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.
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 and updated version contains forty-seven new activities, more information about how to design and lead retreats, and additional suggestions for how to recover when things go wrong. A CD-ROM allows 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 first time or the ninety-ninth time, this easy-to-use, one-stop resource provides: Step-by-step instructions for leading a wide variety of tested exercises. Insight into establishing effective working relationships with clients. Information on what to include in your retreat designs. Suggestions for encouraging participants to speak up and play an active role. Tools for managing conflict. Guidance on making decisions during a retreat and changing course when necessary. Strategies for developing and implementing action plans. Tips for follow-up so you can keep the change train on track. Order your copy of this practical guide today!
A Practical Guide to Getting Work Done in a Changing Workplace
Author: Richard G. Weaver
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Category: Business & Economics
An effective program to help transform business leaders and managers into skilled facilitators -- Offers practical guidance to managers who have to become effective facilitators of teams and groups -- Teaches the four essential skills facilitators need to be successful Increasingly, corporations and organizations are moving away from the old model of ""direct and control"" management toward systems of group or team work. As a consequence, the position of manager is evolving into that of facilitator, and effective leaders must reevaluate many of the strategies that once served them well in their former role. In order to become a successful facilitator, one must recognize the four key elements in any facilitation: -- Task: The actual job that the group needs to accomplish; it dictates the action of the facilitator -- Self: As the most influential members of the group, facilitators must learn how to utilize themselves as tools -- Group: Comprised of unique individuals and predictable dynamics that can be identified and directed toward improved productivity -- Process: The use of task, self, and group to help teams run effective meetings and to plan and finish their work Managers as Facilitators also explores the inevitable boundaries that exist within organizations, showing how best to assess and capitalize on group dynamics for maximum effectiveness and efficiency. The book's final chapter synthesizes all the material by presenting common problems that can be addressed by ""Quick Fixes"", and by demonstrating the book's facilitation model.
Medical Education: Theory and Practice is a new text linking the theory and the practice for graduate students and educators who want to go beyond the basics. The scholarship of medical education is, above all, a ‘practice’, but one that has a strong theoretical foundation. Neither theory nor practice stand still, and both are grounded in research. The novelty of this book lies in its interweaving of practice, theory, innovation and research. The book starts with a theorised, contemporary overview of the field. Next, it explores the theoretical foundations of medical education in depth. The remainder of the book reviews a whole a range of educational contexts, processes and outcomes. This work has been edited by a distinguished, international team of medical educationalists and written by equally accomplished authors from across the globe representing a spectrum of disciplines. This will be an invaluable text for all Masters Students in health professions education as well as PhD students and education researchers wanting a background to the discipline. Educators and medical students will also find it a very useful resource. Written by key figures in medical educational research combined with a strong editorial influence from the international editorial team. The text has a strong evidence-based approach that is fully cognisant of research methodology issues, The book provides a scholarly explanation on the topic, rather than aiming to say the last word. Written throughout in a clear and comprehensible style. The content is extensively referenced with additional suggestions for further reading.