Systemic Collaboration Design

Suitable for

Anyone whose success depends on getting diverse people to work together productively. This course is for people who are disenchanted with current approaches and frameworks for driving collaboration, team performance and organisational success, as well as for those who are looking for practical and robust methodologies, frameworks and tools for deliberately managing effective collaborations that boost collective intelligence for improved problem-solving, decision-making and execution.

Live online dates

TBD

Attendance

Part time

Location

Fully online or
Live online

Fee

Module 1: 350€ (+ VAT)
Module 2: 350€ (+ VAT )
Module 3: 450€ (+ VAT )

Programme length

Module 1: 2 weeks
Module 2: 4 weeks
Module 3: 6 weeks

At a glance

  • 12-week course split over 3 modules (see individual module overviews for details of content), each module being a prerequisite for the next.
  • The first two modules can be done via an online course with required reading, quizzes, individual and group practical applications.
  • The last module is an action learning programme containing 5 virtual sessions and a group practical application.
  • The group project is a vehicle for individual contextualised and personally relevant experiential learning.

Programme Overview

Module 1: Managing Systemic Collaboration (2 weeks)

Learn the Systemic Stairway™, a practical, reusable collaboration design that can be used in a wide variety of strategic and operational situations that you need to manage.

Training: virtual training (2 x half-day sessions) or an online course (10-hours)

Practical application: assignment submission and feedback/coaching session

Module 2: Designing Collaboration (4 weeks)

Deep dive into the underlying theory of collaboration and how to make collaboration work productively in a wide variety of situations. You will learn a practical methodology built on systemic principles that enables you to diagnose dysfunctional conversation networks, design productive conversation and facilitate intelligent collaboration.

Training: virtual training (2 x half-day sessions) or an online course (10-12 hours)

Practical application: assignment submission and feedback/coaching session

Module 3: Intelligent Facilitation (6 weeks)

Develops mastery of Collaborative Management and Collaboration Design enabling you to facilitate team and organizational effectiveness in complex situations.

Training: virtual training (5 x half-day sessions)

Final project: group project, intermodular group work, feedback/coaching, formal presentation and certification.

Course Structure

Module 1: Managing Systemic Collaboration: a systems approach to managing collaboration in complex situations (choice of format either: 10-sessions online version or 2-day live-online)

Description

Galvanising shared agreement around operational and strategic decisions is increasingly challenging, yet essential for personal, team and organisational performance. You need a practical methodology you can rely on for facilitating collaborations that allow teams or groups to work together intelligently, accelerate shared learning and reach agreement to resolve challenges, create strategy and accelerate execution of their projects.

In this course, you will learn the Systemic Stairway™ methodology, a reusable conversation design for facilitating and managing collaborations that boost collective intelligence, improve systemic problem-solving and creative decision-making around high impact priorities in a wide variety of challenging or complex situations. You will develop reliable facilitation skills for enabling any group to collaboratate and rapidly make sense of any challenging situation they face and agree on high impact decisions with solid commitment to implement.

  • You will think about how you deal with complex situations and your current approach to managing these types of situations.
  • You will explore the systems approach to collaboration, some systems thinking principles and tools, and do experiential practice on this.
  • You will work through case studies that illustrate practical use of the systems approach in managing collaborations in various types complex of situations.
  • You will work on practical exercises relevant to your work/personal environments.

Training options:

Live-online training (synchronous):

1-day option (can be run as 2 x half-day sessions)

2-day option (can be run as 4 x half-day sessions)

Fully online course (asynchronous):

10 lessons: each lesson is made up of one 20-25 minute video and a small quiz. Participants cannot move onto the next lesson until they have completed the quiz for the previous lesson – this ensures participants have understood the fundamentals of each lesson.

