, Consultants, and Trainers


Author: Ingrid Bens
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 111818114X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 256
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Since the publication of the first edition of Facilitating with Ease! in 2000, this bestselling book has become the "go-to" reference for anyone who wants to become skilled in the art of facilitation. This thoroughly revised and updated third edition includes easy-to-follow instructions, techniques, and hands-on tools. Facilitating with Ease! offers the basics on running productive meetings with confidence and includes the information needed to train others to become skilled facilitators as well. Filled with dozens of exercises, surveys, and checklists that can be used to transform anyone into an effective facilitator, this revised editioncovers new topics such as: Why and when leaders should facilitate and how to manage neutrality Diversity, globalization, new technologies, and employee engagement When leaders should facilitate and when others should do it Sharing facilitation with others This new edition also includes meeting design template, surveys, and questionnaires Praise for Facilitating with Ease! "Facilitating With Ease! provides clear and effective guidelines for group facilitation. In China we are using this book to help organizations develop facilitative leaders who can successfully invoke the spirit of cooperation and team synergy." ?Ren Wei, professional facilitator, X'ian, China "Facilitating With Ease! helps beginners as well as experienced facilitators find their way among different aspects of facilitation. Easy to understand, this book provides insight into the principles of facilitation and examples of practical applications for concrete situations." ?Sieglinde Hinger, Siemens Corporation, Austria "Facilitating with Ease! is the fundamental read if you want to be an effective facilitator. We refer to it all the time and consider it a core competency for our consultants." ?Ian Madell, managing director, LEVEL5 Branded Business Advisors, Toronto, Canada "If you're only going to buy one book on facilitation, this is the one to buy! That's what we tell the managers, consultants and facilitators who attend our facilitation training programs. It's a gold mine of ideas, resources and practical tools." ?Ronnie McEwan, director, Kinharvie Institute, Glasgow, Scotland "I have been using Ingrid's materials for many years and find her books to be far above everything else out there. This latest revision builds on what was already great and will surely increase the effectiveness of any practitioner." ?Mark Vilbert, program leader, Boeing Leadership Center

Facilitating to Lead!

Leadership Strategies for a Networked World
Author: Ingrid Bens
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780787986445
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 176
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Of all the skill sets that support the shift from a traditional management role to a more collaborative approach, none is more relevant than that of the role of the facilitator. The beliefs, behaviors, and practices of facilitation are precisely what all leaders need to acquire and put into action. In Facilitating to Lead! renowned facilitation expert Ingrid Bens applies her proven concepts of facilitation to the leadership role and demonstrates that facilitation is an effective work style, not merely a meeting technique. Throughout the book, Bens outlines the organizational and personal benefits of facilitative leadership and includes useful checklists to help leaders determine the situations when facilitative leadership is most appropriate to apply. Because empowerment is a core issue in the implementation of facilitative leadership, the book presents a four-level model that reframes empowerment from a vague concept to a concrete structuring tool.

The Executive Guide to Facilitating Strategy

Featuring the Drivers Model
Author: Michael Wilkinson
Publisher: Leadership Strategieds Publishing
ISBN: 9780972245814
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 284
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"The Executive Guide to Facilitating Strategy" provides executives, leaders, and facilitators with a step-by-step resource for guiding their team through all phases of the strategic planning process from gaining the team's buy-in to do planning and identify strategic issues, all the way through organization alignment, implementation, monitoring, and making adjustments.

