From the Inside Flap
Throughout the book, expert facilitator Suzanne Ghais shows how extreme facilitationwhich puts the emphasis on creativity, flexibility, and customizationcan change how group members interact with one another and how participants view the issues even in the most challenging and exceptionally difficult situations. Extreme Facilitation covers the preparatory phases of the process, including assessment, convening, and contracting. Ghais also offers vital information on process design and tips for handling situations that many facilitators find particularly challenging.
This groundbreaking book offers suggestions for the facilitator who must cultivate a strong presence, trustworthiness, and creativity, and have a clear understanding of the group's goals, needs, culture, and external conditions, such as pressures, requirements, and constraints. The extreme facilitator draws on a wide range of techniques that are driven by the needs of the group, not by the techniques themselves. To be truly effective, the facilitator must call on all of the group's physical, intellectual, emotional, intuitive, creative, and spiritual capacities.
Extreme Facilitation will help both experienced facilitators and those new to the process become more confident and competent when faced with the most daunting challenges.
From the Back Cover
"Extreme Facilitation is the next-generation book on facilitating successful meetings. Based on Ghais' extensive experience as a facilitator, from corporate boardrooms to unruly public meetings, the book presents highly useful approaches and strategies for unleashing the creativity of both facilitators and groups. Extreme Facilitation is a resource for both novices and experienced facilitators for designing customized meetings, bringing out the best in participants, and learning how to be centered under trying circumstances. I highly recommend it."
Christopher Moore, mediator; author,The Mediation Process: Practical Strategies for Resolving Conflict
"Provocative, realistic, and cutting edge! This book should be in the hands of policy makers and practitioners alike."
John Paul Lederach, professor of international peacebuilding, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame; author, The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace
"Extreme Facilitation is essential reading for anyone interested in becoming a first-rate facilitator."
Bernie Mayer, partner, CDR Associates; author, Beyond Neutrality: Confronting the Crisis in Conflict Resolution