Facilitating Breakthrough, Adam Kahane
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Facilitating Breakthrough
How to Remove Obstacles, Bridge Differences, and Move Forward Together

Author: Adam Kahane

Unabridged: 6 hr 2 min

Format: Digital Audiobook Download

Published: 08/31/2021


Making progress on complex, problematic situations requires a new approach to working together: transformative facilitation, a structured and creative process for removing the obstacles to fluid forward movement. It is becoming less straightforward for people to move forward together. They face increasing complexity and decreasing control. They need to work with more people from across more divides. In such situations, the most common ways of advancingsome people telling others what to do, or everyone just doing what they think they need toaren't adequate. One better way is through facilitating. But the most common approaches to facilitatingbossy vertical directing from above or collegial horizontal accompanying from alongsidearen't adequate. They often leave the participants frustrated and yearning for breakthrough. This book describes a new approach: transformative facilitation. It doesn't choose either the bossy vertical or the collegial horizontal approach: it cycles back and forth between them. Rather than forcing or cajoling, the facilitator removes the obstacles that stand in the way of people contributing and connecting equitably. It enables people to bring their whole selves to the process. This book is for anyone who helps people work together to transform their situation, be it a professional facilitator, manager, consultant, coach, chairperson, organizer, mediator, stakeholder, or friend. It offers a broad and bold vision of the contribution that facilitation can make to helping people collaborate to make progress.