The Secrets of Facilitation

The SMART Guide to Getting Results with Groups
Author: Michael Wilkinson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118233301
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 496
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The revised edition of this facilitation classic offers a wealth of targeted techniques for facilitators who seek effective, consistent, and repeatable results. Based on Michael Wilkinson's proven SMART (Structured Meeting And Relating Techniques) approach, The Secrets of Facilitation can help to achieve stellar results when managing, presenting, teaching, planning, and selling, as well as other professional and personal situations. This expanded edition includes new chapters on facilitating virtual meetings, cross-cultural teams, and large groups and conferences. It also provides a series of strategies for engaging teams, additional information about making meetings more productive, and further guidance on preventing dysfunctional behavior. In addition, the book contains a wealth of fresh case studies and an ancillary website with must-have tools and techniques for both the beginner and the seasoned facilitator. Praise for the First Edition of The Secrets of Facilitation "One of the single most powerful processes is the ability to successfully lead a group to an impactful, actionable outcome. In The Secrets of Facilitation, beginning and experienced facilitators alike will find tools to take their results to the next level." —Jim Canfield, chief learning officer, TEC International "This book shares 'The Secrets' that have been the basis of my facilitation practice for over a decade." —Kerri McBride, past chair, International Association of Facilitators "In my career, I've seen many, many facilitators. Michael Wilkinson is the best. 'The Secrets' explain why." —Len Roberts, CEO, RadioShack "We have trained over 100 leaders and business analysts in 'The Secrets.' Great facilitation works." —Peter Scott, executive general manager, MLC–National Australia Bank "At last there is a practical, hands-on guide for anyone who works with groups or teams. This book delivers!" —Ann Herrmann-Nehdi, CEO, Herrmann International, Herrmann Brain Dominance Indicator

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Strategies for Facilitating Conversations on Race
Author: Caprice Hollins,Ilsa Govan
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1475814992
Category: Education
Page: 165
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Facilitating conversations about race often involves tension, as both the facilitators and participants bring emotional experiences and their deeply held values and beliefs into the room. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Strategies for Facilitating Conversations on Race guides facilitators through a process of becoming comfortable with the discomfort in leading conversations about racism, privilege and power.

Facilitation at a Glance!

A Pocket Guide of Tools and Techniques for Effective Meeting Facilitation
Author: Ingrid Bens
Publisher: Goal Q P C Incorporated
ISBN: 9781576811047
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 181
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An updated edition of a best-selling pocket guide to developing a collaborative management process is comprised of facilitation strategies and techniques for promoting leadership at all levels of an organization, providing coverage of topics ranging from prioritizing goals and establishing responsibilities to recognizing achievements and running effective meetings.

The Facilitator's Fieldbook


Author: Thomas Justice,David W. Jamieson
Publisher: Amacom Books
ISBN: 0814420087
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 470
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Now completely updated with 150 pages of new material, this third edition of The Facilitator's Fieldbook gives facilitators, organization development professionals, and consultants both a conceptual framework for understanding the facilitation process and the step-by-step procedures, checklists, worksheets, and sample documents to get it right.

Strategic Play: The Creative Facilitator's Guide


Author: Jacqueline Lloyd Smith,Denise Meyerson
Publisher: Wordzworth Publishing
ISBN: 1783240261
Category: Education
Page: 126
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Jacqueline Lloyd Smith and Denise Meyerson collectively have over 50 years’ global experience in the design and delivery of incredible learning experiences for clients in the private and public sectors. They have partnered with top tier, medium size, and small corporate clients to produce events that rock. They are now opening their files to other facilitators, and educators—of all levels—to share tools and techniques they have personally tested and used. They are generously allowing you to benefit from their years of experience in the training, facilitation, and design space so you too are able to prepare, structure, and implement teachable moments, workshops, events, training days, learning experiences, offsites, and seminars that have a strong impact—and are memorable. Dip into this essential guide after you have been briefed by the executive team, managers, or human resource professionals and you are required to deliver a face-to-face session for anything between 1 and 100 hours. Play with these practical, user-friendly techniques to help your participants feel engaged and energized, so they will remember the key messages long after the event. Redesign and restructure the tools to suit your audience and the topic so the session remains vibrant and focused. Create experiences for any topic, whether for technical, personal, or professional development purposes. Not only do you have access to great openers and closers to activate thinking, we also provide you with a roadmap and overall layout so you have examples of how to structure your sessions.

Facilitating Online Learning

Effective Strategies for Moderators
Author: N.A
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated
ISBN: N.A
Category: Computers
Page: 216
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Instructors new to the online teaching and training environment, as well as experienced online educators, will discover the groundbreaking skills and techniques needed to be a successful online instructor. Discover how to effectively facilitate dialogue and build a community of learners as well as hurdle common roadblocks. Learn how to create a learning community where the instructor moves from center stage to a collaborative learning environment.

