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Standing in the Fire: The Inner Art of Facilitation

Facilitation is too often an underrated art. Both the practice and its practitioners are often characterized with some disdain as all process, no substance. Yet, everyone knows facilitation is necessary for tough meetings when the room is expected to bristle with tension, and a lot of skill will be needed to get a good result. […]

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Barriers to Communication – 1

The psychologist Carl Rogers observed 60 years ago that a major barrier to effective communication was the natural tendency to evaluate and judge the words and actions of others. He saw this happening not just on an individual level but also in public policy collaboration where those at the table usually represent institutions and communities […]

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Consensus Building

Barriers to Dialogue and Consensus Building

There are many potential barriers to dialogue and consensus building. One is lack of familiar on the part of stakeholders with the meaning of dialogue and what it requires. (My working definition: the kind of honest talk that makes agreement possible. ) Related to that is the tendency of some participants to resort to strategies, […]

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