When you hire
Integrations you engage with a partnership that models and
practices effective and accountable teaming and communication.
We work as a team with your team.
Our vision is
to foster the transformation of vision and dreams into dynamic realities.
Our mission is
to model and advocate clear,
accountable, and transparent relationships.
"This is one of those trainings that you realize at the end of the week that you
want to learn
and you have just gained a tremendous amount of knowledge."
Ranger, US Forest Service
Creating Productive Relationships with People and the Land"
Collaboration, as a concept, has become widely accepted as a
preferred way of working with people
who have different interests and viewpoints. As recently as a
decade ago that was not the case.
While most of us recognize the value of working together
rather than continuing to argue and fight,
few have studied about it, or been trained in the skills to actually lead such
Collaboration is a complex process that requires skills and insights that are in
many ways counter to
societal norms. It requires learning to listen in different
ways and for different things as people talk.
It requires enlisting people to co-create something that is
of interest to many, rather than figuring
out what each person/group has to give up so that everyone
can “live with” the result. It requires
learning to ignore entrenched positions and debates and how
to draw out interests and create dialogue.
It requires understanding that conflict is almost always rooted in paradox
and that the way forward is
in the realm of “grey” when most
people want to turn issues into black-and-white choices that
Solomon would want to avoid!
The workshop we offer emphasizes “real life” applications more than theoretical
precepts, and weaves
together the concepts of leadership, facilitation, group development,
working with diverse personalities,
and conflict resolution… in addition to the topics listed above. During this
interactive course individuals
learn ways to effectively work co-creatively with people of strong and diverse interests.
Building Collaborative Relationships is designed for those committed to
initiating, participating in, and/or
leading new ways of managing natural resources.
(For those interested in
internal collaboration, please refer to Team
We are nationally recognized as
teachers and facilitators in the realm of collaboration. There is
growing understanding that traditional training presentations do not provide
effective means for most people to learn collaborative skills, affirming that
the “training” for
collaboration is best provided though experiential learning. We believe that to be true.
Experience is the primary way we
learned both to “teach” and lead collaborative efforts.
“I learned how to listen with
to identify the difference between positions and interests.”
“It is one thing to hear someone talk about leading in a certain
way, and something
else to participate in a group where collaborative leadership
is being practiced.
Hearing and seeing the language and actions reinforced for me their effectiveness.
helped me listen to what people say, hear how I respond, and reflect on how
people react to my words and actions. … I believe you offer a program which is
a working example of what you are teaching, and
promotes active participation by the group participants.”
“Your instruction on a complex
topic is both sophisticated in its coverage,
and plain and simple enough to be
cannot imagine a discipline that could not benefit from this workshop
– I found this
This is the training I've wanted for years."
it were up to me,
every person in our agency would attend your workshop."