SPOT on Facilitation

Engaging People, Empowering Teams, Exceeding Goals
Author: Prabu Naidu,Janice Lua
Publisher: Candid Creation Publishing
ISBN: 9810709048
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 264
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SPOT on Facilitation offers much insight on the art and science of process facilitation. Centred around the easy-to-follow FNS 4D Facilitation Model, the book presents a wide array of effective tools and practices that extend its benefits to interactions between individuals or groups. Whether you are a facilitator, teacher, trainer, lecturer, coach, consultant, chairperson of a meeting, or someone tasked with the facilitation of groups, you will find this book a handy guide in helping you to engage people and empower teams to exceed desired goals. The pages of this book are filled with a wealth of knowledge including: • Useful factors to consider during facilitation – Space - Process - Outcome - Time (S.P.O.T.) • References to the Certified Master Facilitator (CMF) Competencies by The International Institute for Facilitation (INIFAC) • Real-life stories to aid in the understanding of principles and practices • Tips and pitfalls when facilitating in different situations • Theoretical underpinnings comprising references to research and scholarly reports • Application of Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) to understand the influence of motivation on behaviours for effective facilitation • Visual representation of key concepts through photos and diagrams

Facilitating to Lead!

Leadership Strategies for a Networked World
Author: Ingrid Bens
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780787986445
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 176
View: 5675

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Of all the skill sets that support the shift from a traditional management role to a more collaborative approach, none is more relevant than that of the role of the facilitator. The beliefs, behaviors, and practices of facilitation are precisely what all leaders need to acquire and put into action. In Facilitating to Lead! renowned facilitation expert Ingrid Bens applies her proven concepts of facilitation to the leadership role and demonstrates that facilitation is an effective work style, not merely a meeting technique. Throughout the book, Bens outlines the organizational and personal benefits of facilitative leadership and includes useful checklists to help leaders determine the situations when facilitative leadership is most appropriate to apply. Because empowerment is a core issue in the implementation of facilitative leadership, the book presents a four-level model that reframes empowerment from a vague concept to a concrete structuring tool.

The Art of Effective Facilitation

Reflections From Social Justice Educators
Author: Lisa M. Landreman
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 1579229794
Category: Education
Page: 292
View: 8057

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How can I apply learning and social justice theory to become a better facilitator? Should I prepare differently for workshops around specific identities? How do I effectively respond when things aren’t going as planned? This book is intended for the increasing number of faculty and student affairs administrators – at whatever their level of experience -- who are being are asked to become social justice educators to prepare students to live successfully within, and contribute to, an equitable multicultural society. It will enable facilitators to create programs that go beyond superficial discussion of the issues to fundamentally address the structural and cultural causes of inequity, and provide students with the knowledge and skills to work for a more just society. Beyond theory, design, techniques and advice on practice, the book concludes with a section on supporting student social action. The authors illuminate the art and complexity of facilitation, describe multiple approaches, and discuss the necessary and ongoing reflection process. What sets this book apart is how the authors illustrate these practices through personal narratives of challenges encountered, and by admitting to their struggles and mistakes. They emphasize the need to prepare by taking into account such considerations as the developmental readiness of the participants, and the particular issues and historical context of the campus, before designing and facilitating a social justice training or selecting specific exercises. They pay particular attention to the struggle to teach the goals of social justice education in a language that can be embraced by the general public, and to connect its structural and contextual analyses to real issues inside and outside the classroom. The book is informed by the recognition that “the magic is almost never in the exercise or the handout but, instead, is in the facilitation”; and by the authors’ commitment to help educators identify and analyze dehumanizing processes on their campuses and in society at large, reflect on their own socialization, and engage in proactive strategies to dismantle oppression.

