The Secrets of Facilitation

The Secrets of Facilitation
  • Author : Michael Wilkinson
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Pages : 496
  • Relase : 2012-08-28
  • ISBN : 9781118233306

The Secrets of Facilitation Book Review:

The revised edition of this facilitation classic offers a wealthof targeted techniques for facilitators who seek effective,consistent, and repeatable results. Based on Michael Wilkinson'sproven SMART (Structured Meeting And Relating Techniques) approach,The Secrets of Facilitation can help to achieve stellarresults when managing, presenting, teaching, planning, and selling,as well as other professional and personal situations. This expanded edition includes new chapters on facilitatingvirtual meetings, cross-cultural teams, and large groups andconferences. It also provides a series of strategies for engagingteams, additional information about making meetings moreproductive, and further guidance on preventing dysfunctionalbehavior. In addition, the book contains a wealth of fresh casestudies and an ancillary website with must-have tools andtechniques for both the beginner and the seasoned facilitator. Praise for the First Edition of The Secrets ofFacilitation "One of the single most powerful processes is the ability tosuccessfully lead a group to an impactful, actionable outcome. InThe Secrets of Facilitation, beginning and experiencedfacilitators alike will find tools to take their results to thenext level." —Jim Canfield, chief learning officer, TECInternational "This book shares 'The Secrets' that have been the basis of myfacilitation practice for over a decade." —Kerri McBride, past chair, InternationalAssociation of Facilitators "In my career, I've seen many, many facilitators. MichaelWilkinson is the best. 'The Secrets' explain why." —Len Roberts, CEO, RadioShack "We have trained over 100 leaders and business analysts in 'TheSecrets.' Great facilitation works." —Peter Scott, executive general manager,MLC–National Australia Bank "At last there is a practical, hands-on guide for anyone whoworks with groups or teams. This book delivers!" —Ann Herrmann-Nehdi, CEO, Herrmann International,Herrmann Brain Dominance Indicator

The Secrets of Facilitation

The Secrets of Facilitation
  • Author : Michael Wilkinson
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Pages : 300
  • Relase : 2004-12-03
  • ISBN : 0787977454

The Secrets of Facilitation Book Review:

The Secrets of Facilitation delivers a clear vision of facilitation excellence and reveals the specific techniques effective facilitators use to produce consistent, repeatable results with groups. Author Michael Wilkinson has trained thousands of managers, mediators, analysts, and consultants around the world to apply the power of SMART (Structured Meeting And Relating Techniques) facilitation to achieve amazing results with teams and task forces. He shows how anyone can use these proven group techniques in conflict resolution, consulting, managing, presenting, teaching, planning, selling, and other professional as well as personal situations.

The Secrets of Facilitation

The Secrets of Facilitation
  • Author : Michael Wilkinson
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Pages : 320
  • Relase : 2012-06-19
  • ISBN : 9781118429525

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The Art of Facilitation

The Art of Facilitation
  • Author : Dale Hunter
  • Publisher : Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited
  • Pages : 349
  • Relase : 2012-03-01
  • ISBN : 9781869799021

The Art of Facilitation Book Review:

World renowned facilitation, group and meetings dynamics guru explains how to run great meetings. Dr Dale Hunter's classic guide includes all the latest findings and research on facilitation. Written by an international expert, it's the go-to sourcebook for people involved in human resources, management, mediation, team leadership, performance management and individual and team coaching. If you're someone who is responsible for effective group and inter-personal dynamics, this is the Bible. "Interpersonal dynamics can unravel the best of managerial intentions. Worse still, a little knowledge in untrained hands can lead to managers manufacturing consent and manipulating people to agree to management goals. Hunter’s book is a sobering reminder of how many managers, directors and business leaders are stumbling about in the dark with very few skills when it comes to unlocking individual and group potential. ... The Art of Facilitation will sit comfortably on the bookshelf of anyone wanting to learn more about harnessing group energy to attain a common goal." Ruth le Pla, Management Magazine, May 2007

Unlocking the Magic of Facilitation

Unlocking the Magic of Facilitation
  • Author : Sam Killermann,Meg Bolger
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 142
  • Relase : 2016
  • ISBN : 0989760235

Unlocking the Magic of Facilitation Book Review:

