How to Make Collaboration Work: Powerful Ways to Build Consensus, Solve Problems, and Make Decisions / Edition 1

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Collaboration is an everyday practice that many people find to be a frustrating, even exhausting, experience. How to Make Collaboration Work provides a remedy: five principles of collaboration that have been tested and refined in organizations throughout the world. Author David Straus shows that these methods can help any group make better decisions and function more effectively. The five principles are: Involve the Relevant Stakeholders, Build Consensus Phase by Phase, Design a Process Map, Designate a Process Facilitator, and Harness the Power of Group Memory. Each principle addresses the specific challenges people face when trying to work collaboratively, and each can be applied to any problem-solving scenario.

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David Straus, an innovator of group problem solving, has developed five proven principles of collaboration for almost every situation. Throughout How to Make Collaboration Work, he demonstrates how these principles have worked for big businesses, such as Ford Motor Co. and Kaiser Permanente, as well as public schools and governments. Straus helps to turns collaboration into a positive experience that benefits everyone involved. Copyright (c) 2003 Soundview Executive Book Summaries
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576751282
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 993,272
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Straus is the founder of Interaction Associates, Inc. He has served in every major leadership position, including President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board.

Layton is the President of the Wallace A. Gerbode Foundation.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Power of Collaborative Action 1
Pt. I The Fundamentals 15
1 The Process of Human Problem Solving 17
Pt. II The Principles of Collaboration 35
2 Involve the Relevant Stakeholders 37
3 Build Consensus Phase by Phase 57
4 Design a Process Map 81
5 Designate a Process Facilitator 107
6 Harness the Power of Group Memory 129
Pt. III Putting It All Together 143
7 Facilitative Leadership 145
8 Collaborative Organizations 165
9 Collaborative Communities 187
10 Where to Go from Here 205
Resources 209
Bibliography 211
Additional Models 219
About Interaction Associates 230
About the Interaction Institute for Social Change 231
Index 233
About the Author 247
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    I didn't get anything out of it

    I read lots of these books for research purposes and this one did not give me anything I hadn't read before.

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