Collaborative Decision-Making Training

Learn the facilitation skills necessary to reach collaborative decisions that harness your group’s wisdom and embrace diversity and difference.

Need an alternative to the boss calling all the shots?

Most of us like to think that we can get along with others. And many leaders like to think that they consult with and engage their staff. But how do you know that you have made the right decisions and gleaned the greatest wisdom from the group?

Done well, collaborative decision-making creates extraordinary outcomes that transcend the sum of all participants and which no individual could have envisioned. On a more mundane level, it simply means our every-day workplace decisions are better, and we feel better about them.

It’s important for the individual, team and organisation are clear about who will make which decisions where and when, and what process will be used.  Professional facilitators like us are often called in to help resolve issues or conflicts where unclear or poor decision-making is a root cause.

There is now widespread understanding that, on important organisational matters, the most effective outcomes are achieved through collaboration.  However, putting this into practice is more complex than it sounds. See our article: Are you over the way decisions are made?

Why our training for your staff?

We deliver this training in-house, and can adapt the content to meet your organisation’s specific needs.

Our training builds practical confidence in your staff, so they develop an approach where everyone in the group becomes invested in the success of whatever that collaborative process has created. It’s not about just making a decision, it’s about the energy that is brought to life in the collaborative process and the quality of the decision that emerges from it.

We also offer this program as a public course if you have an individual or a few staff members interested (course dates here).

What will participants learn?

  • The big issue – where should which decisions be made, how and by whom
  • The principles of collaborative decision-making
  • Facilitating good decision-making – a map to get from discussion to decision
  • Different types of decision-making and their uses
  • Dealing with challenges in the decision-making process
  • Building a collaborative culture to underpin good decision-making
  • Our own part in good decision-making.

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Duration: Two days 9.30am – 5.00pm

Provided:  Delightful lunch, morning and afternoon tea, workshop materials and comprehensive resource: Collaborative Decision-Making Training booklet

Venue: Groupwork Centre Training Rooms in Thornbury (Melbourne inner north) or other suitable workshop space of your choice

Parking: Ample street parking available

Public course option:  For individuals or a few staff members. See our upcoming course dates here.

Facilitation services: Engage our staff for a complex decision you’d like to make collaboratively. Learn more

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Our approach to training

We create an environment where you can look at your work practices with safety and lightness. Our work is lively, experiential and practical – and fosters emotional resilience throughout. And we have a bit of fun along the way!

A large part of the program is devoted to practising skills using situations your staff members want to work on. We encourage them to bring real-life examples, and we allow time for them to address individual needs and issues faced in the workplace.

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