Based on Ike’s newest work, Collaborating in the Workplace: A Guide for Building Better Teams, this workshop offers practical, step-by-step exercises that you can use to develop crucial skills to help you and your teammates connect with each other in ways that foster superior collaboration.
Participants will learn:
- Preparing for, practicing, and learning from difficult conversations so you can collaborate more effectively
- How stress can disrupt your connection with yourself and others, and what you can do to reconnect
- Powerful ways to listen (that go beyond what most think of as listening) to create a deeper understanding and connection with others, also to foster safety and clear communication, which are essential to collaboration
- Tricky workplace communication issues that tend to create disconnection among team members, such as interrupting, giving feedback, and being clear about requests
The Collaborating in the Workplace draws upon recent research on what makes successful and productive teams, while integrating Nonviolent Communication (NVC), a way of thinking and speaking that is particularly effective in reducing stress and conflict, creating connection, and improving collaboration.
Recent data shows that collaborative activities are increasingly at the core of modern business life, and that both business profitability, and employee satisfaction and retention, increase when teams collaborate more successfully. What’s more, a team that collaborates well leads to a collective intelligence that is more than the sum of the parts, and thus generates higher quality decisions and wastes less time and resources. In this workshop, team members and leaders will have the opportunity to learn the skills that foster successful collaboration. You will begin by learning about the Fight-Flight-Freeze stress response, as well as a vocabulary for naming needs and feelings, and learn to use the Self-Connection Process as your foundation so that you to help you return to presence and choice in situations when you are experiencing the stress response. You will then go on to practice communication skills to effectively prepare for and practice difficult conversations, make requests, interrupt effectively, give and receive meaningful and productive feedback, listen to others and be listened to, express appreciation, and debrief for resilience. You will practice using the inevitable challenges within the team as opportunities to connect, both with yourself and your colleagues, thus improving productivity and reducing interpersonal conflict and stress.
All of these skills make it more likely that your teams will thrive in an environment that encourages individual risk taking, where members listen to each other’s ideas, no matter the perceived differences in power within the team. The innovative team of the future is one where the skills of collaboration are vital to its success. This workshop offers the building blocks upon which collaboration will grow. Versions of this workshop are available as 1-, 2-, and 3-day workshops.