Extreme Facilitation: Guiding Groups Through Controversy and Complexity / Edition 1

Extreme Facilitation: Guiding Groups Through Controversy and Complexity / Edition 1

by Suzanne Ghais
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Extreme Facilitation: Guiding Groups Through Controversy and Complexity 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a facilitator for the past 10 years, I thought I had read the most important noteworthy books on the topic...until I picked up this book. Ghais takes a unique perspective on facilitation, expressing them in a cohesive way that is useful for anyone who deals with conflict, trains, or works with people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I teach facilitation & have recommended Extreme Facilitation (EF) to my students. If you are an experienced facilitator, EF's insights will improve your practice. If you are a new facilitator or just thinking about learning the facilitator's skill set, EF will help you understand what the craft is all about. If you are a manager, or work with community/non-profit organizations, and have not used the services of a facilitator, EF will change your mind. Extreme Facilitation is important because once you know and use the facilitator's skills, you will save time, money & avoid a lot of the pain involved in getting two or more people to work out their differences & unite toward a common goal. Ms Ghais accurately demonstrates in words what a facilitator does and the benefits of using these skills. Her descriptions of the practice of facilitation, particularly of its role in conflict resolution, have a realness not found in many books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You don't generally think of books like this as 'page-turners', but I could not put it down. In Extreme Facilitation, Suzanne Ghais has moved away from the cookbook (techniques-based) view of facilitation found in many other books and training materials, and has captured the core principles that underlie successful facilitation in extreme situations. For example -- there are no 'difficult' people in a group rather people's 'difficult' behaviors reflect needs or interests that have not yet been identified or adequately addressed. Once these needs or interests are understood by the group and dealt with, the 'difficulty' usually passes. I started reading the book while stuck on a process design for a complicated project. The book's direct and insightful approach unlocked my creativity and allowed me to trust my instincts -- ie, the book facilitated my own thinking in the same way that 'extreme facilitation' empowers difficult groups to work together productively. Ms. Ghais' approach to the topic is transformative.