IAF to Publish Book Next Month on Best Practices in Facilitation
Next month, the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) will be publishing an exciting (to us, anyway!) book edited by Sandy Schuman titled "The IAF Handbook of Group Facilitation: Best Practices from the Leading Organization in Facilitation." Published by Jossey-Bass, the 720-page book will be available in February for $75 for non-members of IAF and $52.50 for IAF members. This will be quite the resource!
The book covers a range of viewpoints on methods and techniques, issues, competencies, and resources. It includes a CD featuring the complete collection of articles published in the first five issues of Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal. This collection will serve as an introduction to the field for the new practitioner and as a reference for experienced group facilitators who encounter new situations. Click below for the full table of contents (you may recognize some of the authors!), or go to IAF's online store to purchase the book.
Table of Contents
Introduction: A Superlative Task
Section I: Create Collaborative Client Relationships
Chapter 1: The Big Picture: Creating an Ongoing Client Relationship
Nadine Bell and Susan Nurre
Learn to strengthen client relationships and create a partnership to maximize the likelihood of achieving success.
Chapter 2: The Skilled FacilitatorApproach
Provides an overview of The Skilled Facilitator approach.
Chapter 3: Facilitation: Beyond Methods
David Wayne and Linda Vogelsong
How an understanding of the key intangibles of group functioning can complement and support facilitation efforts
Section II: Plan Appropriate Group Processes
Chapter 4: Eight Ps of Effective Facilitation Planning and Preparation
Learn a proven approach to plan and prepare for ?complex, high stakes? facilitation projects.
Chapter 5: The Architecture of Participation
How to assess and adapt the physical space for optimal group energy and productivity.
Chapter 6: Building Trust: The Great Enabler
Maria Begoņa Bego and Larry Meeker
How facilitation practices and values that help build trust can promote organizational success.
Chapter 7: Facilitation of Group Brainstorming
Paul Paulus and Toshihiko Nakui
Focuses on the latest research on brainstorming and its implications for facilitating effective ideation sessions and meetings.
Chapter 8: Promoting Mutual Understanding for Effective Collaboration in Cross-Functional Groups with Multiple Stakeholders
Describes the core facilitation skills that enable multi-stakeholder groups to build mutual understanding and create inclusive, win/win solutions.
Chapter 9: A Procedural Analysis of Group Facilitation: A Communication Perspective
Explains why understanding the relationship of the task, relational, and procedural functions of communication are fundamental to the planning and implementation of productive group facilitation.
Section III: Create and Sustain a Participatory Environment
Chapter 10: Graphic Facilitation: The Art of Drawing Out the Best in People
How graphic facilitation lets people literally see what they mean.
Chapter 11: Creating a Positive Participatory Climate: A Meaning-Centered Counseling Perspective
Provides a unique perspective rooted in existential-humanistic psychology and based on recent developments in meaning-centered counseling.
Chapter 12: How to Build a Collaborative Environment
Offers five strategies for building collaborative cultures in organizations and communities.
Chapter 13: Effective Strategies for Designing and Facilitating Dialogue
Provides dialogic approaches to help create a collaborative environment to work out ideas and alternatives for collective action.
Chapter 14: Dynamic Facilitation: Design Principles from the New Science of Complexity
Lisa Kimball, Trish Silber, and Nedra Weinstein
Explores how the concepts of complexity science provide an exciting framework to improve facilitation processes.
Chapter 15: Facilitating the Whole System in the Room: A Theory, Philosophy and Practice for Managing Conflicting Agendas, Diverse Needs and Polarized Views
Sandra Janoff and Marvin Weisbord
Weaves together a philosophy of systems change and personal awareness into a simple practice for whole systems improvement.
Chapter 16: Successfully Facilitating Multicultural Groups
Presents a diversity checklist for workshop design, facilitative processes, cultural models and dimensions and a variety of group exercises.
Chapter 17: Improvisation in Facilitation
How enjoyable activities allow you and your participants to become comfortable with process while unconcerned about outcome.
Chapter 18: Facilitation of the Future: How Virtual Meetings Are Changing the Work of the Facilitator
Lori Bradley and Michael Beyerlein
Offers help for the virtual facilitator trying to assist groups that are separated by time and/or distance.
Section IV: Guide Group to Appropriate and Useful Outcomes
Chapter 19: The Team Start-Up: A Scripted Approach to Facilitating the Start of an Effective Workteam
Fred Niziol and Kathy Free
Provides a structure for facilitators and/or team leaders to use in clearly defining a new work team?s purpose and scope.
Chapter 20: Facilitating Large Group Meetings That Get Results Every Time
Sylvia James, Mary Eggers, Marsha Hughes-Rease, Roland Loup, and Bev Seiford
Presents 10 principles for the design and facilitation of large group meetings that get results.
Chapter 21: Facilitating Communication in Group Decision-Making Discussions
Dennis Gouran and Randy Hirokawa
Acquaints facilitators with a set of strategic approaches to overcoming common obstacles in group interaction.
Chapter 22: Consensus Building: Strategies for Resolving Disagreement
Discover the three reasons people disagree and how to resolve them.
Chapter 23: Quality Without a Name
Reinhard Kuchenmueller and Marianne Stifel
Visual facilitation is more than verbal facilitation plus pictures.
Chapter 24: Facilitating Participatory Evaluation through Stories of Change
How participatory evaluation offers an effective means for understanding social change in ways that conventional evaluation methods cannot.
Chapter 25: Assessing the Effectiveness of Group Decision Processes
Various approaches to the assessment of group decision making are presented and critiqued.
Section V: Build and Maintain Professional Knowledge
Chapter 26: Facilitator Core Competencies as Defined by the International Association of Facilitators
Lynda Lieberman Baker and Cameron Fraser
Describes the facilitator core competencies as defined by the IAF and highlights the development of the professional certification system and the current process for certification.
Chapter 27: Operational Dimensions of the Profession of Facilitation
Examines a variety of trade-offs that facilitators make in developing, delivering, or enabling effective group dynamics.
Chapter 28: How to Build Your Expertise in Facilitation
Details myriad strategies that seasoned practitioners use to expand their skills and expertise in facilitation.
Chapter 29: Dimensions of Facilitator Education
Reviews the literature on facilitation within the organizational development field and provides an interpretive framework.
Section VI: Model Positive Professional Attitude
Chapter 30: Facilitator Values and Ethics
Dale Hunter and Stephen Thorpe
Describes the effort to develop the IAF Code of Ethics and the key issues that now define the profession of facilitation.
Chapter 31: Facilitation from the Inside Out
Explores the beliefs, attitudes, and perspectives that give rise to multiple methods of helping groups succeed.
Chapter 32: The Gift of Self: The Art of Transparent Facilitation
Includes a how-to instruction manual guiding practitioners in effectively including oneself in one?s facilitation.
Chapter 33: Affirmative Facilitation: An Asset-Based Approach to Process Consultation
Describes a shift from deficiency- to potency-based consulting models and methods; expert vs. process consulting; and the tenets and applications of Affirmative Facilitation.
If you have questions, please contact Sandor Schuman, Editor [email protected]