“The Art and Science of Facilitation” by Marsha Acker

The Art & Science of Facilitation: How to Lead Effective Collaboration with Agile Teams by Marsha Acker was a great book chosen by Paul.

It uncovers the true meaning and importance of facilitation. One of the most important lessons we took from it was: the success of any facilitation is more about who you are and how you are being in the room than it is about what tool or technique you use.

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In the second part of this month’s podcast, our hosts welcome Marsha Acker, the author of The Art and Science of Facilitation

About the book

Have you ever felt unsure how to help a team that was spinning in circles? Or wanted to flee a room with a high-conflict group? If you lead teams of any size, chances are you have been a facilitator at some point. But what does it mean to be a facilitator?

While sticky notes, dot voting, and gathering people around a whiteboard are all helpful activities, they can only take us so far. The Art & Science of Facilitation is your guide to moving your team further forward using the groundbreaking Five Guiding Principles of the Facilitation Stance. You will learn to lead teams toward effective collaboration by inviting different points of view (even when it creates conflict), remaining unbiased in high-stakes meetings, understanding what the group needs, and navigating difficult interpersonal dynamics.

This book is for anyone ready to lead with self-awareness and group insight, and to help their teams work more efficiently and effectively in a truly collaborative environment. “Every voice in an organization matters, and Marsha shows us how to hear each one.” – Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen, authors of Difficult Conversations and Thanks for the FeedbackMarsha Acker is a professional facilitator, executive, and team coach. The founder and CEO of Team Catapult, she uses systems thinking, structural dynamics, dialogue, and agility to help teams collaborate and align with clarity, purpose, and vision.

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About the authors

MARSHA ACKER is a professional facilitator, executive, and team coach. The founder and CEO of TeamCatapult, she uses systems thinking, structural dynamics, dialogue, and agility to help teams collaborate and align with clarity, purpose, and vision.

Marsha is a facilitator of meaningful conversations, a host of dialogue, and a passionate agilist. Through her keynotes, books, workshop, and leadership coaching, she empowers people to grow their leadership range and show up authentically in their lives and work.

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