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GovernmentCollaborate to Create Community
Cross-functional teams in Government are nothing new. Over my years working within Government, and as a contractor for Government, I’ve heard them called many things such as “Swat Teams," “Tiger Teams,” and “Special Project Units” just to name a few. Whatever you call your cross-functional team, they can bring both powerful synergy and destructive conflict to an organization. As you set up your cross-functional team, here are three simple things you can do to bolster its success.
I want to share some new thoughts on the Generative Engagement model . In collaboration with Jennifer Jones-Patulli, we have recently explored the use of this model in detail in two types of Adaptive Action Labs – one focused on dealing with conflict , and another focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion . In both cases, we use Generative Engagement as a model and method to explore tensions that emerge when people interact. In this post, I will share content from the second adaptive action lab plus a timely application next week where your feedback is welcome!
Build Adaptive Capacity
What? Recently I worked with a group of organizational leaders who bring disparate groups together to collaborate on political and social issues. One of the challenges they face is helping their client groups define how they will make decisions together, ensuring adequate representation of their individual constituencies. Among this group, their largest question was about how they decide about engaging others and then make their intensions clear. In that conversation I shared four options for effective shared decision making.
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