A facilitator helps groups of people to enable them to interact more effectively in a wide range of situations and occupations, including workplaces, organizational planning, leisure and health activities and community development. Facilitation is an emerging and exciting profession.
Most people believe that meetings are a huge waste of time – and they're right. Though meetings are essential to the life of any organization, they tend to be boring, inefficient, and unproductive. But they don't have to be. Mission Critical Meetings shows you how to facilitate meetings that participants will look forward to. You'll learn how to: · get participants engaged · keep everyone on track · boost creativity · foster a sense of teamwork · make and implement decisions · ...and much more The impact of a well-run meeting extends far beyond the short-term enthusiasm of its participants. When you use the techniques described in this book, members will be better equipped to stay on task, work toward a common goal, and contribute to the success of your organization.
This book presents the fundamental concepts of organizational learning (OL) and related topics. In addition, it discusses various factors that influence the success of, and readiness to adopt, OL. In the modern competitive market, companies are looking for ways to excel by focusing more on innovation and knowledge discovery. In response, the book presents a ready-to-use tool for driving OL, called Project Action Learning (PAL). The PAL framework helps teams effectively work on, and learn from, meaningful projects. In this regard, equal emphasis is placed on achieving the project outcome and the participants’ learning objectives. Moreover, the book offers a step-by-step guidebook on how PAL-driven OL can be achieved, making it a valuable asset for educators and practitioners alike.
Facilitators are being called upon to work in international and cross-cultural arenas more than ever before to help groups co-ordinate plans for governance, education and community development. There are also increasingly frequent cases of pandemics that require facilitating multicultural groups such as the Tsunami and HIV/Aids disaster relief. Facilitating Multicultural Groups provides a practical approach for facilitators needing to enhance their skills when working with people from a diverse range of multicultural backgrounds. Based on research and facilitator experiences it takes the facilitator step-by-step through ideas, processes, models and frameworks that are designed to assist with the preparation, facilitation and evaluation of workshops. It advises how to adapt learning materials to suit specific situations and offers techniques to deal with conflict. Complete with additional resources available on a dedicated website including: Cultural value cards pack; Cultural behaviors card pack; Medical insurance advice; Glossary of key terms; Useful networks; Country by country background information, this is essential reading for anyone facilitating multicultural groups.
Everything You Need to Know About Planning and Leading Great Offsites
Author: Merianne Liteman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Business & Economics
Based on the best-selling first edition, this greatly expanded andupdated version contains forty-seven new activities, moreinformation about how to design and lead retreats, and additionalsuggestions for how to recover when things go wrong. A CD-ROMallows you to print out chapters for distribution to key leaders,duplicate templates, and produce handouts for specific exercises. Whether you're planning to lead an offsite retreat for the firsttime or the ninety-ninth time, this easy-to-use, one-stop resourceprovides: Step-by-step instructions for leading a wide variety of testedexercises. Insight into establishing effective working relationships withclients. Information on what to include in your retreat designs. Suggestions for encouraging participants to speak up and playan active role. Tools for managing conflict. Guidance on making decisions during a retreat and changingcourse when necessary. Strategies for developing and implementing action plans. Tips for follow-up so you can keep the change train ontrack. Order your copy of this practical guide today!
The facilitator's task of opening up discussion, getting ideas into the open and setting broad future direction is essential if a group is to reach consensus on a particular outcome and it is now one of the key techniques used in meetings and workshops. Facilitation Made Easy provides a practical introduction to the essential skills needed and will help readers develop a facilitation style that is unbiased and enables control without being overpowering.With detailed examples, proven tips for success, checklists and a self assessment guide to help readers test their own personal approach to facilitation, the book will help readers to: Understand the facilitator's role Develop the ideal structure for workshops and meetings Control agendas and help to focus the outcome of meetings Deal with difficulties.This third edition also includes a new chapter on facilitating virtual meetings, explaining the mechanics of virtual teams, the pros and cons of virtual meetings, use of technology and tips on setting up, facilitating and participating in virtual meetings
This double pack contains the following two titles: Understanding Facilitation; Practical Facilitation. The use of facilitation is changing. Not only is the use of facilitation now prevalent in a far broader range of settings than ever before but the concepts and practices of facilitation are being honed too. Understanding Facilitation is an essential introduction to the development and practice of facilitation is the ideal handbook for anyone interested in the topic. Offering everything you need to be able to understand and develop your facilitation skills the book provides a critical synthesis of established and current theory. Practical Facilitation is an essential toolkit for new and experienced facilitators, managers, consultants, staff developers, innovators, social and community workers and students. The book provides a stimulating and readable coverage of a broad range of proven, practical and innovative techniques from around the world.
Get what it takes to develop great groups An outstanding guide for those working to help groups reach their full potential. Writing for consultants, peer facilitators and managers alike, the author offers a comprehensive reference that pinpoints the skills needed to produce highly creative groups. This guidebook will show you how to: Be a facilitative leader Improve the overall effectiveness of an organization Increase employee commitment Sharpen cooperative and problem-solving skills Improve company flexibility Intervene effectively with groups ... and more! Easy to follow and chock full of practical advice, this work can enable anyone to handle groups effectively. Take a Skilled Facilitator Intensive Workshop! These 5 day events, sponsored by The Center for the Study of Work Teams and presented by Roger Schwarz & Associates, feature Roger Schwarz. Workshops are offered three times a year. For information contact the Center for the Study of Work Teams at (940) 565-3096 or visit their web site at www.workteams.unt.edu.