Core Values of “The Skilled Facilitator”

Core Value Description
Valid Information
  • People share all relevant information
  • People share information in such a way that others understand their reasoning.
  • People share information in such a way that others can independently validate it.
  • People constantly seek new information to determine whether past decisions should be changed on the basis of new, valid information.  (cf.: XP principles)
Free and informed choice
  • People define their own objectives and methods for achieving them.
  • Choices are not coerced or manipulated.
  • Choices are based on valid information.
Internal commitment
  • People feel personally responsible for their choices; they own their decisions.
  • Commitment to action is intrinsic, rather than based on reward or punishment.
  • People temporarily suspend judgment.
  • People are concerned for other’s and their own good.
  • People appreciate other’s and their own suffering.

From p.47 of The Skilled Facilitator, which lists it’s source as:
The first three core values come from the work of Chris Argyris and Donald Schon (Argyris, 1970, Argyris and Schon, 1974).
Roger Schwartz added the fourth


Primary Goals sits at the intersection of three core ideas about communication:
  • Leaders create vision by communicating a compelling future to their teams.
  • Teams create success based on how effectively the communicate and coordinate with each other.
  • Entrepreneurial ventures are successful only when they communicate value to people with a concern that the business can take care of
In all cases, it’s about Conversations for Committed Results.  That’s our Primary Goal.  



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