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The skilled facilitator a comprehensive resource f the best book on group facilitation

  1. 1. The Skilled Facilitator: A Comprehensive Resource for Consultants, Facilitators, Managers, Trainers, and Coaches by Roger Schwarz Very Insightful And UsefulWhen it was published in 1994, Roger Schwarzs The Skilled Facilitatorearned widespread critical acclaim and became a landmark in the field.The book is a classic work for consultants, facilitators, managers, leaders,trainers, and coaches--anyone whose role is to guide groups towardrealizing their creative and problem-solving potential. This thoroughlyrevised edition provides the essential materials for facilitators and includessimple but effective ground rules for group interaction. Filled withillustrative examples, the book contains proven techniques for startingmeetings on the right foot and ending them positively and decisively. Thisimportant resource also offers practical methods for handling emotions
  2. 2. when they arise in a group and offers a diagnostic approach for identifyingand solving problems that can undermine the group process.Personal Review: The Skilled Facilitator: A ComprehensiveResource for Consultants, Facilitators, Managers, Trainers, andCoaches by Roger SchwarzThe skilled facilitator introduces a facilitation approach that is based on 4core values: Valid information, Free and informed choice, internalcommitment and compassion. Most of the work on the values are basedon the work of Chris Argyris and his work on Organizational Learning.One of the key-points in the book is that most people work with a unilateralcontrol theory-in-use. This will automatically make their facilitation in-efficient eventhough they do not realize it. The skilled facilitator approachis to try to move away from this theory-in-use and move to a "mutuallearning" theory-in-use in which the facilitator tries to maximize the learningfor him and his participants. The four core values provide a basis for that.Next to the core values there are 9 ground rules which are concreteenough to really act upon.Most of the book explains the ideas behind the core values and the groundrules and shows how the ground rules influence your facilitation. This isdone with scenarios in which the author shows a normal approach and askilled facilitator alternative approach.The book ends with a wonderful chapter on "the facilitative leader", whichshows how you can combine the skilled facilitator values and ground rulesand your role as a leader within the organization. This chapter alone wouldhave been worth the book already.I finished the book fairly quick. Its easy to read and kept me interested atall times. It also kept me thinking about the content when I was not readingit. Changing a theory-in-use is a difficult thing, but thanks to this book, Ivebecome more aware of my own approach to facilitation and have the abilityto improve it. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: The Skilled Facilitator: A Comprehensive Resource for Consultants, Facilitators, Managers, Trainers, and Coaches by Roger Schwarz 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!

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