Have you ever been in a training and marveled at how quickly the time flew by? Genuinely enjoyed a meeting you were expecting to dread? Learned something powerful about a topic you thought wouldn't engage you? Experienced an intimate, vulnerable, transformative moment with a group of total strangers?Then you've witnessed the magic of facilitation.Like all magic tricks - though they seem to defy reason when you're spectating for the first time - once the secrets of facilitation are unveiled to you, you'll look back with a bland obviousness. Of course that's how it's done. In this book, co-authors and social justice facilitators Sam Killermann and Meg Bolger teach you how to perform the favorite tricks they keep up their sleeve. It's the learning they've accumulated from thousands of hours of facilitating, debriefing, challenging, and failing; it's the lessons from their mentors, channeled through their experience; it's the magician's secrets, revealed to the public, because it's about time folks have the privilege of looking behind the curtain of facilitation and thinking of course that's how it's done. This book is highlights 11 key concepts every facilitator should know, that most facilitators don't even know they should know. They are sometimes-tiny things that show up huge in facilitation. It's a book for facilitators of all stripes, goals, backgrounds, and settings - and the digestible, enjoyable, actionable lessons would benefit anyone who is responsible for engaging a group of people in learning.

The Secrets to Masterful Meetings

The Secrets to Masterful Meetings
  • Author : Michael Wilkinson
  • Publisher : Leadership Strategieds Publishing
  • Pages : 148
  • Relase : 2005
  • ISBN : 0972245804

The Secrets to Masterful Meetings Book Review:

"That was an awful meeting. What a waste of my time!" How often have you had this same thought? Why do we tolerate bad meetings? Consider the last meeting you attended. How many of these pitfalls were evident? - Did not start on time. - Missing key people. - Lacked a clear purpose. - No agenda. - Few people engaged. - One or two people dominated. - Discussion wandered, repeatedly. - Key issues were not addressed. - No decisions made. - No follow-up actions. - The meeting was not worth the time. Have we lowered the bar so far that bad meetings have become the norm? Enough is enough. It is time to ignite a meetings revolution. How Do You Transform a Bad Meeting Culture? In The Secrets to Masterful Meetings, Michael Wilkinson provides leaders with a step-by-step guide for igniting a meetings revolution. The result: a complete culture transformation in which bad meetings become unacceptable! This book supplies a step-by-step guide for igniting and sustaining a meetings revolution which, if successful, will permanently change the way meetings are run in an organization. In his book, Wilkinson recommends that executives empower their people with a set of meeting rights. He then provides a comprehensive meetings transformation program that equips meeting leaders and meeting participants with tools for masterful meetings. What this Book Contains - 10 Meeting Rights to empower every participant. - 10 steps to transform your meeting culture. - 15 meeting problems and how to address them. - 4 strategies for eliminating unneeded meetings. - 6 tips for getting meetings started on time. - 3 robust tools for resolving disagreements. - 4 techniques for rescuing poorly run meetings. - 14 strategies for maximizing virtual meetings. - 6 agendas to use to gain the results you want. - 4 checklists for executing Masterful Meetings. - And much more. Give Yourself a Gift. Give a copy of this book to everyone whose meetings you attend: a gift that truly keeps on giving!

The Facilitation of Groups

The Facilitation of Groups
  • Author : Dale Hunter,Anne Bailey
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 224
  • Relase : 2017-07-05
  • ISBN : 9781351889872

The Facilitation of Groups Book Review:

This book reveals the secrets of the art of facilitation and shows how to use it to initiate group empowerment. Developing facilitation skills means first fully understanding the facilitator role: that of a guide helping a group or individual towards a conclusion, without steering the decision. To become an effective group facilitator you need to understand the principles of self-facilitation and the facilitation of individuals, as well as that of a group. The authors, all experienced facilitators, begin by fully explaining the skills required and the benefits to be derived. The Toolkit which follows includes practical activities, designs and processes, and includes a model facilitation training programme. This combination of personal experience and practical advice will have wide appeal for facilitators, trainers and group members.

Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making

Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making
  • Author : Sam Kaner
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Pages : 368
  • Relase : 2011-03-10
  • ISBN : 111804701X

Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making Book Review:

"The best book on collaboration ever written!" —Diane Flannery, founding CEO, Juma Ventures And now this classic book is even better—much better. Completely revised and updated, the second edition is loaded with new tools and techniques. Two powerful new chapters on agenda design A full section devoted to reaching closure More than twice as many tools for handling difficult dynamics 70 brand-new pages and over 100 pages significantly improved

Advanced Facilitation Strategies

Advanced Facilitation Strategies
  • Author : Ingrid Bens
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Pages : 272
  • Relase : 2012-07-05
  • ISBN : 1118046765

Advanced Facilitation Strategies Book Review:

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.

