“People who speak of moving from talk to action are apparently not awake to the fact that talk is the essence of action. We are, in fact, deeply influenced by how we speak to one another."
~Bill Torbert, Professor Emeritus, Carroll School of Management, Boston College
About Collaborative Conversations
If your team or your organization isn’t producing the kind of results it needs to be successful, the chances are good that Collaborative Conversations can help. Our approach is human-centric. We begin by establishing relationships of mutual trust and respect. Then we align people with what they identify as important and give them the tools and skills they need to get the work done that they are charged with doing.
Consider that the success of any work involving two or more people rests in large measure on their ability to talk with each other. It’s fair to say that all work is coordinated through conversation, but only certain conversations coordinate work. If you don’t know the conversational flows that get work done, you can end up wasting a lot of time and you might be making costly mistakes that are avoidable.
Collaborative Conversations are designed to support innovation and produce results. They constitute the minimum viable set of conversations required for a group of
people to come together to define a set of mutually desired
outcomes and then to plot a pathway to achieving those
outcomes while also:
• Anticipating potential problems
• Optimizing each person’s contribution
• Creating a strong sense of team
• Bringing out the best in each other
• Producing quality results that everyone is proud of
• Fostering both individual and organizational learning
Whether you are embarking on an enterprise-wide
culture change project, or working on a much smaller scale
project, you’ll find your team will need to traverse the territories
mapped in the Collaborative Conversations wheel. This simple
map will help you tame the complexities of projects large and small.
Collaborative Conversations are at work in virtually every sector – government, for-profit, non-profit, education, and community groups – at multiple levels – senior leaders to line workers – helping them to create happier, healthier, and more productive workplaces where people can flourish and thrive. Contact us today to find out how to make Collaborative Conversations work for you.