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  • Facilitating Breakthrough

  • How to Remove Obstacles, Bridge Differences, and Move Forward Together
  • By: Adam Kahane
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hoyt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
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Facilitating Breakthrough

By: Adam Kahane
Narrated by: Jeff Hoyt
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Summary

Making progress on complex, problematic situations requires a new approach to working together: transformative facilitation, a structured and creative process for removing the obstacles to fluid forward movement.

It is becoming less straightforward for people to move forward together. They face increasing complexity and decreasing control. They need to work with more people from across more divides. In such situations, the most common ways of advancing - some people telling others what to do, or everyone just doing what they think they need to - aren’t adequate.
One better way is through facilitating. But the most common approaches to facilitating - bossy vertical directing from above or collegial horizontal accompanying from alongside - aren’t adequate. They often leave the participants frustrated and yearning for breakthrough.

This book describes a new approach: transformative facilitation. It doesn’t choose either the bossy vertical or the collegial horizontal approach: it cycles back and forth between them. Rather than forcing or cajoling, the facilitator removes the obstacles that stand in the way of people contributing and connecting equitably. It enables people to bring their whole selves to the process.

This book is for anyone who helps people work together to transform their situation, be it a professional facilitator, manager, consultant, coach, chairperson, organizer, mediator, stakeholder, or friend. It offers a broad and bold vision of the contribution that facilitation can make to helping people collaborate to make progress.

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  • Wayne Burrell
  • 28-09-21

Powerfully Enlightening and Humbling

This book has made a HUGE impact on my perception of what it means to be a facilitator.

Facilitation isn't about what the Facilitator is BRINGING to the engagement, but rather what they can REMOVE in terms of obstacles to Connection (Power), Connection (Love) and Equity (Justice).

The book flowed really well. The conclusion was just as meaningful as the intro. In the end, the author beautifully ties in Power, Love and Justice.

This made me wonder how systemic inequities look through the lens of Justice and Power. It makes me hopeful for one day being able to bridge those gaps. But it will only happen through intentional serving act of Breakthrough Facilitation.

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  • Jo
  • 30-01-23

Very clear and helpful

This book really helped me to see what my job is in a better way. Excited to get started.