Topics covered in this course:

  • The Fundamentals of Management
  • High Leverage Decisions
  • Facilitating Productive Collaboration
  • Systemic Sense-making
  • Commitment Management
  • Facilitating Group Collaboration
  • Provoking Mind-shifts & Creative Thinking
  • Overcoming the Execution Problem
  • Learning from Feedback & Reflection
  • A Facilitators Powerful Questions and Collaboration Model

Module 1 outcomes:

This module will equip you to:

  • Unlock problems that seem overwhelming by finding the right questions to ask.
  • Use systems thinking tools to find priorities and drivers in any situation.
  • Collaborate with other people even when you have conflicting and diverse perspectives.
  • Provoke creative thinking and change limiting mindsets.
  • Create executable decisions and strategies that add value to your primary stakeholders.
  • Use your precious energy and limited resources for high impact.
  • Facilitate critical conversations necessary to implement change.
  • Practice the discipline of commitment management to overcome the execution problem.
  • Identify and overcome resistance to change so that your projects are manageable.
  • Use feedback to accelerate your learning and improve your chances of success.

Module 1 Target audience:

For anyone whose success depends on getting diverse people to work together productively. This course is for people who are disenchanted with current approaches and frameworks for driving collaboration, team performance and organisational success. This course is for those who are looking for practical and robust methodologies, frameworks and tools for deliberately managing effective collaborations that boost collective intelligence for improved problem-solving, decision-making and execution. Specific audiences that will find value in this course:

Facilitators and independent consultants, Coaches (executive, leadership, strategy, team, life, personal), Project managers and team leads, Executives and board members, Organisational Development practitioners.  

Module 2: Designing Systemic Collaboration - a systems approach to designing conversations for effective collaboration in complex situations. (Choice of format either: 10-sessions online version or 2-day live-online)

Description

Fundamentally our teams and organisations are a system of conversations. The success of your teams and organisation depends on the quality of these conversations, on your ability to collaborate. Learn how to design and facilitate intelligent conversation for productive collaboration.

Collaboration is approached and seen as a soft skill that focus primarily on personal mastery and interpersonal skills. While these soft skills are important, it can be limiting and often not sufficient to ensure collaboration. In this course, Collaboration Design provides you a unique perspective and theoretical lens into collaboration as a conversation system. We offer you a deep insight into the theory of collaboration and a practical methodology that gives you a hard skill in collaboration design – Systemic Collaboration.

During this course, you will learn a practical methodology (Systemic Collaboration) for diagnosing dysfunctional collaborations and designing productive collaborations that accelerates agreement necessary to manage in challenging situations. To ensure value add, we can embed the learning via a structured action learning application relevant to you and your organisation.

Training options:

Live-Online training (synchronous):

1-day option (can be run as 2 x half-day sessions)

2-day option (can be run as 4 x half-day sessions)

Fully Online (asynchronous):

10 sessions: each session is made up of one 20-25 minute video and a small quiz. Participants cannot move onto the next session until they have completed the quiz for the previous session – this ensures participants have understood the fundamentals of each session.

Topics covered in this course:

  • What are learning conversations?
  • What is the representation spectrum?
  • How can we design intelligent learning conversations?
  • What systemic framework guides conversation design?
  • How can we facilitate intelligent learning conversations?
  • How can we facilitate small world collaboration?
  • What are collaboration systems?
  • How do we facilitate organisational change?
  • How do we facilitate complex projects?
  • What deep insights must collaboration designers remember?

Module 2 outcomes:

This online course will equip you to:

  • Develop deep insight into the theory underpinning systemic collaboration.
  • Understand teams, projects and organisations as a conversation network.
  • Understand the principles and practice of collaboration design.
  • Use a systems approach to diagnose and re-design unproductive, dysfunctional collaboration.
  • Structure intelligent thinking via creative representation design.
  • Diagnose and design intelligent learning conversations.
  • Understand the principles and practice of formal and informal collaboration facilitation.
  • Accelerate agreement and commitment throughout the collaboration network.
  • Facilitate real change in complex situations.
  • Apply Deliberate Collaboration practically to your specific collaboration challenges.

Module 2 Target audience:

For anyone whose success depends on getting diverse people to work together productively. This course is for people who are disenchanted with current approaches and frameworks for driving collaboration, team performance and organisational success. This course is for those who are looking for practical and robust methodologies, frameworks and tools for deliberately managing effective collaborations that boost collective intelligence for improved problem-solving, decision-making and execution. Specific audiences that will find value in this course:

facilitators and independent consultants, coaches (executive, leadership, strategy, team, life, personal), project managers and team leads, executives and board members, Organisational Development practitioners, L&D and HR practitioners

Module 3: Intelligent Facillitation (Certification) - 5 half-day sessions

Description of Module 3:

When you truly understand organisational complexity, you realise why the pervasive solution provider paradigm is so unreliable, wasteful and risky. If you understand the theory and practice of Collaboration Design and Collaborative Management, you appreciate facilitation as a powerful alternative, and you are ready to make the paradigm shift and achieve facilitation mastery. Your clients and or organization needs this skill.

