How to Make Collaboration Work

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ReadHowYouWant.com, May 1, 2010 - Business & Economics - 360 pages
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Describes five time-tested principles for making collaborative efforts more effective, efficient, and even joyful Offers examples from Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, and communities to illustrate the principles in action Every day we work with others to solve problems and make decisions, but the experience is often stressful, frustrating, and inefficient. In How to Make Collaboration Work, David Straus, a pioneer in the field of group problem solving, introduces five principles of collaboration that have been proven successful time and again in nearly every conceivable setting. Straus draws on his thirty years of personal and professional experience to show how these principles have been applied by organizations as diverse as Ford Motor Company, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Harvard Business School Publishing, Boston Public Schools, Kaiser Permanente, the city of Denver, and many others. How to Make Collaboration Work shows how collaboration can become a joy rather than a chore-a kind of chemical reaction that releases far more energy than it consumes.
 

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Contents

The Process of Human Problem Solving
3
Involve the Relevant Stakeholders
29
Build Consensus Phase by Phase
56
Design a Process Map
89
Designate a Process Facilitator
121
Harness the Power of Group Memory
151
Facilitative Leadership
173
Collaborative Organizations
201
Collaborative Communities
231
Where to Go from Here
254
Additional Models
270
About Interaction Associates
284
Other books from BerrettKoehler Publishers
290
Spread the word
296
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Straus is the founder of Interaction Associates, Inc. He has served in every major leadership position, including President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board.

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