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Mastering COS Team Leadership


Mastering COS Team Leadership

For graduates of the Intro to COS training program

There is so much in our organizations and our nation crying out for a new way of working. As a COS graduate, you know that the Collaborative Operating System is a way of working that works – one that fosters engaged, productive teamwork and builds lasting trust among diverse stakeholders.

What's often difficult is knowing how to effectively introduce this new paradigm to others. Without even knowing it, most people are still operating under implicit rules and taken-for-granted assumptions rooted in hierarchy. If you’re like most of our grads, you find the things that seemed clear and obvious during the training suddenly start to feel idealistic and hopelessly impractical when you’re faced with co-workers who don't know what you know.

This is the catch-22 we refer to as bootstrapping. It’s the challenge of building ownership and alignment for this new way of working among stakeholders who don’t yet understand what collaboration looks like. And it's the biggest barrier for most graduates: How can I bring others on my team up to speed while I’m still trying to master these tools and principles myself?

Well, help is on the way! We are delighted to present our next course offering: Mastering COS Team Leadership. The intent of this course is give you everything you need to confidently bring people together and get things done collaboratively.

In this 8-week course, you'll quickly master the additional skills and essential tools needed for effective collaborative leadership. Participants can expect to gain the following:

  • Increased proficiency in operationalizing the COS Fundamentals and introducing them to others
  • Increased mastery of the key skills for facilitating collaborative meetings (Element 3b)
  • An understanding of how and when to create a team charter to build a team's ownership and alignment for all aspects of their work together (Element 4a)
  • An understanding of how to generate operating agreements that enable a team to collaboratively work together (Element 4b)
  • A road map to generate a collaborative plan for any change effort, large or small (Element 5)

The work of engaging others can feel messy and complex. We've designed this course to give you real-time, hands-on practice – both within the group and in your own work environment – so what you learn can be immediately applied to your real world challenges and responsibilities.

Course Schedule:

  • The course meets twice weekly in a teleseminar format from March 7 - April 14, 2017
  • One 90-min call each Tuesday from 12:00 - 1:30 pm ET, and one 60-min call on either Thursday or Friday (time TBA)
  • The course will pause from April 14 - May 1 while each participant completes an independent field project of their own choosing
  • The course resumes the twice weekly teleseminar format from May 9-16, 2017

Cost: $1,560

Registration:To register for the course, click this link

Please let us know right away if you are interested or want to know more. In order to ensure that each participant has our personal attention we are limiting the course to just 10 enrollees, so space is limited. We expect the course to fill quickly so don’t delay!