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|From the Publisher:
Hello MFJ Readers. Sometimes
facilitators are called upon to educate group members on how
to be more effective as a participant. This week's article
explores perspectives on creating stronger and more flexible
groups by increasing the awareness of individuals within them.
At the end of the article, we announce the
next scheduled "Random Acts of Facilitation" Teleclass
with a discount to MFJ readers. See details, schedule, and
testimonials at the bottom of this issue.
If you or your colleagues are interested in submitting an
article for consideration, please email
your ideas. I'd love to hear from you.
Be in the Group
But Not of it
individuals understand how to be more effective group members.
social creatures, most of us need to feel part of something.
We may be attracted to a particular group for a number of
reasons. We may believe strongly in it's cause, enjoy the
activity or adventure with which it's engaged, or we may simply
enjoy the safety and validation we feel as a member. Let's
face it, it's comfortable, easy, and even fun to be with a
group that shares your interests, that understands you, and
whom you understand as well. You can laugh together, cry together,
commiserate over life's many challenges, and celebrate mutual
The attributes of group membership are clear. But what about
the down side? Have you ever been in a group where you were
in a minority and you felt that you didn't quite belong? This
could have manifested as either a minority idea, opinion,
point of view, or ethnicity. You could have had this experience
within a family group, a company, a community organization,
a church, or even within your very own country. Though you
may have felt for some time that you didn't quite fit in,
you chose to stay with the group anyway. Perhaps because you
believed in the group's larger vision, or you deeply cared
for others in the group, or the price of leaving was just
So how does one reap the benefits of being in a group without
being corrupted by it? That is, how does one benefit from
the fellowship, support, and validation a group offers, and
still enjoy the freedom of showing up as an individual with
viewpoints that are sometimes at odds with those of the group?
After all, diversity of opinions, ideas, and perspectives
are what allows a group to evolve in a way that continues
to serve the evolving needs of its members. How can one be
in a group but not of it? How can one use their divergent
opinions and points of view to fuel the group's growth, even
when growth may mean its dissolution?
does one become an enlightened group follower/leader? Here
are some suggestions for using your group experience as an
opportunity for personal growth.
you feel compelled to express a minority viewpoint, explore
your motivation for doing so. Is it to help the group
to grow, to see a relevant and larger perspective? Or
are you needing to express something that can be handled
outside the group?
is often a signpost of a greater truth. Practice holding
paradox by embracing apparent contradictions and differences
within your group. This practice expands your heart
and mind and allows more inclusive patterns to emerge.
tolerating the disapproval of others. As Abraham Maslow
said, one sign of a self-actualized person is their ability
to not require the good opinion of others.
yourself how this group is meeting your needs. Find other
healthy ways to get these needs met with your ultimate
goal of not needing the group at all. Group members who
don't feel they need to be part of the group are among
its most valuable members.
inclusiveness. Know that what you say, how you say it,
and your attitude toward others will impact the group
either positively or negatively. Learn to express your
differences with a note of compassion and acceptance of
those with whom you disagree.
you're able to rise above group polarity, notice how you
use this perspective. Are you using it to escape, or are
you sharing you ascendant point of view to help others
see more clearly
|This week, review how you show
up in the groups you are a part of. What actions can you take
to be a more powerful force for its and your own transformation?
I'd love to hear you're perspectives on this. Please email
them to me.
Skill Related Resource
Accuracy: Toward Appreciating Group Differences
by Yueh-Ting Lee, Lee J. Jussim, Clark R. McCauley
Looks at stereotyping empirically and challenges the conventional
thinking that stereotypes are always inaccurate and exaggerated.
Essays on theoretical, conceptual, methodological, and empirical
issues examine the cognitive and attitudinal processes that
underlie stereotyping, and present research on stereotype
accuracy. Topics include stereotype accuracy in multicultural
business, and teacher expectations based on students' gender,
social class, and ethnicity. Includes a section of opposing
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Random Acts of Facilitation, 5-Day Teleclass
This class will meet for five consecutive weekdays April
21-25, 2003 to cover 25+ facilitative actions you can
take to empower and move groups forward. This course
is for beginning facilitators or group members that
simply want to know more about facilitation so that
they can make the groups they are a part of more effective.
the 5-Day Format/Training works...
1. You dial into your class every day for 5 days (Mon-Fri)
for a 30-minute focused training segment using a conferencing
2. You work a 25-point checklist during the 5 days (about
an hour a day of study and field work) which you complete
by Friday afternoon, or sooner if you wish.
3. During the week, you may access the instructor via
email for help or situational questions.
Random Acts of Facilitation Training Agenda...
Here's what you'll be learning and doing during the
Introduction to the Facilitation
and Self Facilitation Skills.
1. Create the Ambience.
2. Share the Dream.
3. Get Facilitation
5. Me First.
Relating with compassion
6. Be Ignorant.
7. Make Smiles Happen.
8. Hold 'em High.
9. Acknowledge the Elephant.
10. Turn on Your Crap-Detector.
Dynamics and Facilitation
11. Build the Container.
12. Build trust.
13. Mine the Unexpected.
14. Evolve Your Team.
15. Honor the Process.
16. Facilitate Full Participation
and Presenting yourself confidently, professionally,
17. Prepare for Success.
18. Get Real.
19. Make Experiences, Not Speeches
20. Watch the Body Talk.
21. Be your message
Intervening to shift group
22. Tame the Tormentors.
24. Use the Struggle.
25. Break through barriers.
26. Facilitate from Within.
27. Embrace Facilitation as a Master's Path
to you of participating from the 5-Day Random Acts of
1. Get a great introduction to the concept and practice
of facilitation skills if you are contemplating becoming
a facilitator, team leader, board member, manager, mediator,
2. Never waste another minute in an ineffective meeting
3. Learn how to challenge and empower every group you
come in contact with.
4. Learn skills to help groups make quantum leaps in
5. Be a catalyst for positive change in your community.
with your training...
In addition to the 5-Day training described above, you
1. Free access to the participant-only website (lots
of resources, forms, etc.).
2. Free access to the RealAudio version of the 5-Day
3. Free copy of the Portable Article Bank ($29 value).
The full cost of training/access is only $79 for MFJ
readers ($89 for the general public) including a free
copy of the Portable Article Bank ($29 value). Everything
you read about above is included. And, we offer a 100%-satisfaction-guaranteed
here and you'll be taken to the teleclass
registration page. Register there and you'll see your
discount computed and applied as you check out. Immediately
upon completion of your registration, you will receive
an email with instructions to access the course and
free article bank.
This course is limited to 20 individuals, first come,
the satisfaction guarantee
If, for any reason, you are not satisfied with this
package, simply email us with a request to refund/credit
your credit card in the full amount and we will do so
immediately. It's our policy to do this and we honor
this in every single case. (Why? Because we are sensitive
to the fact that you are buying an e-course/product
from us and we feel that if this package isn't EXACTLY
what you expected or wanted, that you should be able
to get 100% of your money back. This policy completely
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