“I want you to collaborate and leverage talent across the company to figure this out,” comes the edict from the well-intentioned executive.
People sigh, and then try to muster the energy for what will probably be another short-lived, unproductive attempt to work together in ways that seem forced. A lot of motion but no movement.
While we recognize the potential benefits of collaborating, it’s something most of us aren’t trained to do. Or, we try to apply project management or simple brainstorming approaches to something that is both more complex and potentially more strategically valuable.
What would be possible in your company if people leading important projects and major initiatives understood how to use proven collaboration practices and techniques? What if in two days they came away with a rock-solid understanding of:
- Why do most collaborative initiatives fizzle instead of sizzle? What one thing most helps maintain the sizzle?
- What participatory techniques and tools vastly outperform traditional problem solving – uncovering powerful “ahas” while also building meaningful relationships needed to execute the “ahas”?
- What common team practices no longer work? What simple practices do work, but need practice?
- What most inspires people to be part of collaborative innovation and change initiatives? What traditional assumptions about motivating people to participate are becoming less relevant?
- What signals indicate that people are stuck or skeptical – and what can you do to address those signals so that they don’t suck the energy out of the project?
- Who should lead collaboration efforts? What’s the one most important criterion?
Immerse yourself and your colleagues in a mind-opening workshop retreat that reveals these answers and changes forever the way you lead collaborative initiatives in your organization.
Led by author and leadership activist Lois Kelly, this intensive workshop experience allows people to learn and experiment with several new collaborative leadership practices and tools in a safe, creative environment. In addition to the rock-solid understanding of the questions noted above, participants will:
- See ways to connect new techniques with current projects.
- Find confidence to take on more challenging collaborative work.
- Put more focus on possibilities than problems.
- Replenish their creative, innovative spirit.
- See how leading collaboration is an essential leadership competency.
- Bond with team members in ways that build greater trust and shared understanding.
- Start the change.
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