Today we need to effectively collaborate more than ever before. As colleague Bruce Griffiths likes to say, "a collaborative mindset is no longer a nice-to-have, it's a need-to-have to make sure you're able to understand and adapt to constant change."
In today's VUCA World (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous), collaboration was rated b y CEO's in IBM's Global C-Suite Study as the number one professional skill needed to be successful in a more interconnected environment.
Yet we know that most people don't function with a collaborative mindset that supports genuine team collaboration in the workplace. The typical mindset supports what we call group work, described as cooperating and coordinating with others. Because it's not in our DNA, the idea that people can switch mindsets on demand, like hitting a switch, is not realistic. This disconnect explains, in-part, why developing teams practice genuine team collaboration in the workplace is challenging and often fails.
As teams continue to grow, collaboration is seen as the key to success in today's hyper-connected world. The ability to deal with today's realities demands the application of a collaborative mindset that can harness the power of connections across the team's network to produce win-win outcomes.
We've launched The Collaboration Game™ to develop teams who practice genuine team collaboration in the workplace. The program is a one-day, highly experiential business simulation that teaches people how to effectively collaborate on teams.
Because many people don't function with a collaborative mindset, it's important to develop an alternative mindset as a first step. Collaboration's mindset is made up of a series of operating principles people learn to help team's perform. Next, people are introduced to a series of competencies for developing collaboration skills. Combined, they provide a new operating platform to apply for effectively practicing genuine team collaboration in the workplace.
The Collaboration Game is a one-day, experiential training simulation that teaches managers (and people on teams) how to effectively collaborate produce win-win outcomes.
With more and more work being done by teams, collaboration is critical to organization success in today's hyper-connected world. Why? We know that innovation, for example, is a product of collaboration and key to business growth - and it represents one of the last remaining ways to achieve a competitive advantage! The ability to effectively collaborate demands the application of a collaborative mindset that can harness the power of connections across the team's network to produce value adding, win-win outcomes.
Because many people don't know how to function with a collaborative mindset, it's important to start here as a first step. Collaboration's mindset is made up of a series of operating principles people first learn to help teams perform. Next, a series of competencies focused on collaboration are introduced for developing collaboration's skill-set. Combined with the operating principles , managers now have an operating platform to apply for developing (and coaching) people on teams to produce produce win-win outcomes.
The program uses the game of soccer to teach people how to lead with mindset to effectively collaborate. Why soccer? Played at its highest level, soccer is an excellent example of a sport with teams whose success is directly related to their ability to apply a collaborative mindset for producing a high level of team interdependence and optimize performance.
Using a board game, participants are placed on small teams whose purpose is to function with a mindset that supports the application of collaboration skills. Teams are challenged to discover solutions to a series of "business" scenarios that examine their mindset (and skill-set) for offering win-win solutions. It's played in two halves like soccer, with large-group debriefs after each half to discuss and solidify the learning.
The workshop is fast-paced, content rich and highly interactive. It makes a compelling case for developing teams who need to practice genuine team collaboration in the workplace.
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
Research shows that innovation is a result of large numbers of connection points in a network, that it doesn't emanate from individual people and it lives in the social network. In other words collaboration is the enabler of innovation. The workshop provides an added opportunity to develop teams for leveraging efforts to innovate in organizations.
The Collaboration Game can be customized to your industry or organization. For example, it has customized to the healthcare industry: The Collaboration Game for Healthcare. To download DATA Sheets - see blow.
The Collaboration Game is a one-day, experiential training simulation that teaches people how to effectively collaborate on teams to produce win-win outcomes.
Participants are placed on small teams whose purpose is to function with a collaborative mindset that supports the application of collaboration's competencies - or skills.
This program introduces an Operating Platform to help develop people on teams: (1) Develop - Collaborative Mindset, (2) Develop - Collaborative Skill-set, and Coaching.
The Collaboration Game is based on the award winning book, The Collaborator. The book introduces people to operating principles for developing a collaborative mindset.
Pictured above is one of the winning teams from a training workshop holding their "Collaboration Cup" trophies. YOUR team can be next to win the Collaboration Cup!
In the spirit of having fun in the training program, we offer teams the opportunity to participate in a friendly competition to win the cup, if interested.