The Executive Guide to Facilitating Strategy

The Executive Guide to Facilitating Strategy
  • Author : Michael Wilkinson
  • Publisher : Leadership Strategieds Publishing
  • Pages : 284
  • Relase : 2011-10-03
  • ISBN : 0972245812

The Executive Guide to Facilitating Strategy Book Review:

"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 Facilitator's Fieldbook

The Facilitator's Fieldbook
  • Author : Tom Justice,David Jamieson
  • Publisher : AMACOM
  • Pages : 45
  • Relase : 2012-08-31
  • ISBN : 9780814420119

The Facilitator's Fieldbook Book Review:

Loaded with procedures, checklists, guidelines, samples, and templates, The Facilitator’s Fieldbook covers all the key areas of successful team management, including establishing ground rules, planning meetings and agendas, brainstorming, resolving conflict, making decisions, and helping groups optimize their time. The completely revised third edition of this longtime go-to resource for novice and experienced facilitators provides new team-building exercises as well as updated information on virtual meetings, mediation, strategic planning, and much more. You’ll also gain tips on maintaining the tone and flow of meetings, and will learn to determine when to delegate projects to individuals rather than assembling a group. Collaborative projects have become an increasingly prevalent feature of modern business strategies and workplace dynamics. But intentional, strategic facilitation is essential to making sure these groups and teams are effective. The Facilitator’s Fieldbook provides readers the comprehensive tools and knowledge they need to help their teams--and, ultimately, their organizations--succeed.

Facilitating with Ease!

Facilitating with Ease!
  • Author : Ingrid Bens
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Pages : 320
  • Relase : 2017-10-30
  • ISBN : 9781119434252

Facilitating with Ease! Book Review:

The definitive guide to running productive meetings Facilitating With Ease! has become the go-to handbook for those who lead meetings, training, and other business gatherings. Packed with information, effective practices, and invaluable advice, this book is the comprehensive handbook for anyone who believes meetings should be productive, relevant, and as short as possible. Dozens of exercises, surveys, and checklists will help transform anyone into a skilled facilitator, and clear, actionable guidance makes implementation a breeze. This new fourth edition includes a new chapter on questioning, plus new material surrounding diversity, globalization, technology, feedback, distance teams, difficult executives, diverse locations, personal growth, meeting management, and much more. With in-depth, expert guidance from planning to closing, this book provides facilitators with an invaluable resource for learning or training. Before you run another meeting, discover the practices, processes, and techniques that turn you from a referee to an effective facilitator. This book provides a wealth of tools and insights that you can put into action today. Run productive meetings that get real results Keep discussions on track and facilitate the exchange of ideas Resolve conflict and deal with difficult individuals Train leaders and others to facilitate effectively Poorly-run meetings are an interruption in the day, and accomplish little other than putting everyone behind in their “real” work. On the other hand, a meeting run by an effective facilitator makes everyone’s job easier; decisions get made, strategies are improved, answers are given, and new ideas bubble to the surface. A productive meeting makes everyone happy, and results in real benefits that spread throughout the organization. Facilitating With Ease! is the skill-building guide to running great meetings with confidence and results.

The Skilled Facilitator

The Skilled Facilitator
  • Author : Roger Schwarz
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Pages : 432
  • Relase : 2002-10-08
  • ISBN : 0787964220

The Skilled Facilitator Book Review:

When it was published in 1994, Roger Schwarz's The Skilled Facilitator earned 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 facilitate and guide groups toward realizing their creative and problem-solving potential. This thoroughly revised edition provides the essential materials for anyone that works within the field of facilitation and includes simple but effective ground rules for group interaction. Filled with illustrative examples, the book contains proven techniques for starting meetings on the right foot and ending them positively and decisively. This important resource also offers practical methods for handling emotions when they arise in a group and offers a diagnostic approach for identifying and solving problems that can undermine the group process.

