Our clients work on challenging projects where agreement isn’t always easy. Many diverse people are involved, often with different ideas of the problem and the likely solutions. It’s complex and uncertainty is high.

In this situation authentic collaboration is the key to delivering solutions that are owned, understood and implementable. To collaborate authentically the team will need new frameworks, skills and tools.

Complexity

Problem: Everyone keeps coming to me with their so-called ‘solution’ but I don’t think any of us fully understands what the problem is

Solution: You know complexity. Lots of interconnecting issues and different opinions about the problem. High levels of uncertainty about not just what to solve, but how to go about solving it and who with.

The risk of unintended consequences is high and the best way forward is very unclear. You need a different approach. You need authentic collaboration.

Collaboration

Problem: “If we don’t bring everyone in on this issue we are never going to have them buying into the solution. We either solve this together or not at all…”

Solution: If you could just tell everyone what to
do and they’d do it, life would be simpler. 

But more often you need everyone thinking together to find the smartest, most effective solutions to the complex problem. 

You need effective teamwork across the silos to find a solution that works for all.

You need to collaborate, and that isn’t always easy to do.

Capability

Problem: “I’ve realised that there is a lot more to collaboration than I had expected. We really need to lift our game if we want to do things differently around here…

Solution: Wanting to collaborate is important, but having the ability to work collaboratively with others on complex issues is the key.

Authentic collaboration requires a new set of skills and new teamwork based on effective frameworks to get you working differently.

But most importantly, collaboration is about a mindset that sees the world differently and invites others into conversations you’ve never had before.

To tackle complex issues together you need the capability to think and act like a collaborator.

What collaboration means to us


Our unique framework we call the Power of Co™ underpins our approach to collaboration. It provides a simple, powerful guide to the journey from complex dilemma to lasting solutions delivered together.

With our help to apply the Power of Co™ to their problems our clients have co-created award-winning outcomes that are better than they thought possible, with ownership and implementation by all.

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