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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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How Voluntary is Public Policy Consensus Building?

How Voluntary is Public Policy Consensus Building?

Image Credit: Ewe Degiampietro – Fotolia.com Voluntary participation is an essential dimension of mediation, consensus-building and the many other forms of collaborative public policy – at least in theory. But even with so basic a part of the concept of collaboration as its voluntary nature, the realities of practice can depart sharply from the ideal. […]

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Bernard Mayer: <em>Staying with Conflict</em>

Bernard Mayer: Staying with Conflict

Some Rights Reserved by Nicholas_T In his latest book, Bernard Mayer has challenged our thinking about mediation by singling out a dimension of conflict that receives too little attention. Simply put: conflict endures, and Mayer argues that the response to it should go far beyond the immediate resolution of disputes. Staying with Conflict is a […]

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Reuniting America 2006: An Example of Leadership Dialogue

Reuniting America convened a series of leadership workshops on major issues from 2004 – 2007. These sessions drew together 140 leaders representing the full range of political values and perspectives that dominate discussion of public issues in the U.S. The eventual result was to develop the principles of transpartisanship, an effort to replace the demonizing […]

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