Cooperative Leadership Certification

Advanced Students Program

Cooperative Leaders! The Advanced Students Program has been designed for you.

The Advanced Students Program is for you if you’re seeking the community space to deepen your practice of facilitating collaboration in your team. This program is focused on supporting your understanding and capacity to meet your team with Collab’s process tools, tactics, and skills to support bringing more transparency, clarity, and experimentation in how you collaborate.

This is your implementation space! Let’s work through what’s challenging about getting accountability, facilitating consent, clarifying roles and power, and other aspects of cooperation.

You’ll receive a plethora of essential tools to implement shared leadership and management practices for alignment around your team’s daily operations and decisions along with honing your group’s collective purpose and values.

Enrollment is monthly with new cohorts starting the first full week of every month! 

As you learned in our Level I training, we’ve spent years researching the problems and potentials associated with organizational communication and collaborative leadership and synthesized and condensed what we’ve learned into a set of shared leadership practices, Collab, that support you in bringing flow, harmony, ease, and continual improvement to your organization.

The Advanced Students Program builds on what you learned in Level I to help you expand your collaborative leadership capacity by supporting you in putting the practices into action with your team(s) and building on your knowledge of the other conversations including:

  • How to collaboratively develop a purpose, an organization’s vision, mission, and values
  • What business model consists of and how to evolve or improve it, including embedding open book management in your organization
  • How to develop a strategic plan that gets enacted
  • What to do with conflict management both in the moment and in terms of prevention
  • How integrating personal development including performance reviews can transform your organizational culture

But this isn’t just about the tools. To be a collaborative leader, you must have a deep understanding of how to meet people where they are and bring your team together. You must practice presence and active listening, develop your problem-solving skills, and understand that when one member of the team has a problem, the team has a problem.

To best meet you where you are at, you can participate in this program with or without our certification track.

Your team is stronger with aligned, shared, and strategic leadership.

Applications are OPEN! Apply to the upcoming Advanced Students Cohort!

The Advanced Students Program will support you in building the skills necessary to transform your own leadership and your team’s work. This program is designed to prepare you to handle many common tricky situations and to teach your team to do the same, to build your leadership capabilities through practice, and to deepen your grasp of your own group’s dynamics.

 

What you’ll learn in the Advanced Students Program:

 

  • Dive deeper into facilitating tension processing
  • Understand and facilitate objections in integrative consent
  • Clarify roles and accountabilities
  • Adjust your organization’s structure cooperatively
  • Integrate ops reports and project management
  • Implement and teach the Standard Meeting Practice for a diverse range of contexts
  • Develop or/and update your group’s vision, mission, and values
  • Identify or evolve your organization’s business model including understanding your constituents/clients/customers’ needs and your value proposition for them
  • Integrate open book management into your organization
  • Develop an adaptive strategy and strategic plan and embed that throughout your organization
  • Resolve interpersonal conflict in the moment and over time
  • Conduct performance reviews that have an impact
  • Establish a culture and practice of personal development

Benefits you won’t want to miss:

  • Confidence to teach participatory processes to get clear, process-driven results
  • Harness the power of distributed and agile governance in building a strong resilient team of collaborators
  • Tools for more efficient meetings with clear decisions and next steps
  • Deepening your connection to the Collab Community of Practitioners
  • Over the course, you’ll build and grow alongside other collaborative leaders to explore theory, build community, organize projects, and align purpose with practice.
  • The community of cooperative leaders you’ll meet can offer you support and feedback for your work, and you’ll also get to hear their ideas and strategies for details like funding, structure, and legal concerns in addition to our own.
  • Optional: use Collab as a certified professional to benefit the organizations you work with!

What you need to know:

60 minute weekly learning sessions conducted remotely with different formats for each week that recur monthly:

  • Week 1: Instructional Call: information and discussion
  • Week 2: Skills Lab: facilitation practice with coaching
  • Week 3: Peer Support: study group around specific challenges
  • Week 4: Community of Practice Call: questions and dialogue with instructors and occasional guest presenters

Forums to engage with peers and instructors about your challenges, the course content, and assignments

Advanced online learning portal with unlimited access to content including videos on all of the 7 conversations

One-on-one coaching sessions to dig into your specific situation, needs, and challenges

The option to continue and complete your Collab Certification!

