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

  • 8h 18m
  • Roger Schwarz
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2002

When it was published in 1994, Roger Schwarz’s The Skilled Facilitator earned widespread critical acclaim and became a landmark in the field. The book is a classic work for consultants, facilitators, managers, leaders, trainers, and coaches—anyone whose role is to guide groups toward realizing their creative and problem-solving potential.

This thoroughly revised edition provides the essential materials for facilitators and includes simple but effective ground rules for group interaction. Filled with illustrative examples, the book contains proven techniques for starting meetings on the right foot and ending them positively and decisively. This important resource also offers practical methods for handling emotions when they arise in a group and offers a diagnostic approach for identifying and solving problems that can undermine the group process.

Based on Schwarz’s practical experience working in the field and the feedback he has received in his dynamic workshops, this revised edition is easier to use and much more accessible. Grounded in the latest thinking on teams, organizational development, and facilitation, this new edition

  • Takes a more conversational approach
  • Offers a clear analysis of the Skilled Facilitator approach, based on a set of core values, assumptions, and principles
  • Defines the five facilitative roles—facilitator, leader, coach, consultant, and trainer
  • Shows how groups can act inconsistently with ground rules and what to do to intervene
  • Describes the theories that guide a facilitator’s actions

The Skilled Facilitator also includes practical advice on how to work with outside consultants and how to facilitate groups within one’s own organization, along with a groundbreaking section on facilitative leadership.

About the Author

Roger Schwarz is an organizational psychologist and founder and president of Roger Schwarz & Associates, Inc., a consulting group that helps organizations use facilitative skills to create fundamental change. He facilitates groups and teaches, consults, coaches, and speaks on facilitation, facilitative leadership, and developing effective work groups. Schwarz is currently working on The Skilled Facilitator Fieldbook, to be published by Jossey-Bass.

In this Book

  • The Skilled Facilitator—A Comprehensive Resource for Consultants, Facilitators, Managers, Trainers, and Coaches, New and Revised Edition
  • The Skilled Facilitator Approach
  • What Makes Work Groups Effective?
  • The Facilitator and Other Facilitative Roles
  • Understanding the Theories that Guide our Actions
  • Ground Rules for Effective Groups
  • Diagnosing Behaviors that Enhance or Hinder Group Effectiveness
  • Deciding Whether, How, and Why to Intervene
  • How to Intervene
  • Using the Ground Rules to Intervene
  • Using the Skilled Facilitator Approach with Other Processes
  • Beginning and Ending Meetings
  • Dealing with Emotions
  • Contracting
  • Working with Another Facilitator
  • Serving as Facilitator in Your Own Organization
  • The Facilitative Leader
  • Current and Previous Ground Rules
  • Sample Planning Meeting Letter
  • Guidelines for Developing an Effective Contract
  • Sample Agreement for Basic Facilitation
  • Sample Agreement for Developmental Facilitation
  • Guidelines for Using Experiential Exercises and Self-Knowledge Instruments
  • Questions for Cofacilitators
  • Guidelines for Contracting with Your Manager