Building successful collaborative relationships is key for every individual, team or organization that wants to maximize its full potential.
When too many people in a team or company lack collaborative skills we call it a Red Zone environment, which is a very low trust, high blame, unsupportive place. People in the Red Zone are more guarded, cynical and suspicious. They are less open, so it is more difficult to solve problems. They avoid risk taking because if anything goes wrong someone will get blamed, so creativity suffers. Life is painful in the Red Zone. Red Zone behaviors and attitudes cost organizations a huge amount of money and lost productivity.
In Green Zone environments there is high trust, dialogue, honesty, mutual support, cooperation and shared vision. People are more open and honest and much better at problem solving because they are willing to deal openly with difficult issues. Creativity soars because people are willing to take risks. If something goes wrong, the discussion centers around what they can learn from the experience rather than who is to blame. Green zone environments help people to feel important, competent and respected.
Research shows that in the long term, Green Zone companies outperform Red Zone companies!
The Radical Collaboration workshop is a highly interactive training focused on skills that are essential to building and maintaining climates of trust and collaboration within teams and organizations. The skills are immediately useful and quickly implemented. Because the training is interactive and the tools are very practical, the program is ideal for a wide range of settings and educational levels.
A variety of teaching methods are used to enhance your learning experience and to help you put it easily into practice after the training: case studies, simulations, lectures, visualizations, self-assessment instruments, group debriefs, small group discussions, feedback instruments, work on real-life conflicts.
The workshop focuses on providing you with hands-on experiences to develop five essential skills for overcoming defensiveness and building successful relationships:
- collaborative intention: Maintaining a non-defensive presence and making a conscious personal commitment to seeking mutual gains in your relationships.
- truthfulness: Committing to both speak and listen to the truth, and the ability to create an open atmosphere where it feels safe enough to raise difficult issues.
- self-accountability: Taking responsibility for the full range of choices you make, either through action or inaction, and taking responsibility for both the intended and unintended or unforeseen consequences of those choices.
- self-awareness and awareness of others: Committing to know yourself deeply (your behavior, defense mechanisms, feelings, fears … especially in conflict situations) and showing a willingness to deal with difficult interpersonal issues.
- solving problems and negotiating: Skillfully negotiating your way through the conflict, that is inevitable in any long-term relationship, using interest based problem solving approach in a coöperative atmosphere.
This program is for all people who want to improve their collaborative skills and co-create a “green zone climate” to live and work in.
The Radical Collaboration approach has been used in a wide range of applications in both public and private sectors: healthcare, heavy industry, military, higher education, high-tech, pharmaceuticals, electronics, public sector, to international public sector organizations.
Some of the world-wide companies that used Radical Collaboration for training are Boeing Leadership Center, United Airlines, Toyota-BT Europe, Bokx Vastgoed & Ontwikkeling, Canadian Ministry of Defense, UsS Department of Defense, Sony Ericsson, BNP Paribas Investment Solutions, Nippon Express USA, Guangzhou China Chamber of Commerce, University of California, Scotiabank, United Nations, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Obama, Pfizer, Cheesecake Factory, US Navy, Brio Toys of North Americ, …
The program has shown strong research based results. The ability to build effective collaborative relationships and mutually supportive work environments (Green Zone environments) has a direct impact on organizational effectiveness.
One follow up research study tracked participants from nine countries over a six year period. In her report, Professor Mayte Barba, Director of Business Administration at Monterrey Tech University in Cuernavaca Mexico noted the following average gains:
- A 49.5 percent increase in effectiveness for participants in reducing their own defensiveness in conflict,
- A 44.8 percent increase in effectiveness at getting their interests met in conflicted situations,
- A 31.5 percent increase in effectiveness at problem solving, and
- A 26.4 percent increase in effectiveness at building and maintaining long-term climates of trust.
Another study tracked almost 100 organizations specifically identified as having adversarial climates. Based upon very accurate records kept by the State of California, researchers documented an average reduction in the rate of conflict of 67% over a three year period.