Meet the Instructors:

Cecile Green

Cecile Green

Co-Founder

Cecile Green is a visionary, entrepreneur, experiential philosopher, and farmer with a passion for assisting mission driven organizations achieve their visions. As an integral scholar practitioner and life long learner, she holds a B.S. in Community Supported Agricultural Systems and has over two decades of experience in entrepreneurial environments. She has participated in nearly a dozen organizational launches and built from the ground up four successful businesses.

Daniel Little

Daniel Little

Co-Founder

Daniel is fiercely committed to supporting socially responsible leaders achieve success without losing the deeply held values that inspired them to make the world a better place through their work. If you are looking for a dedicated ally for your growth who can guide you with great strength and compassion to address challenges you may have faced for years, like being more effective with the limited time you have, managing change in a kaleidoscopic marketplace, or dealing skillfully with difficult relationships, then you’re in the right place.

There is so much wisdom in the Collab system, and the ability to bring all of the techniques and practices into my daily work and my team has made possible much of the change I’ve been able to accomplish in the past year.

The best part [of Level II] is the way that after all of their resistance, my team is now embracing the Standard Meeting Practice, ops tracking, and even Personal Development as valuable tools to self-manage through executive transition.

Carolyn Edsell-Vetter

Cooperative Business Support & Outreach Officer, Cooperative Fund of New England

I would say the most important practical piece has been watching these processes, conversations, and ways of thinking come alive in me. I could feel my perception and ability to adapt to different tensions expanding as we worked with this material together.

Level II Graduate

Course Details:

NOW accepting applications for our next cohort.

The Advanced Students Program is an ongoing program, conducted remotely, in which you can enroll on a month-to-month basis.

The enrollment deadline is the 15th of every month for the cohort that starts the first full week of the next month:

  • Enroll by: December 15th, 2023
  • Course Begins: week of January 7th, 2024

The Advanced Students Program content includes: 

  • Dive deeper into facilitating tension processing
  • Understand and facilitate objections in integrative consent
  • Clarify roles and accountabilities
  • Adjust your organization’s structure cooperatively
  • Integrate ops reports and project management
  • Implement and teach the Standard Meeting Practice for a diverse range of contexts
  • Develop or/and update your group’s vision, mission, and values
  • Identify or evolve your organization’s business model including understanding your constituents/clients/customers’ needs and your value proposition for them
  • Integrate open book management into your organization
  • Develop an adaptive strategy and strategic plan and embed that throughout your organization
  • Resolve interpersonal conflict in the moment and over time
  • Conduct performance reviews that have an impact
  • Establish a culture and practice of personal development

 

How much does the Advanced Students Program Cost?

Free Tier! We’ve designed this tier to support those of you who would like to continue learning but have limited time and money to do so. This tier includes:

  • Access to the forums
  • Attendance at the Community of Practice sessions
  • Continued access to the online Collab Card Deck

Easy Breezy Tier: $95/month: We’ve developed this tier for those of you who would like more support to continue your learning at an affordable price point. This tier includes:

  • The monthly instructional call
  • Access to the forums
  • Attendance at the Community of Practice sessions
  • Continued access to the online Collab Card Deck
  • Access to the Advanced Learning Portal with video instruction and recommended assignments on all Collab conversations
  • Sign-up bonus: one coaching call with an instructor

Practitioner Tier: $250/month with a further 10% discount when enrolling for multiple months: We’ve developed this tier for those of you who are actively practicing and seeking to increase your capacity to apply this work. This tier includes:

  • The monthly instructional call
  • Attendance in the skills labs to practice and develop your capacity with live coaching
  • Participation in the peer learning calls
  • Access to the forums
  • Attendance at the Community of Practice sessions
  • Continued access to the online Collab Card Deck
  • Access to the Advanced Learning Portal with video instruction and recommended assignments on all Collab conversations
  • Sign-up bonus: one coaching call with an instructor

Implementor Tier: $395/month with a further 15% discount when enrolling for multiple months: We’ve developed this tier for those of you who are actively implementing this work in your organization and want more support. This tier includes:

  • The monthly instructional call
  • Attendance in the skills labs to practice and develop your capacity with live coaching
  • Participation in the peer learning calls
  • Two one-on-one coaching calls per month
  • Access to the forums
  • Attendance at the Community of Practice sessions
  • Continued access to the online Collab Card Deck
  • Access to the Advanced Learning Portal with video instruction and recommended assignments on all Collab conversations

We *might* be able to offer more scholarships. If you need more support financially, please indicate this as you apply for the course and we’ll do our best to make it work.

If you are a Vermont resident, you may be eligible for a VSAC non-degree grant. See more here.