Facilitation Skills Training

Facilitation Skills Training
  • Author : Kimberly Devlin
  • Publisher : Association for Talent Development
  • Pages : 208
  • Relase : 2017-03-31
  • ISBN : 9781607281009

Facilitation Skills Training Book Review:

Help them make the most out of every meeting. Rambling group discussions, tangential concerns, difficult attendees, and unclear objectives can all derail a facilitated event—and often do. But more than just learning how to avoid the pitfalls, effective facilitators ease the way for groups to achieve desired outcomes, redirect them to constructive paths, and rally commitment to action plans. Expert trainer and facilitator Kimberly Devlin has designed interactive half-day, one-day, and two-day workshops to develop the essential skills of facilitating meetings that inspire, engage, and get results. Complete with all the activities, handouts, assessments, and presentation slides you will need to accelerate learning, these programs make planning your next workshop easy, whether you are new to facilitation or a seasoned pro. About the Series The ATD Workshop Series is written for trainers by trainers, because no one knows workshops as well as the practitioners who have done it all. Each publication weaves in today’s technology and accessibility considerations and provides a wealth of new content that can be used to create a training experience like no other.

Collaboration Explained

Collaboration Explained
  • Author : Jean Tabaka
  • Publisher : Pearson Education
  • Pages : 456
  • Relase : 2006-01-06
  • ISBN : 032163005X

Collaboration Explained Book Review:

“Collaboration Explained is a deeply pragmatic book that helps agile practitioners understand and manage complex organizational and team dynamics. As an agile coach, I’ve found the combination of straightforward advice and colorful anecdotes to be invaluable in guiding and focusing interactions with my teams. Jean’s wealth of experience is conveyed in a carefully struck balance of reference guides and prose, facilitating just-in-time learning in the agile spirit. All in all, a superb resource for building stronger teams that’s fit for agile veterans and neophytes alike.” —Arlen Bankston, Lean Agile Practice Manager, CC Pace “If Agile is the new ‘what,’ then surely Collaboration is the new ‘how.’ There are many things I really like about Jean’s new book. Right at the top of the list is that I don’t have to make lists of ideas for collaboration and facilitation anymore. Jean has it all. Not only does she have those great ideas for meetings, retrospectives, and team decision-making that I need to remember, but the startling new and thought-provoking ideas are there too. And the stories, the stories, the stories! The best way to transfer wisdom. Thanks, Jean!” —Linda Rising, Independent Consultant The Hands-On Guide to Effective Collaboration in Agile Projects To succeed, an agile project demands outstanding collaboration among all its stakeholders. But great collaboration doesn’t happen by itself; it must be carefully planned and facilitated throughout the entire project lifecycle. Collaboration Explained is the first book to bring together proven, start-to-finish techniques for ensuring effective collaboration in any agile software project. Since the early days of the agile movement, Jean Tabaka has been studying and promoting collaboration in agile environments. Drawing on her unsurpassed experience, she offers clear guidelines and easy-to-use collaboration templates for every significant project event: from iteration and release planning, through project chartering, all the way through post-project retrospectives. Tabaka’s hands-on techniques are applicable to every leading agile methodology, from Extreme Programming and Scrum to Crystal Clear. Above all, they are practical: grounded in a powerful understanding of the technical, business, and human challenges you face as a project manager or development team member. · Build collaborative software development cultures, leaders, and teams · Prepare yourself to collaborate—and prepare your team · Define clear roles for each participant in promoting collaboration · Set your collaborative agenda · Master tools for organizing collaboration more efficiently · Run effective collaborative meetings—including brainstorming sessions · Promote better small-group and pair-programming collaboration · Get better information, and use it to make better decisions · Use non-abusive conflict to drive positive outcomes · Collaborate to estimate projects and schedules more accurately · Strengthen collaboration across distributed, virtual teams · Extend collaboration from individual projects to the entire development organization

Click

Click
  • Author : Michael Wilkinson,Richard Smith
  • Publisher : Leadership Strategieds Publishing
  • Pages : 278
  • Relase : 2013-08
  • ISBN : 0972245855

Click Book Review:

How much time does your organization waste in unfocused, unengaging and unproductive virtual meetings? Virtual meetings are on the rise. Unfortunately, most meeting leaders don't know the strategies for executing masterful virtual meetings. As a result, most virtual meetings: Don't start on time because people have difficulty with the technology Don't have a defined purpose due to lack of preparation Don't keep people engaged due to escalated multi-tasking Don't address conflict because the leader often doesn't see the body language information that communicates silent disagreement Don't deal with dysfunction because the meeting leader is distracted with the technology CLICK for Strategies "CLICK: The Virtual Meetings Book" provides meeting leaders with 60 comprehensive strategies for planning and executing masterful virtual meetings. In its twelve chapters, you'll find strategies and answers to these questions and more: How do you keep engagement high in a virtual meeting? How do you eliminate unnecessary virtual meetings? What are the key features that differentiate various online meeting platforms? How do you reduce the likelihood that your meeting will be derailed by technical issues? What if only a few people are remote? Or, what if you, the meeting leader, are the only one remote? How do you ask questions that receive lots of responses instead of that dreaded silence? What are the common virtual meeting dysfunctions, and how do you prevent them? How do you make sure you get quality results from every virtual meeting? Authors Michael Wilkinson and Richard Smith, leaders in the #1 meeting facilitation and facilitation training company in the US, show you how to deliver masterful virtual meetings, every time.

