Many people have mixed feelings about collaboration. On the one hand, they know collaboration is essential to achieve complex goals. On the other hand, they know collaboration is a slog. People pull in different directions. There’s desperately little communication and even less follow through. One person ends up doing all the work. The result? Friction mounts. Projects fizzle. Great people walk.
Here’s why: Very few of us ever receive any formal training in how to collaborate well.
In this interactive session, Deb Mashek will draw on her deep experience as a close relationships researcher, collaboration facilitator, and award-winning teacher to reveal what you need to know to build healthy and productive inter-organizational collaborative relationships.
In this workshop participants will:
• Examine the meaning of collaboration;
• Reflect on their personal and organizational interests in pursuing truly collaborative projects;
• Identify the extent to which they and their potential partners have in place the necessary capacities and supports for feasible and sustainable inter-organizational collaboration;
• Explore points of overlap and tension in the mindsets, concerns, enthusiasms, and drivers of potential stakeholders; and
• Identify specific practices individuals and organizations can take to better position themselves to realize the promise and potential of inter-organizational collaborations.
You will walk away from this session with tools and perspectives to strengthen your current and future collaborative relationships.
About Myco Consulting LLC: Myco Consulting LLC (www.myco.consulting) provides advising and professional development to leaders looking to cultivate collaboration among diverse stakeholders in order to accomplish ambitious goals.
About Deb Mashek: Deb Mashek, Ph.D. is an experienced professor, higher education administrator, and national nonprofit executive. She is the author of the forthcoming book Collabor(h)ate: Build incredible collaborative relationships at work (even if you’d rather work alone). Named one of the Top 35 Women in Higher Education by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, she has been featured in media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Hechinger Report, Inside Higher Ed, Fortune, Reason, Business Week, University Business Insider, and The Hill. She writes regularly for Psychology Today.
Previously Full Professor of Social Psychology at Harvey Mudd College, Deb served as the college’s Associate Dean for Faculty Development and as the founding Director of the Claremont College’s Office of Consortial Academic Collaboration. She served as the inaugural Executive Director of Heterodox Academy, a national nonprofit advancing constructive disagreement on college campuses. Deb serves on the board of BridgeUSA, is a Senior Fellow at Claremont Graduate University.
Deb is the founder of Myco Consulting LLC, where she speaks, advises, and provides professional development to those seeking to cultivate collaboration among diverse stakeholders to accomplish ambitious goals.