Collaborative Management and Collaboration Design are prerequisites for the Intelligent Facilitation course. You will deepen and enrich practical skills necessary for facilitating productive collaboration across a wide range of complex organisational challenges.

We emphasise experiential group learning on relevant organisational projects. You have the opportunity to become accredited in the Systemic Stairway™ methodology so that you can roll it out in your organisation and coach people around you in Collaborative Management and Collaboration Design.

Module 3 outcomes:

This module will equip you to:

  • Understand complexity and learn how to commission complex projects successfully.
  • Appreciate the facilitator paradigm and make paradigm shift through experiential learning.
  • Master action learning as a practical management methodology for “getting things done”.
  • Understand how to adapt Systemic Stairway™ to the unique reality of specific situations.
  • Gain skills in coaching Systemic Stairway™ and collaboration design.
  • Learn practical approaches to facilitating large group strategy sessions.
  • Tailor Systemic Stairway™ for your specialised role or profession.
  • Develop a robust facilitation model for managing complexity in your world.
  • Facilitate the creation of high-performance teams at all levels.
  • Learn how to tell interesting and valuable project stories.

Target Audience:

This module is for anyone whose success depends on getting diverse people to work together productively, Deliberate Collaboration is a unique methodology leveraging our special human ability to have intelligent conversations, the fundamental element essential to driving productive collaboration.

This course is aimed at practitioners who are looking for practical and robust facilitation skills for driving team performance and organisational effectiveness, as well as deliberately facilitating effective collaborations that boost collective intelligence for improved problem-solving, decision-making and execution.

Specific audiences that will find value in this course: independent facilitators, consultants, coaches (executive, leadership, strategy, team, life, personal), Organisational Development practitioners, L&D and HR practitioners who are in the business of driving individual, team and organisational effectiveness.

Unlike other teamwork and performance approaches that focus primarily on personal mastery and interpersonal skills, Deliberate Collaboration offers a practical, robust methodologies for deliberately designing and managing the interactive conversations and collaboration required to overcome organisational challenges and ensure project success. When collaborations are deliberately designed, you accelerate interactive learning, boost collective intelligence, provoke creative thinking and ‘get things done’ without wasting time, energy and money.

Deliberate Collaboration is a blended action learning programme equipping you with a comprehensive collaboration methodology comprising three modules. This programme is for people who wish to master the theory, method and art of collaborating in complex situations. At the end of this programme you become a certified Collaboration Facilitator. This programme will enable you to facilitate collaborative problem-solving and decision-making to resolve any complex operational or strategic challenge at a team and or organisational level. Facilitators can add a tremendous amount of value to their organisations and clients.

As a certified Deliberate Collaboration Facilitator you also qualify for our accreditation programme targeted at rolling-out and scaling collaboration capabilities within and across organisations. More details provided on request.

Faculty:

Dr. Julian Day, Systemic Stairway, Cape Town, South Africa

Mattieu Theron, Systemic Stairway, Cape Town, South Africa

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Christoph Raudonat

Managing Director, Business School Germany

 

Chris Raudonat is responsible for the business operations of Henley Business School in Germany. He centres his energy on the strategic direction and development of the organisation, programme sales and recruitment, communication as well as leadership learning / coaching. In the past he worked with a number of international non-profit and civil society organisations to manage their projects and increase their potential by assisting them in the development and implementation of their business strategies.

He is furthermore an executive coach, focusing on cognitive behaviour and positive psychology approaches and helps clients to become the best they can be by exploring innovative approaches to management learning both in practice and academics.

Chris is currently researching the specifics of interim leadership in the gig-economy and gig-leadership while engaging in a MSc/DBA programme at Henley Business School. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and holds degrees in Sociology, Social/Organisational Psychology, Law and Economics as well as an MBA from Henley Business School.