WHY THE NEED?
In our fast paced world, it’s impossible to be ‘self-made’ these days. We don’t just need each other, it’s essential we connect on a personal and functional level to achieve outstanding and sustainable “whole” business performance.
Yet often individuals feel they can’t make an impact on their own.
Well, imagine the results you could achieve in your organisation if everyone at every level realised their power to truly make a difference.
Dr Barry Oshry created The Organisation Workshop: Creating Partnership Across Boundaries to give participants a hands on, eye opening, visceral experience of that power.
It’s a one or two day workshop that will have everyone engaged in exploring the relationship between full engagement and brilliant results in your organisation.
Even the most cynical of your people will find themselves fully immersed in exploring this power, the position they play, and the potential possibilities for even greater partnerships.
Your people will be exploring questions like…
Why is the world of TOPS less empowering than we thought?
Why do BOTTOMS band/buddy together, thick as thieves?
Why do MIDDLES constantly burn out or check out altogether?
Why do CUSTOMERS keep demanding of you when you’re giving it all you’ve got?
ALL IS REVEALED IN The Organisation Workshop: Creating Partnership Across Boundaries.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON’T?
The impacts of these self-limiting patterns of behaviour are just too costly for both the people and organisational performance. With impacts such as:
- People are not understanding the “culture” of the place
- Departmental silos causing failure to capitalise on opportunities
- Misdirected energy, costing a fortune in business returns
- People waiting for someone else to take the initiative
- Lost opportunities, causing a lack of new product or service growth
- A growing “command and control” culture, because frustrated Senior Leaders are sick and tired of no one taking initiative or accountability
- Departmental functions doing their own thing and not realising the frustrations and costly errors they cause others, individuals and departments
- Customers unsatisfied because services are not coming fast enough, at the right price, or the right quality
- A lack of engagement and total disbelief throughout the organisation in any real future beyond today
- Worst of all, personal stress and burnout, a lack of meaning and a disempowering acceptance that nothing will ever change
- And a belief that these patterns are unique to their organisation and there’s nothing they can do about it
A BRIEF OVERVIEW
The Organisation Workshop: Creating Partnership Across Boundaries can be done as a 1 or 2 Day Programme.
At the heart of it, is a profound business simulation where participants are put into roles as senior managers, middle management, workers or customers.
Through this simulation, we discover what true partnership looks like, why partnerships break down and learn simple and practical strategies to work more collaboratively across the whole organisation.
It’s both exhilarating and exhausting.
The second half of the programme is devoted to applying these lessons back to the organisation with a prearranged challenge.
You’ll see huge buy-in and commitment to agreed actions, as all participants have an opportunity to share their ideas facilitated by people they know (who we have previously trained before the programme).
And it won’t be just this one-off challenge that gets solved, stronger collaboration will be the norm, further busting perceived silos and tackling other ongoing concerns.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES AND BENEFITs
|HOW THE PROGRAMME WORKS||WHICH MEANS FOR YOU|
|All participants come with their ideas regarding a significant strategic issue.||You’ll build total commitment to improving total organisational performance.|
|You’ll experience a totally engaging simulation||You’ll get content at a ‘gut’ level – the ideas will stick long after the programme.|
|The exercise is interwoven with both personal and team reflections.||You’ll realise and apply critical personal and team reflection as one of the keys to continuous improvement.|
|The key elements are presented in an entertaining fashion.||The energy created is channeled into solving your most critical business challenge involving partnership.|
|You’ll realise what you must do to lead from any chair in your organisation, in any role or position.||You’ll discover expanded possibilities and power to make happen what you want to have happen.|
|You’ll get to experience a different role from what you normally play.||You’ll truly appreciate other's work and issues and how you can better collaborate to achieve shared objectives.|
the human enterprise has exceeded our expectations. We had two excellently facilitated days where we learnt how better to understand each other’s pressures and challenges, no matter what level in the overall department. Now, back at work, everyone in our departments is starting to introduce what we have learnt. We have a new common vocabulary. There is a renewed sense of potential within the overall team and a feeling of greater optimism.
Frederique Hull, Marketing Director, Household, Reckitt Benckiser
We were looking at a way to increase the level at which our senior managers engaged in the running and progression of our business: taking greater personal initiative, and holding themselves and each other accountable to develop and deliver against a higher expectation of performance. The perfect start to this process was The Organisation Workshop as it quickly opened our eyes to the interdependency of our roles and the benefit of working more proactively together. The term “getting in early as a partner, rather than late as a judge”, continues to gain momentum in our organisation and is increasing the efficiency and output of work in our business. Certainly the empathy of one another’s functions and potential stress areas brought to life in the programme has led to a greater level of teamwork back in the workplace.
As always, Paul’s energetic and engaging style captured the audience from the start and got full involvement happening quickly – keeping attention, input, and the fun levels up throughout the whole session. Great feedback from everyone involved.
Andrew Clarke, General Manager, Mars Food Australia
My company has delivered outstanding market beating results for over a century. But the pace of change in innovation and social change is accelerating at a pace never seen before. We believe that if we are to continue our market beating performance for the next 100 years we need to form a more collaborative, cooperative mindset and not rely on traditional hierarchies to achieve great outcomes. I have not felt the same since I last played an exhilarating but demanding game of rugby. The Organisation Workshop is one of the best I have ever done. It was a nutrient dense energy bar of a training programme. I was shattered but in a good way.
The team are clearly realising the need to be more collaborative and have built new connections with each other. Our company is like many big companies. All our teams are committed and working with great intentions. But that does not stop us occasionally slipping into the silo mindset. If there is one immediate observation, it is that the silo walls are crumbling. Paul was great! High knowledge, energy, told wonderfully engaging stories that really do ensure the stuff goes in rather than just being another file on the shelf.
GM, Major Fast Moving Consumer Goods Company
At War Memorial we were moving into a Strategic Planning phase, The Organisation Workshop was a perfect way to bring the senior and middle management of our organisation together and set the scene. The programme was both enjoyed and appreciated as worthwhile. Attendees said they had attended many ‘workshops’ before, but not like this. There were many take away messages and learnings, with several managers coming forward individually after the day to say thankyou for the experience.
The programme highlighted the importance of partnerships and relationships in organisational performance and across boundaries, this in line with the current movement in Health towards partnerships and integration. The day was professionally facilitated mixed thoughtfully with a sense of informality bringing the most out of the attendees. With responsibility of the day as the Executive Manager, I was instilled with a level of confidence from the beginning that the day would be a success and of great benefit to the organisation, proving to be a great investment.
Gerard Hyde, Executive Manager, War Memorial Hospital, Waverley
Was I nervous about taking so many people out of the field for a couple of days? Sure! Was it worthwhile? Absolutely! The Organisation Workshop has changed the game already. In today’s environment, we are all thirsty for ways to better perform as a business. It provides a critical way to achieve better alignment, better performance, and better lives for all of us.
Tim Ebbeck, President & Managing Director, SAP Australia New Zealand
*NB: All roles and organisations were accurate at the time the testimonials were provided
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