- Tapa blanda: 328 páginas
- Editor: Createspace Independent Pub (17 de octubre de 2017)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1539633632
- ISBN-13: 978-1539633631
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The Collaboration Response: Eight Axioms that Elicit Collaborative Action for A Whole Organization A Whole Community A Whole Society (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 17 oct 2017
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There are extraordinary moments when people set aside their self-interest to take action that will benefit something larger than themselves: their extended family, company, community, or country. These moments are enormously important; they result from a deep and natural response to challenging conditions, a response that leads to solutions better than compromise. From Silicon Valley to villages in rural Asia, author Gil Steil has employed this natural collaboration response in leading summit meetings of all shapes and sizes for three decades. Within this book Gil presents eight simple axioms, which, when employed by leaders, enable the emergence of agreement and effective action in even the most horrendous of times. Stories that are true and surprisingly readable educate the reader about the social psychology of collaboration, and then the author shares genuinely practical tools for leading your own strategic planning meetings that elicit the collaboration response.
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Mathematician, Software Engineer, Senior Executive, and then… Social Psychologist (!?) Gil Steil loved mathematics, computer software development, and leading engineering teams, but higher management—not so much. In taking a leap into higher management Gil left environments where collaboration was the norm and joined an environment characterized more by organizational warfare. There were strategy wars, budget wars, and space wars (office space, not outer space). Fascinated by this difference, Gil became a serious student of organization dynamics and psychology. Out of this emerged an understanding that the life of a senior executive can be a life of living in the human fight-flight response, while working as part of a close-knit team involves the joy of something different – the human collaboration response. Gil lives in Ryegate, Vermont with his artist wife Cynthia. His business, Gil Steil Associates, specializes in whole-systems strategic planning and consulting – for organizations and communities where effective results require system-wide collaboration. Although headquartered in rural northern Vermont Gil Steil Associates has served clients in the Netherlands, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Malawi, the United States, and Canada. Gil holds degrees from Case Institute of Technology (mathematics) and American University (organization development). He taught for a decade in the MBA program of Rivier University, and was named Honorary Professor by the Nanjing Tech University in Nanjing, China.
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Anyone who has suffered through planning sessions based upon passive engagement speeches, power point, and the mind numbing boredom of static system design driven by worn-out methods and broken modeling will be refreshed by these thoughts on how our minds work and this guide to organic organizational planning.
Follow a path to the management of egos, goals, objectives, and outcomes where the results are truly more than the sum of the parts and participants have every reason to be genuinely excited by their — collaboration and refocused vision.
The Collaboration Response discusses the processes by which groups of people work together to solve some problem or to reach some goal. These processes are not trivial because the individuals in the group may have different interests that will not all be met in the ultimate solution. How do groups discover common ground and take collaborative action? The answer is not “by accident”, but rather by careful guidance and shepherding of the group by highly trained and skillful facilitators. Steil explains in great detail, using many examples, how this process works. His examples range from reducing the incidence of iodine deficiency among people in South Asia to musicians preparing a choral concert at a music camp.
Steil’s book is extremely clear and well written. He describes in great detail how facilitators enable groups to reach their goals. He proposes eight “axioms” that he believes to be necessary. Two examples: “a tangible purpose that is narrow and transparent” and “discover common ground”. Each of these axioms is presented in the context of one of his projects as a facilitator.
What I found intriguing is the relevance of The Collaboration Response to our present political and social morass. It appears that the people and especially the leaders of our country have no common goals or aspirations. Nor do they have much willingness to give up any of their interests or discover “common ground”. What Steil’s book shows is how people in groups, if they truly have a desire to solve problems, can work together to reach mutually satisfactory outcomes.