The Facilitator's Fieldbook

The Facilitator's Fieldbook

Authors: Tom Justice, David W. Jamieson, Ph.D.
Pub Date: October 2012
Print Edition: $45.00
Print ISBN: 9780814420089
Page Count: 480
Format: Paper or Softback
Edition: Third Edition
e-Book ISBN: 9780814420119

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It may seem effortless, but anyone leading a high-stakes meeting knows what a pressure cooker it can be. Amidst a charged atmosphere and conflicting personalities, facilitators must deftly weave groups into effective workplace teams that achieve results. It takes skill, commitment, and an arsenal of facilitation tools—all here in the complete, authoritative guide to facilitation mastery.

Now completely updated with 150 pages of new material, this third edition of The Facilitator’s Fieldbook gives facilitators, organization development professionals, and consultants both a conceptual framework for understanding the facilitation process and the step-by-step procedures, checklists, worksheets, and sample documents to get it right.

The book delivers practical information on establishing ground rules, planning meetings and agendas, resolving conflict, making decisions, helping groups optimize their time—and every key mediation skill you need to know. You will discover in this third edition:

Character traits of successful facilitators

• Signs of dysfunction in any group dynamic and what to do about each

• Critical distinctions between regular meetings and task forces that facilitators must know

• Preparation guidelines that improve your odds for success

• A training agenda for teaching facilitation

• Meeting room layouts, and when to use each

• Activities for ensuring inclusion and participation

• Nonverbal communication cues that help you spot lies and truths

• Brainstorming and brain writing tips

• Pros and cons of absolute, consultative, expert, and modified consensus

• Guidelines for preparing and presenting recommendations

• Tips for working with virtual teams and using technology to improve facilitation

• Insights into the best contracting practices for facilitators

• Shortcuts for implementing team-building exercises

• Advice and activities for building trust

• Updates on the latest developments, such as appreciative inquiry and large-group methods

• A primer for managers on using facilitative thinking to lead their teams—and much more.

If humans are complex, then groups are significantly more so. This insightful, all-encompassing guide to helping diverse, sometimes fractious, workplace groups reach positive goals is invaluable for newcomers and seasoned professionals alike.

Thomas Justice is President of Justice & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in process facilitation, building high-performance teams, and the management of organizational change. He has served as a process facilitator for more than 30 organizations in 16 states. He lives in Santa Monica, California.

David W. Jamieson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Organization, Learning & Development department at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is also President of Jamieson Consulting Group, which specializes in organizational strategy, design, change, and human resources issues. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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