Rotary International Convention 2018 Savage Collaboration slides 90 minutes
Produce Better Outcomes
Rotary International Convention 2018
David B. Savage
Produce Better Outcomes With
Well Designed Collaborations
David B. Savage
We are living in a time when our organizations are faced with
increasing; complexity, speed of change, challenges,
differences in demographics, demands for our attention, and
As Rotarians and leaders in all organizations around the
world, we must make the most effective use of our human
resources, time and money.
Work is challenging. Volunteer work is challenging. Life is
challenging. And getting more complex every week.
Yet, we expect to be more productive and successful each day.
We know that we can achieve far more, far more effectively
and efficiently when we work together well.
But how do we do that?
1. To inspire participants to more successfully engage teams
and capture opportunities
2. To understand the 10 Essential Steps to Collaboration and
incorporate them into participants’ Rotary projects and
professional and personal lives.
3. Participants will learn how to design their projects, teams,
resources and assessments to create an evolving culture
that attracts people, resources and communities.
Produce better outcomes through
Who are you?
What frustrates you in your Rotary collaborations?
Why did you select this session?
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of
service as a worthy enterprise, and to encourage and foster:
1. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service
2. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the
worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s
occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
3. The application of the idea of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and
4. The advancement of international understanding, good will, and peace through
a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of
complete projects and
OK, we want to produce better outcomes
given the Object of Rotary. How do I…
Triad discussion: 5 minutes then one person report back
What are examples of
collaborations you think Rotary
can do far better at?
Where can we produce better
2018 Leaders Rotary Survey
What are examples of collaborations you think Rotary
can do far better at?
What is an example of a poorly
designed collaboration and what
should be done better?
Sample of responses
• “I was attracted to Rotary as they have immense power globally in the multiplication of
manpower and finance. However, it seems to me that many in the Rotary act ‘as their own
boss’… Their appears to be resistance to change from some members and this may not
allow for changes that may need to happen to adopt the next generation of Rotarians—and
I think this needs to be a priority.”
• “Often small, passionate groups of people band together and charge ahead but the balance
of the club could be left behind. The problem is always the passionate few doing the heavy
lifting but finding a key to keep all engaged would be beneficial.”
• “Our District Leadership team is comprised of the District Board (10), Assistant Governors
(13) and District Committees (5) which tend to operate in silos and not together as a
Speaking from your experience in
Rotary, where are we most challenged
in meeting our objectives?
Speaking from your experience in Rotary, where are
we most challenged in meeting our objectives?
What are the top 3 characteristics of a well-designed
Do you believe you have access to
a concise useful guide through
Rotary to help you collaborate?
Do you believe you have access to a concise useful
guide through Rotary to help you collaborate?
“...organizations hit walls of resistance (partly of their own creation) which
prevent collaborations succeeding. The problem is not with the idea of
collaboration, but the way many have attempted to apply it. The solution
lies in preparing your own organization for the change.”
Jonathan Webb, Forbes
“Collaboration is one of the most misused words today. It is thrown out in
conversations without regard to what it actually means.”
Rod McKay, ICD, HSFC
“Collaboration designed and performed well is an opportunity explore
interests, involve diverse perspectives, create dreams, innovate, generate
collective wisdom and capture possibilities that no one alone could.”
David B. Savage
Using Savage’s 10 Essential Steps to Collaboration, and excerpts from Rotary Leadership, readers will
firstly, learn a framework to access, evaluate, decide, manage, communicate and then assess projects
from the initial concept or request to the guiding successful, sustainable ad independent projects.
We provide you with an improved checklist to guide you and your team.
We, then, work through an assessment process to become more aware of your team and projects.
We provide an opportunity for future interactive discussion that addresses
your interests, questions, and hopes. Plus links to other experts.
Better by Design: Your Best Collaboration Guide,
a new handbook to help Rotary
How do you show up in the three levels of
leadership; self, group and world?
Do you show up differently in the three levels?
Reflect on the ways and behaviors in your leadership
that you integrate the whole.
Reflect on the ways and behaviors of business
leaders that do not integrate the whole.
Reflect on your beliefs on what the outcomes of
both approaches most often create.
What are you mindful of based on these
Howmightyou changetheoutcomes ofyour
holisticapproach to collaboration?
Is this some one you know?
Here is my challenge to you:
Each group to discuss one step
and how to do it.
5 minutes and then report back.
a) We are clear and transparent in our intention.
b) We have positively experienced the value of collaboration together.
c) We understand our RC’s/stakeholders’/ clients’/ community’s needs.
d) Our communities, Rotary District, clients, stakeholders actively collaborate with us.
e) We have a clearly stated set of agreed upon principles for working together that
reflects the ethics and values.
f) We have agreed upon decision making roles.
g) We identify potentially conflicting interests and address them.
h) We share information to encourage innovation.
Samples of my Collaborative
Leadership 360 Assessment Questions
Triad Discussions for 10 minutes then have one person report back
1. What is one Rotary project/ initiative that
you think will benefit from a reappraisal or
2. What is one thing you will do for that
3. Why does this matter to you?
4. How can we better collaborate as leaders?
5. What is one “ask” to this group?
Given our discussion today:
10 Essential Steps for
A Rotary Survey, and
Better ways to complete your
In this session, and in my 7 books, we explored:
Given our time together today, what is one thing you commit to do now?
Break Through To Yes!
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