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Workshop: The Art of Collaboration
“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
- George Bernard Shaw
Our ability to co-create collaborative conversations with our colleagues, leaders, followers, and clients is instrumental to creating positive experiences, fulfilling career choices, and impactful work projects. The challenge is that humans interpret the same data and signals quite differently. Our diversity in perspectives, experiences, and needs can create opportunities for misunderstanding, limit career advancement, and discourage collaborative thinking.
Ultimately, people work at their best when they work with people that they like, who are inclusive of their perspective – and on a more human level – make them feel good about their energy investment.
The target audience is practically any professional from the water sector, regardless of experience. The whole point of the workshop is to be able to collaborate with someone of a different experience level, professional / personal / cultural experience, and technical background
Workshop Series – An Outline
This workshop series is designed to create a collaborative environment by learning how to foster trust. Trust is fostered when we say what we mean, when we align what we mean (our Intent) with what is understood (our Impact) by our counterpart, and doing what we say (action).
In Part 1, participants will focus on the Self – how do they currently communicate, and how does it impact others? They will gain a better understanding of how their technical background, organizational needs, and personal patterns impacts how they communicate and act. Participants will learn how to self-manage tendencies that get in the way of fostering trust in the people we interact with, and help their team members understand how to get the best out of them – it need not be a guessing game!
In Part 2, participants will focus on being a member of a larger group dynamic – a “We” mindset, instead of a “Me”-focused approach. In this workshop, we apply the lessons from Part 1, and see team collaboration as a systems-thinking approach. As a group, teams will learn how to better self-regulate collectively – every team member is uniquely responsible to helping maintain trust, accountability and productivity in the group. Participants will learn how to handle difficult conversations, create distinct team member roles, and empower others.
Presenters: Alvin Pilobello
- Member $75.00 + gst (all current AWWA, AWWOA, MSSA, MWWA, NTWWA. SWWA, and WEF members)
- Non-member $100.00 + gst
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