Collaborative leadership

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A presentation by David Archer for the APM South East branch event 'Leadership in 3PM' on Wednesday 23rd October, in Crawley

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Collaborative leadership

  1. 1. Collaborative Leadership - Delivering results across boundaries David Archer Socia Ltd. © David Archer – Socia Ltd 2013
  2. 2. London 2012 a triumph of collaborative leadership… But what is the best example?
  3. 3. The human dilemma • Our brains have evolved with the capabilities needed to collaborate and to compete – to be social animals and to be soldiers • These capabilities evolved at a time when they were used to: – cooperate within a tribe – compete with other tribes Ants have had 60M years+ to refine their social capabilities – Homo sapiens have had < 100k years See – The Social Conquest of Earth By E O Wilson © David Archer – Socia Ltd 2013
  4. 4. Interdependence No man is an island We live in an increasingly connected world – leaders need to face the inevitability of interdependence It wasn’t always like that… © David Archer – Socia Ltd 2013
  5. 5. Vertical integrated organisation > Control Networked organisation > Flexibility + Interdependence © David Archer – Socia Ltd 2013
  6. 6. Today… ecosystems, multi-party networks and the threat of contagion! Collaboration is not a moral choice – but sometimes it is a business necessity © David Archer – Socia Ltd 2013
  7. 7. Risks multiply across boundaries © David Archer – Socia Ltd 2013
  8. 8. A model to help leaders manage successful collaborative relationships
  9. 9. The spectrum of collaboration 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 mutual Close All objectives the same Loyal to the group Lots of time together symbiotic permanent team “They are really one of us” partnership Distant Separate business objectives Loyal to my employer Little time together transactional customer supplier “They give us a good deal” © David Archer – Socia Ltd 2013
  10. 10. Points of interdependence © David Archer – Socia Ltd 2013
  11. 11. Points of interdependence • The greater the degree of collaboration, the more frequent and significant are the points of interdependence • + the further to the left the relationship sits on the spectrum of collaboration • Parties act independently outside these points - to meet agreed goals • However the actions of one party may affect the reputation of all © David Archer – Socia Ltd 2013
  12. 12. Three foundations of collaboration Collaboration Governance Behaviours Operations © David Archer – Socia Ltd 2013
  13. 13. Three foundations of collaboration • Governance • Operations • Behaviours • By Governance we mean the ways contracts are written, accountabilities are set and decisions are made • By Operations we mean the processes by which things get done, progress is measured and information/learning is shared • By Behaviours we mean the way that leaders act as role models and people work together to produce joint results © David Archer – Socia Ltd 2013
  14. 14. What do we have to manage? Three foundations of collaboration symbiotic permanent team mutual partnership transactional customer supplier The spectrum of collaboration © David Archer – Socia Ltd 2013
  15. 15. What do we have to manage? Three foundations of collaboration contract & governance symbiotic permanent team mutual partnership transactional customer supplier The spectrum of collaboration © David Archer – Socia Ltd 2013
  16. 16. What do we have to manage? Three foundations of collaboration individual & group behaviours symbiotic permanent team mutual partnership transactional customer supplier The spectrum of collaboration © David Archer – Socia Ltd 2013
  17. 17. What do we have to manage? Three foundations of collaboration individual & group behaviours operations – process & systems contract & governance symbiotic permanent team mutual partnership transactional customer supplier The spectrum of collaboration © David Archer – Socia Ltd 2013
  18. 18. Three foundations of collaboration Relationships at different points on the spectrum of collaboration require a different degree of leadership focus on Governance, Operations and Behaviours © David Archer – Socia Ltd 2013
  19. 19. So what does all this mean for project managers…?
  20. 20. Collaborative Leadership In this interconnected world, people delivering projects across boundaries face the needs to: – Build relationships – Handle conflict – Share control © David Archer – Socia Ltd 2013
  21. 21. New skills? 6 attributes of a collaborative leader • Agility • Patience • Empathy • Mediation • Influencing • Engaging others Abraham Lincoln “A Team of Rivals” © David Archer – Socia Ltd 2013
  22. 22. Collaboration in a changing world is… a process of Co-evolution Giant hawk moth You can’t do it on your own Yucca moth © David Archer – Socia Ltd 2013
  23. 23. And finally...
  24. 24. The collaborative leader - a 10 point manifesto 1. Seek out conflict early - address it openly and with confidence 2. Don’t expect your partners to have the same objectives as yourself – but look for the common ground 3. Understand that collaboration is not a zero sum game but if you want others to invest in your success you must invest in theirs 4. Value and use diversity – both within your organisation and between you and your partners 5. Only get as close and collaborate as much as the situation demands - collaboration is not a moral choice… © David Archer – Socia Ltd 2013
  25. 25. The collaborative leader - a 10 point manifesto continued 6. Look to the long-term in relationships – and combine patience with agility 7. Listen hard – and then show you have understood what you heard 8. Be clear where the significant ‘points of interdependence’ are in a relationship – you can’t control everything 9. Engage others in your mission to be a collaborative leader – you can’t be a collaborative leader on your own 10. Be authentic in all you do – people need to know that what they see is what they get. © David Archer – Socia Ltd 2013
  26. 26. But remember a shift of power can change the whole collaboration game © David Archer – Socia Ltd 2013
  27. 27. Questions © David Archer – Socia Ltd 2013
  28. 28. Socia (f socius) – Latin ~ partner, companion, associate, from societas – fellowship: implying union for a common purpose and not a mere assembly Socia Ltd Central Court 25 Southampton Buildings London WC2A 1AL T 0870 787 6202 W www.socia.co.uk © David Archer – Socia Ltd 2013

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