Collaboration Explorer in a group coaching session with UNDP Ethiopia

The tool enables one to speak frankly of where one feels one’s organization is at, and in a timely manner, it enables the conversation to shift to choosing actions, constructively, to be part of the solutions, not the problem.”

From: Nadia Waber
Subject: Collaboration Explorer

As promised, here are updates on how I used Collaboration Explorer for a group coaching session with UNDP Ethiopia. I found that Collaboration Explorer is a fantastic tool for group coaching! I’m attaching the agenda I used [below] as a guide.

What I noticed is that the tool enables one to speak frankly of where one feels one’s organization is at, and in a timely manner, it enables the conversation to shift to choosing actions, constructively, to be part of the solutions, not the problem. That definitely shifted the conversation!

Collaboration Explorer Session

Orange cards: Beliefs and behaviors around collaboration

  • Ask: Where is UNDP  as an organization at today? What is our current culture for collaboration? Each person pick 2 cards. Clarify as needed that this is about internal collaboration within the organization. 
  • Say: Make sure you go through all the cards carefully.
  • Ask:  Put the chosen cards in the middle of the group, mixing them around so nobody knows who picked which ones. Then decide together which 2 cards represents UNDP as it is now. Make sure you agree – do you really agree?

Next …

  • Ask: Where should UNDP as an organization be in two years? What is our desired future culture for collaboration? Each person pick 2 cards.
  • Say: Make sure you go through all the cards carefully.
  • Ask:  Put only the chosen cards in the middle of the group, mixing them around so nobody knows who picked which ones. Then decide together as a group which 2 cards represents UNDP as it must be in two years. Make sure you agree – do you really agree?
  • Discuss these Now and Future cards.

Green cards: Action cards for improved collaboration:

  • Ask: What actions will help us get to where we want to be in two years? Each person pick 2 cards.
  • Say: Make sure you go through all the cards carefully.
  • Ask: Put only the chosen cards in the middle of the group, mixing them around so nobody knows who picked which ones. Then decide together as a group which 2 cards represents the most important actions.  Make sure you agree – do you really agree?
  • Discuss these action cards.

About Charles J. Palus & David Magellan Horth & Steadman Harrison III

Charles J. Palus & David Magellan Horth are Senior Fellows at the Center for Creative Leadership. Steadman Harrison III is CEO of Global Outreach International, CEO of GOinnovation.com, and Senior Associate for the Center for Creative Leadership.
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