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IAF Publications and Authoring Opportunities

Authors are invited to contribute articles to the Global Flipchart, Facilitation Articles, and the Group Facilitation Journal. 

IAF has partnered with Jossey-Bass/Wiley to publish a series of books on various topics in the field of facilitation.  If you are interested in contributing to future works, please contact Sandy Schuman at sschuman@albany.edu.

Current IAF books include:

  • IAF Handbook of Group Facilitation.  Sponsored by the leading organization in facilitation -- International Association of Facilitators (IAF) - this book is a "must have" for all group facilitators, covering a diversity of viewpoints on methods and techniques, issues, competencies, and resources.  It is complemented by a CD-ROM featuring the complete collection of articles published in the first fives issues of Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal.  This collection will serve as an introduction to the field for the new practitioner and as a reference for experienced group facilitators who encounter new situations.

 

  • Creating a Culture of Collaboration  edited by Sandor Schuman.  Collaboration is often viewed as a one-time or project-oriented activity.  An increasing challenge is to help organizations incorporate collaborative values and practices in their everyday ways of working.  In Creating a Culture of Collaboration, an international group of practitioners and researchers - from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, and the United States - provide proven approaches to creating a culture of collaboration within and among groups, organizations, communities, and societies.

 

  • Nine Disciplines of Facilitative Leadership by Jon and Maureen Jenkins.  What takes place in the head and heart of an effective facilitative leader?  How do they find the inner resources to draw upon?  What is the source of their powerful effect on people and situations?  The 9 Disciplines of a Facilitator examines these questions and explores the self-mastery it takes to become a great facilitator.  Written by Jon and Maureen Jenkins, two long time member of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF), this much needed resources explains that facilitation is more that a process or a set of techniques for managing groups - facilitation is its own profession with its own set of disciplines that help define the facilitator's role.  Throughout the book the authors detail the nine personal disciplines of effective facilitator:  Detachment, Engagement, Focus, Awareness, Action, Presence, Interior Council, Intentionality, and a Sense of Wonder.

  • The Handbook for Working with Difficult Groups  edited by Sandor Schuman.  

    The Handbook for Working With Difficult Groups is written for group facilitators, team leaders, group members -- people who are concerned with how people and groups can work together more effectively. 

    We’ve all experienced the challenges associated with working with groups, but Working with Difficult Groups turns the idea of “difficult groups” on its head. Rather than view groups as inherently difficult, we look at the factors that make working with groups difficult. Individual chapters focus on challenges such as involving dissenters, building external perspectives, reducing complaining, adapting to cultural differences, incorporating diversity, facilitating inclusion, working virtually, resolving identity-based conflict, transforming unproductive behavior patterns, preventing workplace harassment, and strengthening accountability.

    We first provide a framework for thinking systemically about the many and varied ways in which working with a group can be difficult. Building on that framework, the contributors each address three basic issues:

    • How the group is difficult –a description of a real group and the observable phenomena that reflect the group’s difficulty.
    • Why the group is difficult –an exploration of the underlying causes of the difficulty.
    • What you can do about it –what you can do as a group facilitator, leader, or member to help the group