Chantal Nève-Hanquet and Agathe Crespel provide an accessible and ground-breaking guide to genuinely effective group work, sharing excellent hands-on assistance for coaches and facilitators. Offering a unique selection of guidelines and illustrations for group work, the authors demonstrate the benefits of using creative action methods in practice, helping leaders discover new ways to achieve dynamic group sessions and endowing their work with new vigour, as well as pleasure.
Facilitating Collective Intelligence brings together a wealth of knowledge and techniques from psychodrama, Jungian and systemic analysis to inform group facilitation. Presented in four parts, key inner attitudes, questions and action techniques are explored throughout to help facilitators nourish open and flexible forms of communication within groups, stimulate collective intelligence and foster creative approaches to collective problem-solving. Illustrated with relatable case studies, the book guides the reader through the process of achieving more dynamism in group work, fostering creativity, encouraging agility and developing co-construction within groups. It contains more than 30 practical memo sheets which provide an instant reference tool for implementing the methods and models in the book. Nève-Hanquet and Crespel’s approach advocates the use of actions methods, specifically the ARC model, to encourage "out of the box" thinking and develop new paths and strategies in working with teams and organizations.
Facilitating Collective Intelligence is an invaluable and essential tool in cultivating effective group dynamics for all coaches, coach supervisors and consultants, both experienced and in training. Due to its clear and practical structure, it will also be useful for counsellors, coaching psychologists and other professionals who work with groups, as well as students and academics of coaching and coaching psychology.
"Combining insight and practice, this will be an indispensable text for all practitioners in the field." -Regina Moreno, Co-Founder Bay Area Moreno Institute, Berkeley, California, USA
"An excellent guide filled with practical ideas for facilitators in organizational settings who seek to augment synergy and creativity in groups. The world sorely needs more collective intelligence in all spheres, and action-oriented methods offer a prime way to move in this direction." - Renée Emunah, Professor at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS); author of Acting for Real
"The use of action methods for working teams is one example of the inclusion of role playing as a very useful contribution among the various workplace tools." - Adam Blatner, editor of Action Explorations: Applications of Role Playing Methods
"This is an essential read for everyone involved in any form of group engagement and organisational change management. A very practical, pragmatic, and much needed addition to the tool box for a facilitator. You will get plenty of ideas to work with!" - Vinay Kumar, Vice Chair of International Association of Facilitators and Director at C2C Organizational Development
Foreword by Daniela Simmons; Introduction; Part 1: Key Inner Attitudes to Facilitate Communication; Attitude 1: Becoming 'Safe for Adoption'; Attitude 2: Requesting Permission; Attitude 3: Noticing Connections; Attitude 4: Recognising 'Professional Genius'; Attitude 5: Selecting a Focus; Attitude 6: Identifying the 'Lesser Evil'; Attitude 7: Developing the Art of Questioning; Attitude 8: Embracing Non-expectancy; Attitude 9: Keeping the Door Open; Part Two: Key Questions to Activate Collective Intelligence; Key 1: How am I going to work with the here and now?; Key 2: How can I create a safe frame and context?; Key 3: How will I stimulate cohesion?; Key 4: What can I do to strengthen participants' sense of personal competence?; Key 5: How will I take account for what remains unspoken?; Key 6: How will I enable the group to see a single situation from different angles?; Part 3: Five Key Techniques for Broadening the Field of Possibilities; Instructions for Use of Action Techniques; Technique 1: Doubling; Technique 2: The Empty Chair; Technique 3: The Empathy Circle; Technique 4: Revealing Chairs; Technique 5: Analogical Detours; Part 4: Reference Sheets for Group Facilitation; Glossary; References; Index