Academic journal article Group Facilitation

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Academic journal article Group Facilitation

Introduction

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Welcome to the thirteenth issue of Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal. This issue contains a broad and fascinating selection of articles. The first article by Toran Hansen, The Virtuous Cycle of Social Support and Trust in Network Facilitation, investigated the impact of social support on trust in inter-organizational networks, and provides guidance on facilitator interventions to enhance group effectiveness. The following article, Mindfulness for Group Facilitation: An Example of Eastern Philosophy in Western Organizations by Hanne Adriansen and Simon Krohn, brings fresh insights from the use of mindfulness techniques for enhancing the outcome of group performance. Ryan Hartwig's essay, Walking the Tightrope: A Case Study of Church Leadership Team Facilitation, reveals several organizational dynamics that promote or resist facilitator interventions. It discusses key leadership challenges that facilitators must address and balance before effective practice can surface. The fourth article, Facilitator Withdrawal from Organizational Change Initiatives: A Review of Strategies and Guidelines by Nicole Janich, presents strategies and guidelines for external facilitators withdrawing from planned change projects in organizations. The fifth article, by Thomas Jordan, is Deliberative Methods for Complex Issues: A Typology of Functions That May Need Scaffolding. It reveals a typology of 24 functions from a range of methods for scaffolding group deliberation on complex issues. The final article, Online Facilitator Competencies for Group Facilitators, presents findings from my research with 60 practicing group facilitators from 13 countries who investigated criteria for effective online facilitation. A framework of seven areas of online facilitator competencies is presented, along with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to demonstrate them.

My heart-felt thanks go to the Journal's Editorial Board, the authors, and the article reviewers-all volunteers-who have contributed to making this issue possible. Each issue of Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal represents two major activities. …

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