Collab™ 101: Essentials of Shared Leadership for Powerful Collaboration

Are you a part of a team that makes decisions together?
Do you want to facilitate meetings that are fun, effective, and inclusive?

Collaborative Leaders! We crafted the Collab™ 101 online course for you. If you value collective decision-making, strive to resolve conflict while strengthening your team, and understand that clear accountability is key to success, this course is for you! Participants will receive a plethora of essential tools to implement capacity-building practices within their teams.

Well-functioning workplaces demand strong interpersonal and organizational skills. And when you’re working closely with any team, it takes a high level of communication to ensure everyone is on the same page. Not all communication feels productive though. There are many ways to have open conversations that do not lead to clear results, increased understanding, or movement on projects. Collab™ 101 provides you with the necessary skills and practices to communicate effectively in your team.

We have built a comprehensive system that harnesses the brilliance of your team to drive clear strategic initiatives and action.

But this isn’t just about the tools. To be a strong 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.

Your team is stronger when all members are intentional, clear-headed, and unified.

We are proud to announce the BRAND NEW Collab™ 101 online course, which will support you in acquiring the tools and building the skills necessary to transform your team.

Collab™ 101 includes 8 lessons on collaborative invaluable leadership tools and skills, bi-weekly Live Training Calls, community forums, and 2 individualized coaching sessions. All designed to meet you where you are to build your leadership capabilities, and to give you the tools to handle any challenging group dynamic you encounter!

Benefits You Won’t Want to Miss:

  • Increased organizational and individual understanding and resilience
  • Increased facilitator confidence
  • Increased capacity to deliver results
  • Increased productivity and creativity
  • A greater sense of satisfaction and recognition
  • An understanding of your key leadership strengths and challenges
  • Tools for more efficient meetings with clear decisions and next steps
The depth of this program really allowed us to unearth quick solutions to many different types of work problems. It’s a pretty amazing set of tools! Karen Taylor Mitchell

Governor’s Institute of Vermont

Thank you introducing us to the Collab Living Agenda process. These documents are now being used by nearly every jam organizing team around the world, and it’s made that organizing so much better!

Shilpa Jain

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What You Learn in 8 Simple Lessons:

  • Meeting facilitation skills that will move your team forward and integrate multiple perspectives for creative and innovative solutions
  • Collaborative meeting practices that are inclusive of all voices and work to keep the whole team on the same page
  • Initiatives tracking system to support your team’s collective work on strategic plans while providing a forum for feedback and affirmations
  • Personal development practices for managing challenging team dynamics and facilitating individual growth

How much does Collab™ 101 Cost?

For a Limited Time! We’re offering Collab 101 on a sliding scale starting at only $10! Our intention is to make this course accessible to everyone that is seeking facilitation and collaboration tools to support their leadership and their teams! The regular price of 101 is $295 calculated to include the cost of learning materials, course maintenance, time for the Live Calls and individualized follow up as needed. Consider what you can afford and join us in Collab 101!

Our brand new, exclusive online course for collaborators gives you access to 8 learning modules plus bonus videos, our community of practice forums, and Live Training Calls with the Certified Collab Instructors, all designed to expand your own capacity and your team’s to work in solid and joyous collaboration.

Collab™ 101: 8 Lessons for Collaborative Leaders

Lesson 1: An Introduction to Collab™ and the Course

  • Explore power dynamics and how they show up in your organization through the Power Matrix framework
  • Build effective, inclusive, mission-driven, power-sharing organizations and teams through Collab™’s key Seven conversations

Lesson 2: Personal Development: Build your Skills as a Facilitative Leader

  • Gain an understanding of what personal development is and why it’s essential to collaborative work in organizations and teams.
  • Learn several key frameworks and tools for self awareness, understanding and growth that will support you in becoming a more compassionate, creative, and effective team member.

Lesson 3: Facilitating Shared Power

  • Learn how to guide your meetings through a democratic process with clarity and action
  • Understand practices to increase engagement and enjoyment in your meetings through Collab™’s collective agenda building process
  • Reduce time spent in meetings through our rapid decision-making process
  • Develop your skills to facilitate meetings with clear next actions and alignment

Lesson 4: Recording the Flow of Shared Power: Scribing

  • Learn how to record key decisions and projects for maximum impact
  • Receive access to tracking and meeting templates for your team to build collective and individual accountability
  • Integrate tracking as a participatory leadership practice
  • Utilize openness and transparency to build team trust and cohesion

Lesson 5: Effective Shared Decision-Making–Integrative Consent

  • Receive a step-by-step guide on how to use a highly effective and innovative decision-making process, Integrative Consent to enable distributed decision-making that concretely moves things forward
  • Learn to creatively harness conflict
  • Build your confidence in implementing a collaborative process to bring out your team’s best solutions through the power of the collective

Lesson 6: Distributing Power through Roles

  • Learn how to clearly distribute authority and roles within your team’s scopes
  • Gain an understanding of how to resolve the issues of hierarchy and unequal power dynamics
  • Gain an understanding and a free template to clarify jobs and strengthen accountability

Lesson 7: Collaborative Accountability

  • Understand how to keep track of and prioritize all the complexity in your work
  • Learn how to implement strong self-managing accountability systems to increase productivity, reduce conflict, and obtain results sooner
  • Get access to collective task tracking with the Ops Reports and Ops Tracker

Lesson 8: The Big Picture of Sharing Power Organizationally

  • Learn how to implement shared leadership through organizational structure by following Collab™’s Seven Conversations
  • Access exercises to develop your vision, mission, and values collectively
  • Understand how to practice transparency through your business model and strategize for innovative solutions
  • Resolve interpersonal conflict to strengthen your team

What’s Included in the Course:

  • The course is completely online with 8 lessons delivered through videos to learn at your own pace.
  • You receive invaluable practical templates and tools to keep you and your team on track toward your collective vision!
  • You have the opportunity to participate in live training calls with Round Sky Coaches to get direct feedback on your leadership and the implementation of these practical tools in your team.
  • You receive two individualized coaching sessions to help you determine the best plan of action for your unique leadership growth with these NEW invaluable tools.
  • You have access to online forums to discuss your team’s current challenges and victories with Round Sky Coaches and other collaborative leaders in the course.

