“Conflict is neither good nor bad. It is only the opposite of harmony and a stepping stone to creativity. We must challenge our concepts... so that negative fighting spirit becomes creative fighting spirit.”

    ~ Mitsuge Saotome - Akido Master

Collaborative Conversations

Include More Voices - Make Better Choices

Collaborating for Results - How Conversations Get Work Done

An experiential course that will change the way you work - for good!

Drawings by Nancy Margulies www.nancymargulies.com

Collaborating for Results - How Conversations Get Work Done, is a comprehensive approach to building the capacity of work and community groups to include more diverse perspectives while achieving more satisfying results when tackling complex issues. It consists of:

Embodied Listening - The Heart of Authentic Conversation

Four Conversations for Creating Relationships and Results

Coping with Wicked Messes - Shifting Our Focus from Problem to Possibility

Program Outcomes

At the completion of this course participants will be able to:

    ~ Consciously use their breathing to shift to a deeper level of listening

    ~ Effectively listen for the “future waiting to emerge” among colleagues

    ~ Convene meetings where all participants feel their time is valued

    ~ Guide groups toward making better choices that are supported by all concerned

    ~ Eliminate vast amounts of time wasted in unnecessary conversations

    ~ Identify ways to effectively include all the relevant voices

    ~ Tap the social intelligence needed to deal with paradox, uncertainty and ambiguity

    ~ Develop effective strategies for working with high systems and social complexity

This course is available as either onsite training or it can be delivered virtually over a period of several days or weeks.

If you are interested in either of these two courses,
please call us at 415-299-9652 or 415-474-1063.

©Collaborative Conversations

Developing the Competence to Talk About Complex Matters

You will find this course valuable if:

  1. You need to build coalitions of diverse stakeholders

  2. You work in, or with groups, that need to get work done, and done well

  3. People in your meetings keep talking past each other and are repeatedly encountering the same breakdowns

  4. Tensions and power struggles overshadow your attempts to create harmony and clarity

  5. You sense there is a better way...

Leading Through Conflict is a one day program delivered onsite that will give participants a solid grounding in the skills required to handle the majority of workplace conflicts. We build on strengths already in place and introduce a number of powerful distinctions regarding the various forms and patterns that conflicts take. Participants gain an appreciation for the role that conflict plays in bringing greater creativity to both teams and organizations.

The goal of Leading Through Conflict is not to repair conflicted relationships. Rather, we help people reframe conflict as a valuable and necessary part of any organization’s growth and development. Within this framework we provide maps of various conflict territories along with useful tools for specific situations. We use role plays that draw upon real life circumstances to facilitate skill building. We draw upon the participants’ daily life and their innate strengths to make the work personally relevant. Our goal is to help people discover their own personal, powerful and sustainable response to conflict.

Leading Through Conflict - Uncovering Surprising Solutions

Is conflict holding you back or moving you forward?

Conflict is a social-emotional phenomena and as such, requires that we engage the whole person. Our approach includes somatic practices, right-brain activities, short lectures, and partner and small group exercises to ensure that the learning is multi-modal, interesting, memorable and most of all, practical.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of this course participants will be able to:

~ Distinguish between five levels of conflict and develop strategies for each one

~ Understand how they get personally “hooked in” and how to get back out

~ Effectively intervene in early conflict stages preventing bigger problems later on

~ Express their emotions in a powerful and responsible manner

~ Develop practices to keep themselves grounded and receptive to differences

    ~ Begin to use conflict as a means to build stronger relationships