RADICAL COLLABORATION: Five Essential Skills to Overcome Defensiveness And Build Successful RelationshipsJames W. Tamm & Ronald J. Luyet
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A Transformative Guidebook Exploring The Power of Collaboration & Offers Practical Tools To Sharpen Communication Skills And Foster Successful Relationships
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The second edition of the essential guide, updated with new research and observations to help twenty-first century organizations create models for effective collaboration. It is a guide for individuals and organizations wishing to become more skillful at collaborative relationships.
Collaborative skills have never been more important. At work, you can’t afford to be defensive, hostile, or even too cynical. It’s never easy, but getting along with your colleagues or customers is imperative, whether you’re on a long-term assignment, a temporary project, or a virtual team where you’re connected to colleagues only by cell phone and e-mail.
Radical Collaboration offers invaluable methods to help you build effective and high-functioning collaborative relationships, as well as strategies to manage any kind of conflict that you might run into. At the heart of these methods are five skills that can turn anyone into a better teammate and turn any organization into an efficient and productive partnership.
This new 2nd edition of Radical Collaboration first explores the range of attitudes people bring to the task of collaboration and relationship building. A hostile, adversarial Red Zone attitude and a conflict avoidant, passive aggressive Pink Zone attitude is contrasted with a more effective and collaborative Green Zone attitude. Maintaining a Green Zone attitude is the single most important thing readers can do to increase their effectiveness when working to turn conflict into collaboration.
It is a how-to manual for anyone who wants to be more skillful at building relationships, both professional and personal. James W. Tamm and Ronald J. Luyet will show you how to gently look inside yourself for the answers, with page after page of thoughtful exercises and probing tools that will increase your skills.
The five introspective skills you will learn are:
● Collaborative Intention,
● Self-Awareness and Awareness of Others, and
● Problem Solving and Negotiating
It is a transformative guidebook that explores the power of collaboration and offers practical tools to improve communication and foster successful relationships. Drawing from years of experience in conflict resolution and mediation, Tamm presents a comprehensive approach to overcoming defensiveness and creating a collaborative environment.
The book begins by addressing the common tendency to become defensive in interpersonal interactions, whether at work or in personal relationships. Tamm highlights the negative impact of defensiveness on communication, problem-solving, and relationship dynamics. He argues that by embracing a radical collaboration mindset, individuals can break free from defensiveness and establish a foundation of trust and mutual understanding.
You also have to get what you need from the world around you. That’s why Radical Collaboration teaches a critical fifth skill: Problem Solving and Negotiating. Tamm and Luyet teach you how to negotiate using the highly effective interest-based approach to problem solving.
At the heart of the book is a theory of human relationships called Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation, or FIRO. It explains how unmet emotional needs can sabotage our efforts to collaborate.
How does the online profile work? When you get to chapter 7, you will be directed to a unique code number printed on a sticker on the inside back flap of this book. Take this number to the Web site for the book, www.radicalcollaboration.com.
Here, you will be able to take a free relationship profile called the FIRO Element B. This profile will increase your awareness of how you behave in relationships and give you information about your behavior in three areas that strongly influences your ability to collaborate. The test will measure how important control is to you, how important it is for you to be included, and how comfortable you are being open about yourself.
Tamm introduces the concept of the “Five Essential Skills” model, which outlines the essential skills necessary for successful collaboration. These skills include:
◆ 1. Collaborative Intention : Developing a genuine desire to work together and achieve mutual goals, even in challenging situations. Tamm explains how to shift from a win-lose mentality to a win-win mindset that prioritizes collective success. This is the foundation of all successful collaboration. When you have a collaborative intention, you are committed to working together with others to achieve a common goal. This means being willing to listen to others, share ideas, and compromise.
◆ 2. Truthfulness : Encouraging open and honest communication by creating a safe space for expressing thoughts, feelings, and concerns. This is the willingness to share information and ideas, and to listen to others without judgment. Tamm provides strategies for overcoming fears of conflict and embracing authenticity in conversations. Openness is essential for building trust and rapport with others. When you are open, you are willing to share your thoughts, feelings, and ideas with others. You are also willing to listen to others without judgment.
◆ 3. Self-Accountability : Taking responsibility for one’s own actions, attitudes, and contributions to conflicts. Tamm emphasizes the importance of self-reflection and personal growth as a means to improve collaboration. Self-accountability is about taking responsibility for your own actions and choices. When you are self-accountable, you are not blaming others for your problems. You are also not making excuses for your behavior. Instead, you are taking ownership of your actions and working to improve.
◆ 4. Self-Awareness and Awareness of Others : Developing an understanding of one’s own triggers, assumptions, and biases that can hinder collaboration. Tamm offers techniques to increase self-awareness and reduce reactive behaviors. Self-awareness is about understanding your own thoughts, feelings, and motivations. Awareness of others is about understanding the thoughts, feelings, and motivations of others. When you are self-aware and aware of others, you are better able to communicate and collaborate effectively.
◆ 5. Problem Solving and Negotiating : Approaching conflicts and challenges with a focus on finding mutually beneficial solutions. Tamm presents a step-by-step process for collaborative problem-solving, including active listening, brainstorming, and consensus-building techniques. Problem solving and negotiating are essential skills for resolving conflicts and reaching agreements. When you are able to problem solve and negotiate effectively, you are able to work together with others to find solutions that meet the needs of everyone involved. It is the ability to work together to find solutions to problems and reach agreements.
Throughout the book, Tamm illustrates his ideas with real-life examples, case studies, and practical exercises to help readers apply the principles of radical collaboration in their own lives. He also addresses common pitfalls and challenges that arise during the collaboration process and provides guidance on how to navigate them effectively.
So now, are you still defensive and fearful? Is that preventing you from collaborating? Use the exercises in this book to identify your habits, and then learn how to moderate them. You will quickly become more effective at work and at home.
After reading “Radical Collaboration” , it will empowers individuals to break free from defensiveness, enhance their communication skills, and build stronger, more successful relationships. By embracing the Five Essential Skills model and implementing the strategies outlined in the book, readers can transform their interactions, resolve conflicts, and foster a collaborative culture in all aspects of their lives.
The book offers readers a series of practical tools they can implement immediately to create stronger, more collaborative relationships and organizations. Readers learn to better deal with their own defensiveness and that of others, negotiate their way through the conflict that is inevitable in any long-term relationships, solve problems meeting the interests of all the parties, and build more collaborative environments and relationships.
In Fact , Radical Collaboration is an eye-opener for leaders, managers, HR professionals, agents, trainers, and consultants who are seeking constructive ways of getting the results they want. If you want to improve your ability to collaborate with others, I encourage you to read Radical Collaboration. It is a valuable resource that can help you develop the skills you need to be a more effective collaborator.
About the Authors :
James W. Tamm is a former judge and an expert on dispute resolution and building collaborative relationships. He is currently managing director of the international consulting firm Business Consultants Network, Inc.
Ronald J. Luyet is a licensed psychotherapist who has advised Fortune 500 companies for more than thirty years. Ron is a vice president of consulting and training services for Business Consultants Network, Inc.
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