Bracken of Bracken and Associates, located in Dallas, Texas, is
a chapter contributor to this new International Association of Facilitators
(IAF) publication. The IAF Handbook of Group Facilitation is intended
to become the definitive resource for group facilitation, appealing
to facilitators and others seeking the help that facilitation provides.
It provides readers with the best thinking, tools and practices
of group facilitation by leading authorities in the field.
The Handbook's primary
audience is professional facilitators. The secondary audience
is individuals and organizations interested in creating a culture
of collaboration where facilitation skills are essential, and that
would benefit from a reference presenting a range of ideas and best
practices. The book provides a comprehensive view of group
facilitation, including its foundations, methods, applications,
and prospects and implications for the future.
It was published by Jossey-Bass Publishers
in February, 2005. Bracken's chapter is entitled "Eight
Ps of Effective Facilitation Planning and Preparation."
It presents a proven approach to plan and prepare for "complex,
high stakes" facilitation projects, where the situations and
issues are complicated, and personal relationships and organizational
performance are at stake.