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Designing Collaborative Workplaces – Optimize Your Organization for Teamwork (On Demand)

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Date(s) - 16/03/2017 - 31/12/2017
All Day


On Demand
Course Leader: Brenda Barker Scott, Queen’s IRC
Duration : 1 hour 0 minute
Price: Free

FREE Webinar by Queen’s University IRC (Powered by Canadian HR Reporter)

Designing Collaborative Workplaces – Optimize Your Organization for Teamwork

Teamwork is essential to organizational success – but today, the speed of change and innovation is driving the need for an expanded team competence. To truly reap a collaborative advantage, organizations must transition from single, stable teams, to supporting a team of teams, a dynamic collaborative network that evolves and shifts to meet goals. The question therefore becomes: what conditions support collaboration as a workplace system; a team of teams?

We’ll explore the DNA of a collaborative workplace and how to promote it. We’ll discover that widespread collaboration requires a fresh perspective for defining and assigning work and a platform of norms, relationships, processes, technologies, and spaces that are quite different from the ways organizations have worked in the past.


  • the value of shaping work as a collaborative instead of a solo task
  • the art of forming co-evolving teams and scoping who should be involved and how
  • a platform of supportive practices, tools, principles and technologies to help teams quickly become productive
  • the role of leadership in setting the outcomes, pace and tempo of collaborative work, as well as coaching collaborative performance
  • approaches that support teams to learn together and innovate
  • the elements of a foundational social fabric for collaboration

PRESENTER: Brenda Barker Scott, Facilitator, Queen’s IRC

Brenda Barker Scott is a groundbreaker with a passion for creating workplaces that inspire, connect and grow people. Over her twenty-year career in teaching and consulting, Brenda has led ambitious renewal efforts aimed at enhancing innovation and collaboration with provincial governments and agencies, school boards, not for profits and private firms. Brenda is the co-author of Building Smart Teams and is currently conducting field research into the conditions that make for collaborative workplaces.

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