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The Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0007 | June 26, 2001
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Self-Mastery Skill

See the Facade 
Clean your own house so that you can see the dust in another's. 



The Point?

The more honest we are about our own lives and the fewer delusions we harbor about ourselves, the more clearly we can see the delusions and inconsistencies of others. Further, as facilitators, to the degree we are honest about our own truth, the more powerful our invitation for them to be honest.




I had been teaching (at times it may have looked like preaching) about the power of good listening in the roles of leaders, teachers, and managers, when one day I realized that there were times when I didn't really take the time to listen carefully to those I worked with most closely. When I got real busy and under pressure, a time when good listening might be more important than ever, I was actually a poor listener. When I finally saw this and got honest about it, I was better able to empathize with others and I was better able to uncover others' illusions about their own abilities to listen. When I see my own delusions, it's less likely that someone will be able to delude me about theirs.

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Take the time today to ask three people close to you what they see in you or in your behavior that may be holding you back, or if changed could improve your life. Let them know that you want to move forward in your life and that you know that truly honest feedback would serve you right now. Trust that your close friends and associates do in fact know the answer to this question. Be sure to thank them for their candor and support. I'm interested in hearing what happened. Please email me your thoughts, stories, and experiences.



Skill Related Resource
Illustrated Facilitation Model
Please click here to check out our illustrated Master Facilitation Model based on the six Master Facilitator competencies
1) Self-Mastery Skills: How you facilitate yourself.
Presence And Presenting Skills: How you show up.
Relating Skills: How you facilitate others.
Group Awareness, Management, and Exploration (GAME) Skills: How you facilitate a team.
Intervention Skills: How you shift a group.
Logistic Skills: How you facilitate your environment.
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About the Author: 
Steve Davis is a Business and Life Coach facilitating others to stretch beyond their full potential in their business and personal lives. Please email your stories, comments, suggestions, and ideas. I'd love to hear from you. If you find this newsletter helpful, please forward it to your friends. Thanks for reading! 



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