Collaborative Leadership

Innovative Thinkers on Collaborative Leadership: Mary Parker Follett

Innovative Thinkers on Collaborative Leadership: Mary Parker Follett

Varina Patel – Fotolia.com The ideas of collaborative leadership discussed in the previous post seem quite new, and often appear as part of the “paradigm-shift” toward learning organizations and open government. In fact, one of the most innovative thinkers in this field developed and wrote about all this 80 years ago, from 1918 to the […]

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Defining Collaborative Leadership

Defining Collaborative Leadership

© Maxim Malevich at Fotolia.com What kind of leadership is most effective in building collaboration around public policy issues? Most discussions of leadership work from the top down. They describe the personal qualities and skills of the leader that inspire staff of an organization or members of a community. Effective leaders of this type are […]

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William Eggers: Transition to Gov 2.0

William D. Eggers introduced the term Government 2.0 in his 2005 book, and his research and writing continue to explore issues surrounding the adoption of new collaborative technologies. His broader interest is strengthening the ability of government to manage and implement complex public policy issues. That’s the theme of his new book, If We Can […]

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Implementing Agreements: The Ordeal of Change

Implementing Agreements: The Ordeal of Change

The real test of a collaborative agreement only begins when the changes it requires hit the streets. That’s when it gets personal. Carrying out an agreement usually means that particular people will have to do things differently, pay costs they’re not used to paying, live with new restrictions, new requirements. The negative side of change […]

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Taking It Upstream: Upcoming (Un)Conference

Taking It Upstream: Upcoming (Un)Conference

Taking It Upstream, A Green Leadership (Un)Conference, is coming up soon on September 25 at Pepperdine University’s Malibu Campus. Devoted to climate change issues, the one-day event will challenge the usual conference format by engaging participants in a variety of collaborative techniques. As its website summarizes: On September 25, 2009, the third anniversary of AB […]

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Defining Problems to Build Consensus

Defining Problems to Build Consensus

Leaders and managers who convene consensus building groups are often frustrated by the difficulty of one of the first steps: defining the problem the group is trying to resolve. Despite a stated desire to collaborate, many participants don’t really understand what the term means and may arrive at the table in anything but a collaborative […]

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