Facilitation & Leadership


Caroline Estes: An excellent article on unity-building decision-making to work in many settings. www.context.org/ICLIB/IC07/Estes.htm

Facilitator U: Tools and training for leaders and facilitators.  www.facilitatoru.com

Hollyhock Institute: Facilitation and leadership training for social change. www.hollyhockleadership.org

International Institute for Facilitation and Consensus: Training and certificate programs, resources and projects, plus electronic magazine, Bonfire. www.iifac.org

International Association of Facilitators: Trainings, certification programs, conferences, workshops and resources. www.iaf-world.org

Journal to the Self Certification: Home-study, on-line and instructor certification intensive available as are many on-line courses with Kathleen Adams, author of Journal to the Self. www.journaltherapy.com

Mandala Center for Change: Theatre of the Oppressed facilitation training on peace and justice issues, www.mandalaforchange.com/welcome.htm

National Intensive Journal Program: This program, one of the first of its kind, was developed in the 1950s by Dr. Ira Progoff.  Workshops and training options available. www.intensivejournal.org

Poetry Therapy Certification Training: Available through the National Association of Biblio/Poetry Therapy, this program two certification options, one for licensed therapists, and one for all others. A guide to the training options is available at www.poetrytherapy.org, where you can also access more information, including intensives offered by poetry therapy mentor/supervisors.

Playback Theater: The School of Playback Theatre offers comprehensive training for playback theatre, a form of personal improvisational theatre, valuing story, ritual, and community. www.playbackschool.org

Society for Organizational Learning: SoL, the Society for Organizational Learning, is an intentional learning community composed of organizations, individuals, and local SoL communities around the world. A not-for-profit, member-governed corporation, SoL is devoted to the interdependent development of people and their institutions in service of inspired performance and meaningful results. SoL serves as a space in which individuals and institutions can create together that which they cannot create alone.

The Taos Institute: Training in appreciative inquiry and using narrative for social change. www.taosinstitute.net

Training for Change: Facilitation training for social activists and community groups. www.trainingforchange.org


The Journal of Poetry Therapy has many articles on facilitating groups, such as “Healing from Addictions Through Poetry Therapy” by Mari Alschuler. Check out the journal’s index to see if any articles fit your work.

“Guidelines for Journal Groups” by Katherine “Kay” Adams, from her book Mightier Than the Sword: The Journal as a Path to Men’s Self-Discovery.

John Adams, Transforming Leadership

Susan Annis Hammond, The Book of Appreciative Inquiry

Tom Atlee and Rosa Zubizarreta, “Comparison of Robert’s Rules of Order, Consensus Process and Dynamic Facilitation”

Andy Bangs, Smart Steps to Smart Choices: Testing Your Business Ideas

Bernard M. Bass and Ronald E. Reggio, Transformational Leadership

Ingrid Bens, Advanced Facilitation Strategies

Trevor Bentley, Facilitation

Jennifer Beer, The Mediator’s Handbook

Peter Block, The Answer to How is Yes

The appendix in Irene Borger’s (editor) From A Burning House is an excellent source on how to arrange and run writing and healing groups, especially for very at-risk population. This anthology from the LA AIDS Project has excellent examples of participants’ work (and excellent examples of exercises you could use).

Tony Buzan, The Mind Mapping Book

Madelyn Burley, et. al., Playing with Fire: Creative Conflict Resolution for Young Adults

Esther Cameron, Facilitation Made Easy

Center for Conflict Resolution, Manual for Group Facilitation
— Building United Judgment

Changing Communities, ed. by Scott Waker

Alice Collier Cochran, Roberta’s Rules of Order

David Cooperidder and Diana Whitney, Appreciative Inquiry: A Position Revolution in Change

Edward deBono, Conflicts

— Six Thinking Hats

— Lateral Thinking: Creativity Step by Step

Michael Doyle and David Straus, How to Make Meetings Work

Sharon Ellison, Taking the War Out of Our Words: The Art of Powerful Non-Defensive Communication

Karen Finch, The K.E.Y. Group

Robert Fisher, et. al., Getting to Yes

—. Getting Ready to Negotiate

Robert W. Fuller, Sombodies Nobodies

John Gastill, Democracy in Small Groups

Suzanne Ghais, Extreme Facilitation: Guiding Groups Through Controversy and Complexity

Daniel Goleman, Working with Emotional Intelligence

Stephen Hacker and Tammy Roberts, Transformational Leadership: Creating Organizations of Meaning

Hathaway, Giving and Receiving Feedback

Marge Eaton Heegard, The Facilitator’s Guide for Drawing Out Feelings

John Heider, The Tao of Leadership

Ronald L. Heifetz, Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading

—  Leadership Without Easy Answers

Dale Hunter, Anne Bailey & Bill Taylor, The Zen of Groups

— The Art of Facilitation

— The Facilitation of Groups

Daniel Iacofano, Meeting of the Minds

IAF Handbook of Group Facilitation: Best Practices from Leading Organizations in Facilitation, ed. by Sandy Schuman

Jon and Maureen Jenkins, International Facilitator’s Companion

Tom Justice, David Jamieson, et. al, The Facilitator’s Handbook

Sam Kaner, The Facilitator’s Guide for Participatory Decision-Making

Kellerman, Bad Leadership

Katzenbach and Smith, The Wisdom of Teams

Kelsey & Plumb, Great Meetings! Great Results!

John P. Kotter, Leading Change

— What Leaders Do

John P. Kretzmann and John L. McKnight, Building Community from the Inside Out

Hunt, Bailey and Taylor, The Art of Facilitation

Dorothy Leeds, Smart Questions

Patrick Lencioni, Death by Meeting

Robert William Lucus, Big Book of Facilitation

Jane Magruder Watkins and Bernard J. Mohr, Appreciative Inquiry: Change at the Speed of Imagination

Michael Marmot, Status Syndrome

Arnold Mindell, Sitting in the Fire

— The Leader as Martial Artist

— The Deep Democracy of Open Forums

Kerry Patterson, Crucial Conversations

Stanley Pollack and Mary Fusoni, Moving Beyond Icebreakers: An Innovative Approach to Group Facilitation, Leaning and Action

The Power of Words: A Transformative Language Arts Reader, edited by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and Janet Tallman.

Gregory Putz, Faciliation Skills: Helping Groups Make Decisions

Judy Ringer, Unlikely Teachers: Finding the Hidden Gifts in Daily Conflicts

Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Discipline

Pat Schneider, Writing Alone and With Others

Susan Schuman, Handbook of Group Facilitation

Susan Scott, Fierce Conversations

Peter Senge, C. Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jawoski, Betty Sue Flowers, Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations and Society

R. Brian Stanfield, The Art of Focused Conversation: 100 Ways to Access Group Wisdom in the Workplace

— The Courage to Lead

— The Workshop Book: From Individual Creativity to Group Action

Stone, Sheen & Patton, Difficult Conversations

Starhawk, Webs of Power

Diana Whitney and Amanda Trosten-Bloom, The Power of Appreciative Inquiry

Margaret Wheatley, Leadership and the New Society

Bruce R. Williams, More than 50 Ways to Build Team Consensus

Priscilla H. Wilson, The Facilitative Way

Michael Winer and Karen Ray, Collaboration Handbook

Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff, Future Search

Joyce Wycoff, Mindmapping