New Directions Collaborative offers coaching and training that builds the capacity of people to work in networked ways to create transformative progress on complex challenges. Creating large-scale change and inventing the new forms of a sustainable economy require a shift of focus from individual leaders and organizational strategy to collaborative leadership.
We guide and coach leaders who are charting new territory as they:
- Clarify their common purpose and find strategic clarity to navigate skillfully amidst change
- Invent and incubate new ideas and approaches
- Create flexible and adaptive structures that enable high levels of self-organizing as well as effective collaboration for collective impact
- Work across disciplines, organizational boundaries and sectors to innovate and learn together at a systems scale
- Discover what is possible as we tap the power of networks and engage the wisdom and resources of a whole system
Our leadership skill building is conducted through coaching, workshops, and leadership retreats:
We work one-on-one with leaders of social change work to help them learn collaborative leadership and systems change skills. Examples of challenges we help navigate include finding strategic focus, designing agendas to tap collective wisdom and enable the best results, and how to engage across difference and deal with power dynamics. Typically, this work is done through in-person and phone coaching sessions.
We provide half-day to multi-day training workshops that build understanding and skills for working in networked ways and creating systems change. Key skills addressed include network principles and case studies, strategic questioning, systems thinking/change, and reflective conversations.
We design and facilitate leadership retreats that enable leaders to strengthen relationships with others doing similar work toward a common purpose. A critical leadership practice is to step away periodically from day-to-day work in a space that enables reflection, learning, and new clarity and ideas to emerge.