The Skilled Facilitator: A Comprehensive Resource for Consultants, Facilitators, Managers, Trainers, and Coaches

by Roger Schwarz. Jossey-Bass, 2002.
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This classic text by psychologist, consultant, and facilitator Roger Schwarz offers readers a comprehensive view of the theory and practice of facilitating conversations in order to “help groups become more effective.” Among other topics, the chapters discuss the help that facilitation offers, observing others’ behavior, ground rules, when and how to intervene in the group process, measuring group effectiveness, and the human emotional component. Other items, such as the core principles of facilitation, how to co-facilitate, strategies for use in your own context(s), and different ways to make decisions are also covered. Throughout the text, Schwarz gives concrete how-to or step-by-step instructions with illustrative vignettes, charts, and graphs. He provides various guidelines, including those for contracts and agreements. The appendices, detailed index, and bibliography are additional helps. This secular resource is for clergy, lay-leaders, judicatories, and coaches from any religious tradition.