Although we are evolutionarily designed for collaborating with others when attending to our basic needs, the weight of the systems and cultural messages we have inherited interfere.
Many of us are doubtful that collaboration is possible or effective, and most of us lack both the faith and the skills to live collaboratively, regardless of cultural imperatives.
During the first four weeks, your focus will be on learning to notice ways in which you've internalized cultural messages, and how to open yourself to the wide vista that becomes available when you engage collaboratively.
You and Miki will also look specifically at the particular challenges to embracing collaboration within an organizational context built on competition and control. Each week, you'll focus on one key element through examples from participants' work lives:
- Why collaboration? Transcending either / or thinking;
- Moving from separation to shared purpose;
- Shifting from scarcity to creativity; and
- Embracing conflict as opportunity.