Research conducted by the Institute of Industrial Relations at the University of California, Berkeley confirmed that transformations from ineffective, adversarial, non-trusting work relationships into effective cooperative and trusting work relationships were the norm rather than the exception. Trust increased, communications improved, and working relationships became more productive. Participants reported that not only did the working environment become more collaborative; the products of their problem solving efforts were much improved. When surveyed about their subsequent long-term use of workshop skills, participants universally reported high follow up usage.
Collaborative skills are essential for ensuring long-term profitability. In their classic study titled Corporate Culture and Performance, John Kotter and James Heskett reported on the role that a collaborative culture plays on the success or failure of major corporations. The well researched empirical study, covering more than two hundred companies in twenty two industries documented that more collaborative enhancing cultures out performed more adversarial non-enhancing cultures by over 750% in net profit, over 800% in stock price growth, and almost 250% in work force expansion.
Radical Collaboration is developed by Jim Tamm and Ron Luyet.
Jim Tamm, a former judge for the California state agency that oversees dispute resolution for public employees, and a consultant for many years, has long experience in handling conflict resolution, especially employment disputes.
Ron Luyet is a licensed psychotherapist with long experience in building high-performance work teams and teaching conflict resolution and partnership-building skills.
see more: www.radicalcollaboration.com
This training is offered as in company training for new or existing teams or as open training for all interested individuals.
Duration: It is a 3 day intensive training. Follow up sessions can be booked to maximize the long-term positive impact of the training.
Price, Agenda & Location: see calendar for Radical Collaboration training
Hilde Plaetinck – HR Policy Expert at KBC bank, Belgium
“This training offers very useful insights in how to deal in a constructive way with all kind of possible interpersonal conflicts in daily situations with colleagues, peers, suppliers, your boss… and also in you private life. It reveals the reasons why you get blocked and also offers you the perfect recipe for solving the problem. Most of all, you really understand how you can influence others and get them in the “green zone” starting from your own “green zone” attitude. It can be a real driver to boost the internal cooperation within your company!”
Sabrina Linders – Manager at LINC-ON, Belgium
“The Radical Collaboration training gave me immediate applicable tools to recognize and deal with blocks to effective collaboration with myself and others. What a benefit it is to be able to apply the interest-based conflict solving approach we learned, even if the other party is defensive or doesn’t know how to deal with conflict. I strongly recommend this training because it is accessible and comprehensible for a broad public, both professional and private”.
Bruno Demolder – Marketing Consultant at MYLAN, Belgium
“I got a lot of insights about myself and my own defensive behavior. I experienced myself that learning to cooperate more effectively, what this Radical Collaboration training is all about, leads directly to more profit for the company!”
Peter Van Overvelt – Head of Technical Department at DE LIJN, Belgium
“I’m convinced now that having an open, non-defensive “green zone” attitude, one of the 5 essential skills we learn in this training, really pays off!”
Dirk Dely – Operations Controller at NV SNACK FOOD POCO LOCO, Belgium
“By improving my listening skills and becoming more aware of my own defensiveness, the Radical Collaboration training helped me to become much more effective in my work and private life.”
Tonia Bergmans – Consultant at CHRISTELIJKE MUTUALITEIT, Belgium
“I no longer avoid conflicts, but instead use the tools I got from this training to come to a satisfying solution for all people concerned. This training should be given in every place where people live and/or work together!”
Leen Van Looveren – Marketing Consultant at PFIZER, Belgium
“The Radical Collaboration training went much deeper then any corporate training I did before. Learning to communicate from a non-defensive “green zone” attitude and focusing on the underlying interests of both parties definitely helps me to solve problems and build successful long-term relationships.”
Francis Duyck – Managing Director at B-PARKING, Belgium
“This training has an ideal mix of theoretical concepts, practical examples, self-analysis and experimental exercises which makes the content very tangible and helps me to apply it immediately in a broad range of situations in both my work and my private life.”
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