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Rational Collaboration Skills

Collaboration is the key skill set that drives effective teams to improve business performance. Collaboration can be much more than assembling as a team of different thinkers to do work. Done poorly, the results are half-baked ideas sort-of supported by some of the team’s members. Done well, the results are decisions better than anyone expected supported enthusiastically by all team members. Productive collaboration includes the presentation of different points of view and substantiation with data when possible. Effective tools help teams build and support great decisions. This seminar defines collaboration as the willingness and ability of both individuals and teams to build both great decisions AND great buy-in.

Turning 'Theory' into 'Practice'?

This interactive session will provide an overview and practice in collaboration to enable greater cooperation and strategic thinking. You will practice how to generate new ideas, and how to ensure they are effectively adopted by all members of the team. You will use practical exercises to understand the difference between internal and external collaboration, to ensure transparency and cooperation, while creating greater ideas to drive business results. The course is driven by practical experience and your needs, giving you the opportunity to immediately apply your new understandings and skills to your own projects back in the office.

Who should attend?

Directors, Managing Directors, Managers, Vice Presidents and Heads who are seeking to expand their or their teams' collaboration skills to bring greater value to the business.

Key areas to be covered in the programme and documentation

Day One

Common Collaboration Strategies and Tactics that Lead to Improved Business Performance
• Problem solving and how to bring together multiple opinions
• Creative thinking and its role in developing better tactics
• How strategic planning can create greater collaboration
• Scenario planning to increase understanding of the impact of collaborative strategies

Collaboration Skills and Fundamental strategy
• Improving thinking skills to develop greater strategies
• Intelligence vs. Thinking: How the differences can create greater solutions through collaboration
• Tactical vs. Strategic and differentiating between the two
• Improve vs. Innovate: Where is best to optimise and where to create something new?

Generating ideas
• How to exercise improved thinking deliberately
• Every idea challenged
• “People support what they help create” 
• Idea generating skills
• Implementing skills
- Project Management
- Leading teams
- Leading change
- Leading an innovative organization

Activity based on attendees’ organizational issues and opportunities

Day Two

Collaboration Skills Strategy: Why This Works
• Collaboration barriers
• Three types of thinking:
- Instinctive: you decide  automatically 
- Emotional: you decide based on how it feels at the moment
- Intelligent, Rational: you decide based on a comparison of your current options against your documented goals

Collaboration Speedbump and Roadblock
• BOPSAT:  Bunch of People Sitting Around Talking
• BOPSAT vs. Collaborative meetings
• Eliminate BOPSAT
• Shared work space

Activity based on attendees’ organizational issues and opportunities

Internal vs. External collaboration
• Differences between internal and external collaboration
• Creating effective collaboration and interaction between internal departments
• Gaining the best results by removing barriers to communication

Best Practices
• Be deliberate. It does not happen accidentally or randomly
• Build better options by comparing data to listed goals; best idea wins
• Build buy-in by being interactive and allowing team members to be heard
• Use effective tools to guide a team’s thinking

Benefits to you

• Think deliberately to collaborate, solve problems, and create new options to create business results
• Accelerate company improvement and innovation initiatives
• Select and use effective process improvement and creative thinking techniques to enable stronger collaboration and return on time
• Prepare your leadership team to see and act on the future, both near term (strategic planning) and long term (scenario planning)
• Turn good thinking into a deliberate and significant competitive advantage

Companies already benefiting include:

Citibank • AT&T • NASA • Western Union • Deloitte • China Innovation Center • Intel • Prudential • PriceWaterhouseCoopers • M&M Mars • And many others...

Duration of Course

2 Day Course

Course details

7th-8th November 2019, London, UK, PT4050

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"This course will allow my company to develop its existing strategies to a much greater and hopefully profitable level."

Managing Director, Tarmac