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Collaboration Skills Training

Teambuilding course

Collaborative Thinking: Driving Teams Toward Better Results

Course Outcomes

This collaboration skills course will:

  • Provide teams with tools that encourage collaborate during meetings, decision-making sessions, and other gatherings where the group is tasked with solving problems.
  • Offer several conflict resolutions tactics.
  • Suggest a multitude of methods to spawn ideas, improve reasoning, and evaluate the viability of different initiatives.

Available Formats

  • One-Day Course
  • Two-Day Course

Course Overview

In theory collaboration sounds great.  In practice, working together can be a frustrating, time consuming, and aggravating experience.  This course provides suggestions for when and when not to collaborate.  It also offers concrete processes and procedures for building a collaborative team and working through a project from start to finish. If your team's thinking needs a tune up, this program can transform the way they work together.

Program Objectives

  • Articulate and buy into the benefits of collaboration.
  • Calculate the rate of return for working collaboratively.
  • Understand the lifecycle of collaborative teams.
  • Build high-trust relationships with colleagues and clients.
  • Build consensus.
  • Design a process map.
  • Manage accountability.
  • Overcome barriers that typically arise during the collaboration process.
  • Effectively run meetings and communicate the team’s progress.
  • Demonstrate understanding of over a dozen tools for viewing problems, generating ideas, and evaluating solutions.

The following outline highlights some of the course's key learning points. As part of your training program, we will modify content as needed to meet your business objectives. Upon request, we will provide you with a copy of the participant materials prior to the session(s).

Workshop Outline

The Well-Oiled Machine: Easing Friction through Cooperation
Just because you call a group of people a team doesn't mean they collaborate. Too often groups that do not collaborate create half-baked ideas, generate limited buy-in, or fail to take advantage of the group members' knowledge and talents. In this opening segment, participants will understand what true collaboration means and how they and their organization will benefit from embracing it.
Speed Bumps, Pot Holes, and Detours: Impediments on the Road to Collaboration
Wanting to work better together is not the same thing as doing it. In this conversation, participants will venture into the issues that engender dysfunction within an organization. From a focus on the wrong things to personality conflicts, this segment covers the hazards of leaving problems untreated.
From Flat Tires to Total Wrecks: Resolving Conflicts
Resolving a conflict requires understanding its components and sources. During this segment of the course, participants will learn a new way of looking at conflict and reviewing options available for working past both personality-driven and issue-driven disagreements.
Avoid Running on Empty: Fill Up Your Think Tank
To improve a group's performance, you have to improve its ability to think. This segment of the course focuses on techniques for improving idea generation, reasoning, and decision making. In this part of the program, participants will practice using dozens of tools, including advanced brainstorming techniques, affinity diagrams, scoreboards, diagraphs, and decision matrices to stimulate creativity.
Make the Connection: Jump Start Your Meetings
Bad meetings present a challenge for even the most well equipped and best trained people. This section of the program explores techniques for improving the process of conducting meetings and how groups work together. From establishing ground rules and norms to enforcing agreed-upon behaviors, participants will learn how they can transform their meetings into effective collaboration sessions.
Still Under Warranty: Practice Routine Maintenance
When not used methodically, good thinking quickly dissolves into the status quo. This final segment of the training will help participants plan a course of action for using the tools that they've learned and practicing new processes and behaviors that encourage real collaboration: better thinking, better decisions, better buy-in, and better results.

By the conclusion of this course, participants should have a solid understanding of the collaborative thinking process, tools to generate better ideas, and tactics for implementing the lessons learned during the program.

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