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The Secrets of Facilitation: The S.M.A.R.T Guide to Getting Results with GroupsThe Secrets of Facilitation reveals the principles and techniques effective facilitators use to produce amazing results through groups. The author identifies 60 secrets that separate great facilitators from good ones. He then puts you right in the room through his case studies and numerous sample dialogues, so you can see and experience the techniques in action!
Michael Wilkinson is the founder and Managing Director of Leadership Strategies, Inc. – The Facilitation Company. His unique passion for practical, dynamic and interactive facilitation practice forms the core of the company's results-driven mission. Mr. Wilkinson is author of the best-seller The Secrets of Facilitation, The Secrets to Masterful Meetings, and Buying Styles, and is one of the nation’s recognized leaders in the facilitation industry. He is a Board member of the National Institute for Facilitation and founder of the National Facilitator Database. He has been awarded both the Certified Professional Facilitator and the Certified Master Facilitator designations for experience and demonstrated expertise in facilitation. In 2003 he was named Facilitator of the Year by the Southeast Association of Facilitators for contributions to the field.
Facilitators and consultants are often charged with helping groups work together to create solutions that address issues, meet objectives, resolve problems, etc. One of the skills that is important to bring to the table is the ability to build consensus - even when the starting point appears to be significant disagreement. In our work, we have found it helpful to think about disagreements in three levels. In addition, we employ five core consensus building strategies, depending upon the level of the disagreement.
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