Course Description: Breaking Down Barriers to Effective Collaboration

Purpose of this course:  To selectively break down silos, fortresses, and other obstacles to enjoy the benefits of effective and productive collaboration.

Why?  To achieve the great things not possible when we work alone.

Coordination is just acting together, harmoniously, in a concerted manner.  Collaboration takes advantages of differences and gets to a whole new level … key to true innovation, working jointly toward synergies and mutual benefit.  When the work deserves it, done skillfully, it can become “coliberation.”

Collaboration takes time, and beware: Collaboration can also waste time, undermine performance, destroy value, … frustrate and annoy.  Knowing when to ensure that collaboration partners have the authority and mutual accountability to ensure that collaboration is productive, know which silos to leave alone … allows participants to confidently work together to mutual benefit.

What Participants Will Learn

Using the latest neuroscience applied to business communication and learning, participants will build on existing strengths to discover:

1. When and how to collaborate vs. when to work separately

Wisely invest in collaboration only when the situation deserves it.

2. Know which silos to tackle, which to respect

Strengthen your resolve to collaborate across silos, counter-incentives, unwilling partners, cultural gaps, attitudinal chasms.

3. Identify trustworthy collaboration partners more quickly

Better allocation of time, less wasted time, less trial and error.

  • Learn the 7 C’s of effective collaboration
  • Three types of barriers that get in the way of collaboration with others
  • Being assertive without being obnoxious:  How can you move things forward quickly without stepping on toes
  • When NOT to collaboration
  • Requests and Agreements — The “language of agreement” to head toward the integrity of being one’s word, making agreements clear and unambiguous and avoiding power struggles
  • Holding accountable to agreements — the gentle art of confrontation (speaking directly to an issue or problem) without causing defensiveness
  • Creative ways of dealing with differences, handling resistance and negativity in others
  • Practice applying six strategies to break down barriers, foster cooperation, collaboration, and synergy

Course Length

2 – 16 hours total classroom time.

Delivery options: (a) 1-4 half-day modules, or as part of a series on related topics; or
(b) 1-2 day intensive (6-8 classroom hours per session).