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The Art of Facilitation: The Essentials for Leading Great Meetings and Creating Group Synergy Hardcover – Aug 31 2009


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"Dale Hunter has done it again! She has taken what was already a 'must-read' for our industry, updated it, transformed it, and produced both a road map for aspiring facilitators and a value-added toolbox for crafty veterans. The Making Intervention and Processes chapters alone contain more insights than most books in their entirety."
—Michael Wilkinson, author, The Secrets of Facilitation

This thoroughly revised edition of the classic book on facilitation offers the most current research available on the topics of facilitation and group dynamics. A comprehensive resource for facilitators, trainers, HR professionals, and consultants, The Art of Facilitation describes the profession of group facilitation and the role of a facilitator, and outlines the key elements of facilitation. The book also examines the most common challenges that facilitators face, as well as the ethical issues that pertain to the facilitation process.

Written by Dr. Dale Hunter—acclaimed facilitator, mediator, and coach—this revised edition includes new information on facilitation in organizations, sustainability, therapeutic group work, and online facilitation. The book also includes an examination of the wide range of approaches and methods that have emerged in the field in recent years.

In addition to providing an updated guide to the topic, the book contains a training program that can be used by a group of aspiring facilitators as a peer learning framework. It also includes fifty-two processes that are useful for both facilitators and facilitation educators alike.

About the Author

Dale Hunter is a group facilitator, mediator, coach, and author in the field of facilitation. She is a director of Zenergy, a New Zealand–based company providing facilitation, mediation, and coaching services to government, business, and community sectors.

Stephen Thorpe is a facilitator specializing in online facilitation and a director of Zenergy. He is secretary of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) and editor-in-chief of Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal.

Hamish Brown is a facilitator and registered psychotherapist specializing in psychodrama.

Anne Bailey is a facilitator and a founding director of Zenergy.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Clear, engaging, informative... dust free Jan. 19 2011
By Daniel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A way of testing the quality of a book is to monitor the amount of dust it collects. Many books are read once, thought about briefly, and then cursed to spend a lonely existence gathering dust on the bottom of a bookshelf.

This book resides happily on my bookshelf, dust free.

There are two primary reasons I find myself continually drawn back to reading the Art of Facilitation. The first is its breadth - it contains a general theoretical overview of facilitation as well as useful practical guidance which is helpful to refer back to. The second reason relates to the gems that it contains. The book is packed full of useful little snippets including processes, intervention strategies, methods for shifting levels in a group as well as questions to reflect on to become a more grounded person/facilitator.

This book is not a fancy, fashionable new approach to facilitation. Neither is it a dense overview of every approach to facilitation possible. It is an informative, very readable, clearly written, highly entertaining book which I would wholeheartedly recommend to novice facilitators as well as those more experienced in the 'Art' of Facilitation.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Engaging, person centred facilitation Feb. 2 2011
By Barney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book opened my eyes to completely new ways of working with people. In the local government context, the norm is innefficent meetings which often lack purpose and clear desired outcomes. The approach, tools and methods outlined in this book offer an engaging, fun and growthful alternative to this norm.

At the heart of this book lies the 'person centred approach' to facilitating groups and leading group discussions. This approach posits that self awareness, emotional intelligence, empathy and the ability to listen deeply to others are not just 'nice to haves' but base and core skills which every effective facilitator must strive to develop. As well as providing guidance on how a facilitator should 'be' it also suggests what a good facilitator should 'do' - including how to best use intervention techniques, how to resolve conflict, and how to appropriately match processes to particular group dynamics.

In short I would whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in working with groups in more purposeful, creative and engaging ways - whether you are new to the art of facilitation or are a seasoned facilitator looking for fresh perspectives.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is an absolute gem Jan. 19 2011
By idil - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Art of Facilitation by Dale Hunter is a must to have book for anyone who is involved facilitation of groups. The book consists of three parts and covers easy-to-digest theory on essentials of facilitation and some very useful facilitation tools. I got this book in early 2009 without knowing much about facilitation or the book. I wanted to learn about group facilitation since I was going carry out some workshops as part of my PhD research. I read the book in a couple of days with great interest and joy. It was clearly written, fun and easy to understand. The book helped me to learn how to facilitate groups, be a fun and creative university lecturer and resolve conflicts whenever I face them in my life. Strongly recommended!
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A leadership guide for todays world May 15 2013
By Mark T - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As time goes by the insights, the lessons & the tools contained in Dale's book become more & more relevant.

If you are a leader who really wants to understand collaboration & collaborative process, this is a practical leadership handbook that will get plenty of use.

Many thanks to Dale & the Zenergy Team in getting this work out into the world.
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Brilliant May 9 2013
By TheZone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Once in a while you come across a seminal work, this is one. Despite coming across this work many years ago, it still remains a reference book that holds true for individuals and groups (teams of businesses) today.

Inspired by an amazing purpose, Hunter et al have captured a way of unlocking the human spirit, and thus unlocking the power of group consciousness.

The results are the ability to create magic, personal transformation and a group 'alive' with passion and compassion.

This is a must read for Leaders in a networked world. Here you will find the tools and the philosophy that can harness dreams.


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