Chapter 9

Taking the Pulse of the Group

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie—deliberate, contrived, and dishonest—but the myth—persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.

JOHN F. KENNEDY

One of the differences between training and facilitation is that training assumes a transfer of skill and knowledge and facilitation assumes an awakening of skill and knowledge. To facilitate dialogue is to facilitate the awakening of a group, so group members may discard counterproductive habits that hamper their innate capacity to learn, develop, and co-create. How many different methods exist to wake someone up? How do you wake up your spouse? Your kids? Your parents? It depends, right? My dog is the sweetest animal in the world, but if he is ...

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