Organisations need to be fit to deliver in the face of pressing economic, social and environmental challenges as well as new technology that is breaking down traditional boundaries. Your organisation's culture needs to be strong enough to engage a diversity of people and flexible enough to adapt to changes.
We develop collaborative organisations that can share learning and innovation, manage differences constructively, engage people system-wide, improve well-being, adapt to constant change and deliver results. We do this by integrating our work coaching individuals and facilitating teams with broader programmes aimed at developing a shared sense of identity and collaboration. To illustrate our approach here's an example of a leadership and organisation development programme for senior managers in a large organisation that has it's operations distributed regionally throughout the UK. The key elements that contributed to increased collaboration were:
Each directorate team followed a similar process, receiving feedback from across the organisation as well as from customers and clients. This process spawned a number of cross-functional initiatives to increase collaboration and provided the early thinking and creative ideas for a new strategy and way of working.
This 'inside-out' approach - starting with the individual, continuing in the team and influencing the organisation culture - shifts the behaviour from silo working to engaging with the wider system and the collective focus from reactive problem-solving to co-creating the future. The principles and approach, as explained in the book Collaborating for Results (see side panel), can be used in a variety of contexts to develop leadership and collaboration between teams and partner organisations.
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Leaders set the cultural tone and influence the pattern of relationships across the organisation. They need to harness the power of relationships for competitive advantage and excellent service. To achieve this they need to develop as individuals, work in an open and collaborative way with colleagues and show commitment to this way of working in the organisation.
We provide leadership development focused on achieving collaboration, system-wide engagement and results by combining coaching, team development, relevant workshops and action learning as illustrated above. Our programmes support empowerment in a practical way, developing leaders in teams focused on real challenges and linking content to participants own experiences. They are also scalable in that leaders can transfer the approach and tools to other colleagues. In the example above, senior managers have subsequently led the implementation of an adapted programme across the organisation.
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Collaborating for Results: Silo Working and Relationships that Work by David Ian Willcock, Director of Liberating Potential Ltd., is available from Routledge publishing. Please click the image to read a sample chapter on-line.
'This is a practical guide to harnessing the power of relationships between people and teams in organisations to achieve strategic vision and to be future-capable in a fast-changing world.'
Dr. Mike Clarke, CEO, RSPB
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