Book Review: The Art of Facilitation: the essentials for leading great meetings and creating group synergy

The Art of Facilitation the essentials for leading great meetings and creating group synergy
by Dale Hunter, Stephen Thorpe, Hamish Brown, and Anne Bailey,
2007 Random House NZ
Reviewed by Vivienne Thomson
The authors of this new book all live and work in Auckland, New Zealand, and have drawn on their work as members of Zenergy, a company that specialises in facilitation, mediation, coaching and facilitator training. While Dale Hunter, a co-founder of Zenergy, presents the bulk of the content, the book is the result of the authors’ collective effort and wide range of experiences and expertise. It is a revised and updated edition of The Art of Facilitation first published in 1994 incorporating new thinking and research. There is now a chapter on “Facilitation Online” that highlights the benefits and issues associated with facilitating online groups. In addition, Hamish Brown, ANZPA member and psychodramatist, has contributed a chapter entitled “Facilitation and therapeutic group work” in which he relates spontaneity, warm up, role theory, and creative genius to facilitation.

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