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Guest Expert Workshop:  How to Create A Culture of Collaboration in A Stagnant Department

When: 12/12/2012
4:00 PM ET
Where: Tele-Workshop
Contact: Dorea Jackson

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How To Create a Culture of Collaboration in A Stagnant Department
By:  Deborah Pruitt, PhD

Being department chair can seem daunting but it needn't be. The secret lies in adopting the habits of highly successful groups to create a culture of collaboration that serves the interests of each faculty member as well as meets the needs of the department. This calls for a mode of leadership that transcends conventional management ideas.

This workshop offers that alternative: a cultural model of leadership that is at once accessible, easily applied, and reliable. Learn how to lead your department to create the habits that inspire people to engage while providing a structure for high-quality communication, efficient problem solving and effective mutual decision making. 
Specifically, you will learn how to:

    ▪    Eliminate the hidden barriers to collaboration in your departmental culture.

    ▪    Quickly establish a structure that keeps people engaged and communication open.

    ▪    Prevent the breakdowns and frustrations that put the brakes on outcomes and personal satisfaction.

    ▪    Keep people inspired around what is possible from collaborating.

    ▪    Increase your personal impact in all your relationships within your department and across institutional boundaries.

Deborah Pruitt, PhD is a cultural anthropologist and organizational consultant. Her applied research on organizational effectiveness spans two decades that includes grassroots organizations for social change in Jamaica and the Cook Islands, nonprofit boards and coalitions, small business partnerships in healthcare, as well as her experience as a faculty member and department chair at Laney College. Her latest book, Group Alchemy: The Elements of Highly Successful Collaboration brings this work together to define a practical and accessible model for leaders who want to build collaboration across teams and institutions. In addition to her consulting business Group Alchemy Consulting ( she serves as an adjunct professor at the Western Institute for Social Research in Berkeley, CA.

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