8 Core Practices of Facilitative Leaders

8 Core Practices of Facilitative Leaders
  • Author : Michael Wilkinson
  • Publisher : Leadership Strategieds Publishing
  • Pages : 288
  • Relase : 2019
  • ISBN : 097224588X

8 Core Practices of Facilitative Leaders Book Review:

What is a Facilitative Leader? Facilitative leaders create organizations where engagement is the norm, collaboration is the vehicle, and higher levels of achievement are the result. Unfortunately, many leaders continue to view their role primarily as one of setting direction, allocating resources, and putting in place rewards, support, and development systems that ensure their people stay focused on achieving that direction. In the changing workplace, this archaic view of leadership is completely inadequate. More and more, employees are seeking to understand where their organization is going and to influence the paths taken to get there. This shift in the workplace requires a new set of leadership skills. Leaders must know how to inspire people around a vision, foster trust, manage group interaction, build consensus, resolve conflict, and adapt their approach to the specific needs of each person they lead. They must be able to facilitate rather than dictate. This new direction calls for facilitative leaders. Praise for 8 Core Practices of Facilitative Leaders "If you want a great book that takes a facilitative approach to leadership, here it is! The 8 Core Practices of Facilitative Leaders offers practical and insightful strategies any leader can apply immediately. Read this book and learn the best ways to create engagement, buy-in, and alignment in your organization." --Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The New One Minute Manager(R) and Leading at a Higher Level "Michael credits me with teaching him to value thinking and communication preferences. He has written a practical guide to help you understand the behaviors needed to be highly impactful as a facilitative leader." --Ann Herrmann-Nehdi, chief thought leader and chair of the board at Herrmann, creators of the HBDI Assessment and Whole Brain Thinking

From Conflict to Creative Collaboration

From Conflict to Creative Collaboration
  • Author : Rosa Zubizarreta
  • Publisher : Hillcrest Publishing Group
  • Pages : 120
  • Relase : 2014-03-25
  • ISBN : 9781626526112

From Conflict to Creative Collaboration Book Review:

A radically new and powerful way of working with groups

Fearless Facilitation

Fearless Facilitation
  • Author : Cyndi Maxey,Kevin O'Connor
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Pages : 208
  • Relase : 2013-03-15
  • ISBN : 9781118417508

Fearless Facilitation Book Review:

As the workforce ages and younger trainers and managers emerge, facilitation skills take on a new importance and, with the increased use of social networks, new facilitation skills are needed. Written by two facilitation gurus, this book shows how to make any learning environment come alive. It outlines proven guidelines any trainer can use to unify groups, inspire creativity, and get audiences, teams, and colleagues to speak up, talk back, participate, and engage in meetings.

Captains of Leadership

Captains of Leadership
  • Author : Alwin Put
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 208
  • Relase : 2021-10-14
  • ISBN : 9063696191

Captains of Leadership Book Review:

Another two-hour brainstorm with your team, and you are left feeling drained: nothing really useful came out of it. It feels like a waste of time. Why is it that so many meetings are not effective? We need to start working with a type of leadership that empowers from the bottom up instead of top-down: facilitation. In Captains of Leadership you will learn the secrets of facilitative leadership, which will allow you to bring co-creation to another level. No more wasting time during team meetings, learn how to make every shared moment count. Alwin Put outlines a three-part approach in which he explains how to get the best and most out of people by working together. This book is your guide to become a facilitative leader, in other words: a Captain of Leadership. The three parts discuss (1) why it is worth the effort to develop yourself as a facilitator, (2) how to learn to work with the holy trinity of facilitation (guide, conduct and catalyse), and (3) how to keep the right frame of mind and a high energy level to get the most out of your crew. Captains of Leadership combines elements of business, creativity and self-awareness. It is an essential tool for anyone who believes in co-creation. It is both hands-on and inspiring. Become a Captain of Leadership: with facilitation, anyone can step up and be a leader.