The Active Workshop

Practical Strategies for Facilitating Professional Learning
Author: Ron Nash
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1412989019
Category: Education
Page: 152
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Today′s students learn best by doing-as do most of us. The Active Workshop is designed for educators who need to "show" rather than "tell" in creating highly interactive workshops. Packed with anecdotes, brain-compatible strategies, and checklists, the book provides practical tools for engaging participants to talk, reflect, brainstorm, and stretch beyond their comfort zones. Highlights include: - Techniques for shifting 80% of the workshop′s workload to participants - Keys to enhancing retention with storytelling and laughter - Methods for analyzing and evaluating your presentations for ongoing improvement - Tips for extending learning beyond the workshop The Active Workshop is ideal for seminar trainers, seminar facilitators, headteachers, and teacher leaders-anyone who works with primary, secondary and further education educators in a training capacity.

The Art of Facilitation

The Essentials for Leading Great Meetings and Creating Group Synergy
Author: Dale Hunter
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470467924
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 352
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Praise for the Revised Edition of The Art of Facilitation "The Art of Facilitation picks up where most other books stop. It describes a whole new array of process tools in a totally accessible way. It delves into the underlying ethics of facilitation to clarify complex questions. This book is also beautifully written. After many years in the profession, I was surprised at the subtle way it helped me gain a new understanding of a number of important facilitation dilemmas. A very insightful contribution to the field!" —Ingrid Bens, M.Ed., facilitation tutor, Sarasota, Florida, and author of Facilitating with Ease, Advanced Facilitation Strategies, and Facilitating to Lead "Few books attempt such a broad scope and enriching view of group facilitation. Hunter provides a 'philosophy' of group facilitation, mixed with 'how to.' This is an impressive book, integrating a sincere concern for the reader's personal development." —Sandy Schuman, editor of The IAF Handbook of Group Facilitation "Dale Hunter is a giant among practitioners, one of the pioneers in the field, and The Art of Facilitation is a classic. This book distills Dale's years of experience into straightforward, practical advice. Her wisdom comes through in every chapter." —Sam Kaner, Ph.D., author of the international bestseller, Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making "In The Art of Facilitation, Dale Hunter treats readers to an exploration of the field of facilitation at the same time she presents her unique approach. Throughout the book, in simple language, Hunter offers a powerful and important message—to facilitate others effectively you must facilitate yourself. Take Hunter's advice and your clients will thank you." —Roger Schwarz, author of The Skilled Facilitator and coauthor of The Skilled Facilitator Fieldbook

The Handbook for Working with Difficult Groups

How They Are Difficult, Why They Are Difficult and What You Can Do About It
Author: Sandy Schuman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470190388
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 422
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Praise for The Handbook for Working with Difficult Groups "Beginning with a conceptual framework useful to understand effective group functioning, The Handbook for Working with Difficult Groups continues with twenty chapters, each describing a common challenge a facilitator can face, examining the research available to understand the difficulty, and then offering pragmatic interventions a facilitator can use to deal with this challenge. A must-read for any group facilitator."?David Straus, founder, Interaction Associates "If you're looking for ways to make your team more productive, you'll find golden nuggets written just for your situation in The Handbook for Working With Difficult Groups. A compendium of research and sage advice, this book offers experienced insights into how to transform seemingly dysfunctional groups and avoid obstacles before you hit them. Should be in the library of any leader or facilitator!"?Tammy Adams, CPF, president, Chaosity LLC "This fine book contains a rich diversity of case studies, approaches and wise counsel from leading practitioners working with groups. It will help you to understand and facilitate effectively in even the most difficult situations."?Dale Hunter, author, The Art of Facilitation: The Essentials for Leading Great Meetings and Creating Group Synergy "Whether you are a facilitator, leader, or member of a group, you will gain surprising insights into why a group is difficult, and more importantly, how to recognize the cause of the difficulty and how to develop an effective response to move the group forward."?Gary Rush, CPF, president, MGR Consulting; chair, International Association of Facilitators (IAF)

The Art of Effective Facilitation

Reflections From Social Justice Educators
Author: Lisa M. Landreman
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 1579229794
Category: Education
Page: 292
View: 7600

