Standing in the Fire: Leading High-Heat Meetings with Clarity, Calm, and Courage [NOOK Book]

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Shows that the key to effectively leading difficult meetings lies not in acquiring more tools and techniques but in your state of mind
Offers dozens of stories, exercises and practices to help readers cultivate a grounded, compassionate, purposeful presence
Draws on Dressler’s interviews with 35 distinguished experts in facilitation, ...
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Standing in the Fire: Leading High-Heat Meetings with Clarity, Calm, and Courage

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Overview

Shows that the key to effectively leading difficult meetings lies not in acquiring more tools and techniques but in your state of mind
Offers dozens of stories, exercises and practices to help readers cultivate a grounded, compassionate, purposeful presence
Draws on Dressler’s interviews with 35 distinguished experts in facilitation, negotiation, organizational development and leadership


High heat meetings seem to be happening in more and more organizations these days. Situations where participants are polarized, angry, fearful, confused. If you facilitate meetings for a living, all your well-learned techniques won’t help you in volatile and unpredictable situations like this. If you lead meetings as simply one part of your job, you probably feel even less able to cope.

The answer is not another technique—not something you do to people. Veteran facilitator Larry Dressler has learned the hard way that when stakes are high, outcomes uncertain, and emotions running wild what makes the crucial difference is the leader’s presence. To work with people in high-heat meetings you have to work on yourself.

Standing in the Fire shares not just Dressler’s experiences but also the insights of 35 iconic facilitators, leaders, conveners, and change agents, all with an eye to helping you stay grounded and focused enough to make the kind of inventive, split-second decisions these pressure-cooker situations demand. He outlines the mindsets, the emotional and physical ways of being that will enable you to master yourself so you can remain firmly in service to the group, and offers dozens of practices for cultivating these capabilities before, during and after any meeting.

In meetings as in the natural world fire can be creative rather than destructive—but only if handled skillfully. Standing in the Fire gives you everything you need to keep from being draw into the inferno yourself and instead become a masterful fire tender.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605097725
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,296,706
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Larry is the founder of Blue Wing Consulting, a firm that helps organizations mobilize positive change. He has worked with a wide variety of organizations, including Nissan Motors, USC University Hospital, Starbucks, Washington State Attorney General's Office, Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Cisco Systems, New Belgium Brewing, and Mitsubishi.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1:  The Dynamics of the Fire:  Facilitating High-Heat Meetings
Ch. 2:  A New Kind of Presence:  The Facilitator’s Path to Self-Mastery
Ch. 3:  Seven Embodied Principles for Facilitating in the Fire
Ch. 4:  Practices:  The Path of Facilitator Self-Mastery
Ch. 5:  From Standing to Dancing in the Fire: Committing to the Path of Self-Mastery

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

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    Effective ways to keep your cool during a heated meeting

    Your mother may have told you not to play with matches, but you can't always avoid fiery exchanges when you facilitate a meeting or lead a group. Organizational development consultant Larry Dressler explains why you should encourage rather than stifle heated discussions. He shares ways to control those personal "hot buttons" - sensitivities you've developed from past experiences - that can make you lose your cool in the heat of the moment. He reveals six steps for dealing with hot topics to help you successfully run a meaningful session when tempers flare. The book is a bit repetitious, and its advice may be familiar to readers of self-help books; however, it does contain practical suggestions and useful anecdotes that do a good job of illustrating its points. getAbstract recommends its expert guidance and practice exercises to anyone who leads or works with teams, whether in the workplace, on the playing field or at home.

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