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Creating Collaborative Cultures

Creating Collaborative Cultures

Collaborative cultures foster durable solutions

Our capacity to collaborate productively with others—employees, peers, stakeholders, customers, even competitors—is swiftly becoming a keystone skill for thriving in our increasingly interdependent and diverse workplaces we’ve created. 

Despite the buzzwords, most organizational cultures lean heavily toward competition as the norm. These cultures are often fueled by a belief that a competitive environment will adrenalize us to strive harder for success. But this approach has limitations, especially in times of rapid change and great uncertainty – we need the engagement and cooperation of diverse stakeholders in order to generate adaptive, enduring solutions. The times call for our human capacity to be greater than the sum of its parts.

GLI can help leaders foster collaborative cultures. Collaboration is a sophisticated mindset, allowing people who work together to attend not only to personal interests, but also to outcomes benefiting the whole. Collaboration is also a set of behaviors, requiring practice and reinforcement in order to be performed skillfully on a regular basis. GLI can jump start a shift in mindset by helping groups explore collectively, in structured, inclusive, and self-directed learning environments: the nature of the challenges they face; the potential benefit of and possible obstacles to greater cooperation; and opportunities to experiment and practice — all while experiencing collaborative behaviors that foster strong relational interactions and adaptive problem-solving skills.

We work with leaders to identify targeted, high-leverage, and cost effective opportunities to embed and reinforce a more engaged, collaborative culture, leading to benefits that include:

  • Greater clarity for all involved about what is needed for the organization (and its people) to thrive over the next 20 years
  • Strategic, comprehensive planning that supports systemic success in the long-term
  • Inclusive, wise decision-making that benefits the whole
  • Fresh thinking and innovative solutions for vexing challenges that impact the system
  • Efficient, concerted actions in service of shared, measurable goals
  • Effective time management
  • Increased autonomy and personal accountability among staff
  • Stronger relationships and a heightened sense of collective purpose.