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The Facilitator's Fieldbook

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Thomas Justice & David W. Jamieson

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

Dale Hunter, Anne Bailey, Bill Taylor 

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.

Zen of Groups

A Handbook for People Meeting With A Purpose
Dale Hunter, Anne Bailey, Bill Taylor

A must-have book to 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.

The Skilled Facilitator

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Practical Wisdom for Developing Effective Groups
Rodger M. Schwarz

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.

Facilitating With Ease

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A Step-By-Step Guidebook with Customizable Worksheets on CD-ROM
Ingrid Bens

Based on Bens' twenty years 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

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Helping Groups Make Decisions
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.

Masterful Facilitation

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Becoming a catalyst for Meaningful Change
A. Glenn Kiser

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.

Facilitation Skills for Team Leaders

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Donald, Ph.D. Hackett, Charles L., Ph.D. Martin (Editor), Brenda Machoski (Editor)

Describes concepts of facilitating meetings and offers a six-step plan to improve the process.  A wonderful book for a person whose new to facilitating teams. The writing is in language that's very easy to understand, and the concepts are presented clearly. The book takes the reader on a step by step progression of the processes and tools required to help meetings be productive and efficient.

Facilitation Skills

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The Astd Trainer's Sourcebook (Astd Trainer's Sourcebook Series)
Dennis C. Kinlaw, Richard L. Roe (Editor)

Create a powerhouse facilitation skills program--effortlessly! Get all the ready-made, customizable materials and plans you need to create a blockbuster facilitation training program in Facilitation: The ASTD Trainer's Sourcebook, by Dennis C. Kinlaw. This off-the-shelf training tool packs dozens of reproducible workshop materials, ice-breaking games, engaging group activities and role plays, ready-to-use questionnaires, overhead masters and handouts--everything you need to develop and conduct instant one-- and two-day, half-day, even one-hour facilitation programs. You also get scores of visual aids and learning activities, assessment and rational tools, background explanations, and more.


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From Discussion to Decision
Anita Louise Zimmerman, Carol J. Evans

This unique book is the first of its kind to comprehensively map facilitation -- its theory and its applications. Written by seasoned facilitators, the chapters are filled with practical experiences and step-by-step guidelines. The book's goal is to provide facilitators, those who hire them, and those who become participants, with the skills and understanding necessary for maximum effectiveness. There is no other book on the market that comparatively analyzes Training, Consulting and Facilitating. It is invaluable to anyone involved in participative management, self-directed work teams, negotiations, or Total Quality Management. As a reviewer states, "This book is the most complete, packaged book on 'Facilitation' that is available. 

Previously Recommended Books Archived

Radical Honesty: How to Transform Your Life by Telling the Truth by Brad Blanton

Fifty Ways to Teach Your Learner: Activities and Interventions for Building High Performance Teams by Ed Rose

The Power of Empathy: A Practical Guide to Creating Intimacy, Self-Understanding and Lasting Love

The Magic of Conflict by Thomas F. Crum

Getting Things Done:
The Art of Stress Free Productivity by David Allen

What Is the Emperor Wearing: Truth-Telling in Business Relationships by Laurie Weiss

Games & Initiatives for Networking, Energizing and Team-Building by Laurie Geary

How to Get Your Point Across in 30 Seconds or Less
by Milo O. Frank

Smart Choices:
A Practical Guide to Making Better Decisions by John S. Hammond, Ralph L. Keeney, Howard Raiffa

Great Meetings! How to Facilitate Like A Pro by Dee Kelsey, Pam Plumb, Kippy Rudy

Wherever You Go, There You Are:
Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Team Workout: A Trainer's Sourcebook of 50 Team-Building Games and Activities by Richard P. Kropp, Glenn M. Parker

How You Do Anything is How You Do Everything: A Workbook by Cheri Huber

The Different Drum by M. Scott Peck

The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook by Peter Senge

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