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How can I apply learning and social justice theory to become a better facilitator? Should I prepare differently for workshops around specific identities? How do I effectively respond when things aren’t going as planned? This book is intended for the increasing number of faculty and student affairs administrators – at whatever their level of experience -- who are being are asked to become social justice educators to prepare students to live successfully within, and contribute to, an equitable multicultural society. It will enable facilitators to create programs that go beyond superficial discussion of the issues to fundamentally address the structural and cultural causes of inequity, and provide students with the knowledge and skills to work for a more just society. Beyond theory, design, techniques and advice on practice, the book concludes with a section on supporting student social action. The authors illuminate the art and complexity of facilitation, describe multiple approaches, and discuss the necessary and ongoing reflection process. What sets this book apart is how the authors illustrate these practices through personal narratives of challenges encountered, and by admitting to their struggles and mistakes. They emphasize the need to prepare by taking into account such considerations as the developmental readiness of the participants, and the particular issues and historical context of the campus, before designing and facilitating a social justice training or selecting specific exercises. They pay particular attention to the struggle to teach the goals of social justice education in a language that can be embraced by the general public, and to connect its structural and contextual analyses to real issues inside and outside the classroom. The book is informed by the recognition that “the magic is almost never in the exercise or the handout but, instead, is in the facilitation”; and by the authors’ commitment to help educators identify and analyze dehumanizing processes on their campuses and in society at large, reflect on their own socialization, and engage in proactive strategies to dismantle oppression.

The Skilled Facilitator

A Comprehensive Resource for Consultants, Facilitators, Coaches, and Trainers
Author: Roger M. Schwarz
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119064414
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 408
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Help groups deliver results with an updated approach to facilitation and consulting The Skilled Facilitator: A Comprehensive Resource for Consultants, Facilitators, Trainers, and Coaches, Third Edition is a fundamental resource for consultants, facilitators, coaches, trainers, and anyone who helps groups realize their creative and problem-solving potential. This new edition includes updated content based on the latest research and revised models of group effectiveness and mutual learning. Roger M. Schwarz shows how to use the Skilled Facilitator approach to: boost improvement processes such as Six Sigma and Lean, create a psychologically safe learning environment for training, and help coaches work with teams and individuals in real-time. This edition features a new chapter that explains how to facilitate virtual teams using conferencing technology. Facilitation skills are essential in many kinds of work, and if you are looking to bring your skills up to date it is critical that you rely on trusted information like the knowledge offered in this go-to reference. Develop the facilitative mentality and skills that enable you to help groups get better results, even in the most challenging situations Help groups achieve greater performances, stronger working relationships, and higher levels of individual well-being Quickly develop productive and trusting work relationships with the groups you help Establish the functions of your facilitative role Implement a research-based, systematic approach to diagnose and intervene in groups and improve their performance and results The Skilled Facilitator is a practical resource for corporate, government, non-profit, and educational practitioners, as well as graduate students in group-focused programs. This edition contains up-to-date material, based on recent studies, to help facilitators move beyond arbitrary tactics to utilize cutting edge, research-based strategies that improve group processes, relationships, mindsets, and outcomes.

Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making


Author: Sam Kaner
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118421957
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 432
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Unleash the transformative power of face to face groups The third edition of this ground-breaking book continues to advance its mission to support groups to do their best thinking. It demonstrates that meetings can be much more than merely an occasion for solving a problem or creating a plan. Every well-facilitated meeting is also an opportunity to stretch and develop the perspectives of the individual members, thereby building the strength and capacity of the group as a whole. This fully updated edition of The Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making guides readers through the struggle and the satisfaction of putting participatory values into practice, helping them to fulfill the promise of effective group decision-making. With previous editions already embraced by business and community leaders and consulting professionals around the world, this new book is even more insightful and easy to use. New for this edition: 60 pages of brand new skills and tools Many new case examples Major expansion and reorganization of the advanced sections of the book. New chapter: Teaching A Group About Group Dynamics Doubled in size: Classic Facilitator Challenges. Substantially improved: Designing Realistic Agendas – now three chapters, with wise, insightful answers to the most vexing questions about meeting design.