Forum has been the secret of successful leaders, entrepreneurs and presidents for decades. This book is a complete "how to" guide and is full of practical examples and stories both for start-up forums and for experienced forums. Also full of communication skills that can be used with in the workplace and at home.
It's about trust
By James H. Mcintosh - July 22, 2008
Undoubtedly, this is a `how-to' book. More importantly, it is a very practical `how-to' book. What became obvious to me as I read the book is that Mr Fathelbab has defined his audience too narrowly, based on the title. I don't think this book is only for those leaders who want to start and manage a peer exchange group or forum. This book can help any group of people who meet regularly, whatever their purpose.
The practical tips and interesting exercises can be applied to many meeting situations, from monthly executives meetings to operational meetings to sales meetings. It will definitely help you to create a better outcome for that dreaded annual meeting, the ridiculously named `annual retreat' (surely you want to `advance'?).
What did I like most? Two things. The emphasis Mr Fathelbab puts on `trust'. In my experience working with executive teams and other groups, trust is the most critical element. Without it, your chances of creating and managing an... read more
By David Ingram - August 5, 2008
Mr Fathelbab has written an outstanding manual for successful communication between peers. The structure has served as a crucial guideline for me as a peer group leader. The book is excellent but so is Mo in person. He has come on site to our group on several occasions and has proven to be incredibly valuable to our success. I get great business value out of the process that "Forum" creates, and I have also noticed the impact that the process has had on my company and interestingly, my family. The concept of sharing experiences as a means of facilitation is very different than the advice model that I have received in the past.
Fostering Collective Wisdom
By Jennifer E. Sertl - May 19, 2011
For the past seven years I have dedicated myself to the craft of facilitation. I wished that upon beginning my journey I was handed Mo's book and a journal. I made every mistake one can make in groups. The wisdom and best practices shared are "spot on." What I loved best about the writing is that it was very respectful of all the different ways adults learn with peers. It wasn't promoting a specific method or company--it was promoting fundamental practices that are scalable in all peer learning situations. I felt as if I was having coffee with the author and he was sharing a narrative of lessons learned. The tone was personal and helpful. There is an entire section devoted the how to foster trust and build depth with people with excellent introspective questions that need to be asked. Don't read this as a text. Read this as if your future depends on it. After all, in our global economy extracting wisdom with others is the only hope we have to stay relevant.