We all know what works in organizational collaboration…

Yet, even we know what works, why does great collaboration still elude us, especially when the stakes are high, or emotions run hot? There’s a subtle paradox at play that often gets overlooked: although collaboration is inherently about working with ๐‘œ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ , the success of our collaboration hinges on how weโ€™re working with ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘™๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘ . In the […]

Stop trying to change your colleagues. (It doesn’t work.)

ย  ย  A central tenet in my work with leaders and their teams is that we, ourselves, are where the real action is whenever weโ€™re working with other people. This applies regardless of our role or seniority in the organization. When folks hear this, I get many different responses, including: โ€œWait, isnโ€™t that kind of […]

Collaboration is more about you than about the people youโ€™re collaborating with

When I tell new teams that “collaboration is more about you than about the people youโ€™re collaborating with,โ€ I always get questions like: โ€œIf collaboration is all about working with other people, shouldnโ€™t we be more focused on them than on ourselves?โ€ Or, โ€œIsnโ€™t it selfish to focus on ourselves when we should really be […]

How to cultivate dissent in your organization

Better decisions, avoiding blind spots, stimulating new thinking, and strengthening personal commitment are just a few of the benefits of cultivating dissent in your conversations. But it isnโ€™t always easy to do. Here are three things that can help: ๐Ÿ. ๐ƒ๐จ ๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐š๐ซ โ€œ๐œ๐ก๐ž๐œ๐ค-๐ข๐ง๐ฌ.โ€When discussing important issues, go around the room or video screen to check […]

My colleagues and I witness the power of awareness

My colleagues and I witness the power of awareness whenever we lead our Full Contact workshops with leaders and their teams. As participants closely examine their own challenging conversations for the first time, they are ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ. Theyโ€™re surprised to realize that theyโ€™re often ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต doing what they thought they were doing in those conversations and […]

Want to perform better? Expand your Awareness

My colleagues and I witness the power of awareness whenever we lead our Full Contact workshops with leaders and their teams. As participants closely examine their own challenging conversations for the first time, they are ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ. Theyโ€™re surprised to realize that theyโ€™re often ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต doing what they thought they were doing in those conversations and […]