Meet the Instructors:

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.

Charlotte Root
Collab™ Trainer

Charlotte is a dynamic, thoughtful, energetic person, who likes to spend her time helping others and making the world a more holistically supportive place. She earned a B. Arch. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and has pursued her love of the outdoors through gardening, farming, and the ski industry, and her talent for design and organization as a business owner. She continues to study nutrition and wellness, and can usually be found in the dirt, on a mountain trail with her pup, or out enjoying the beauty of Vermont and its people.

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.

Meet the Collab 101 Team

Rebecca Fisher-McGinty
Communications Wizard

Rebecca jumped on board at Round Sky in the summer of 2016 with hopes of manifesting her values and vision of economic change and justice. She envisions a world where people can live up to their potential as a leader, community is valued and invested in, and power is embodied with love. Rebecca has a B.S. in Environmental Policy from UC Berkeley and has experience working with community and environmental non-profit organizations responding to climate change and injustices. She is currently rooted in New Orleans where she is a community organizer for racial and social justice through various collectives and communities. In her spare time, you can find her dancing, building, or coloring.

Sara Mehalick

Sara grew up in upstate New York and has lived in Vermont for 16 years, mostly in Burlington, where she currently lives. Outside of her work with us in Collab 101, she is a self employment coach at her own business, The Flashbulb. She runs courses for low income Vermonters starting their own small businesses who are looking for support with developing business plans, budgets, communication & time management skills. She work with folks to get organized, clarify their visions and figure out the steps to bring them into reality. She is currently pursuing a masters degree in organizational psychology with a focus on conflict skills and group dynamics. For unpaid work, she organizes and volunteers with local social and environmental justice organizations like Rising Tide Vermont, the Vermont Workers Center and Migrant Justice. In the last year or two, she’s stepped back from leadership roles to focus on building skills in organizational psychology, group dynamics and conflict resolution.

Jamie Kearney

Jamie is a change agent and healing artist who helps people develop, transform, and fully show up in their lives and relationships. As an Integral Master Coach™ and Somatic Bodyworker, he strives to bring attuned impact and depth to each conversation and session. He focuses on how habits form and become entrenched in the body and minds of individuals, and in the organizations and cultures we all participate in. His passion for Meditation and Peak Experiences draws on nearly a decade of personal, interpersonal, and spiritual development practices. When he first came into contact with Collab™ he felt extraordinarily inspired by its precision and effectiveness in addressing individual and collective tensions. He applies this work regularly in running his own business, and has a deep desire to bring Collab™ into the community at large to foster greater resilience, accountability, and healthy power.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Collab™?
All organizations have their own ‘operating systems’ for communication, but they often are simply not consciously designed to maximize productivity, collaboration, and innovation.
Communication systems that aren’t designed with this flow in mind can be fractured, inconsistent, and unproductive. This can leave key team members in the dark and cause frustrating bottlenecks in an organization.
Collab™ is the operating system that we’ve developed in response to these problems. It’s a system that delivers power and action in collaboration.
More than that, Collab™ is a reaction to a worldwide problem. We believe that unskillful use and distribution of power is what lies at the heart of our many global crises. From wealth inequality to racial disharmony to climate change, our collective lack of traction in responding to these issues has a common theme: power.
That’s why Collab™ focuses on what power is, how it’s used, and how it can be distributed to create a better world.
Collab™ simplifies complex and difficult structures into a simple, comprehensive map that can bring effectiveness, impact, and joy to your organization.
Even better, Collab™ fits in place with your own already-existing communication systems, so you don’t have to tear anything down to keep creating!
How much of a time commitment is the course?
Collab™ 101 contains 8 lessons that you can work through at your own pace. Technically, you can binge watch all 8 lessons in one day! However, we recommend watching one a week and implementing the practices and suggestions throughout the week so that you can incrementally build upon your collaborative leadership skills and practices. You’ll have the opportunity to share your experiences and ask questions in the course platform forums.
Will there be an opportunity to ask questions and get support from the instructors?
Absolutely! We’ll have forums available for you to post any questions, comments, struggles, or success stories to both the instructors and the other participants. Other participants will have a chance to respond to posts in the forums. The instructors will also be monitoring the forum to provide extra support throughout the course. We will be providing live support calls throughout the course as well for added guidance. In addition, course participants can email the course instructors their questions.
What if I cannot afford the course?
You have options! We want collaborative leadership skills to be accessible to as many people as possible, so it’s important for us to support people from all economic backgrounds and current realities.

We can offer a monthly payment plans. If you are a low income Vermont resident, you can apply for a VSAC non-degree grant to help with the cost. If you are not eligible for the VSAC grant, we have a small amount of scholarships available.

Please email us at info@roundskysolutions.com if any of these pathways would make this more feasible for you.

Can I participate in more than one of your offerings or will there be too much overlap?
You can take advantage of as many offerings as you see appropriate. We have shaped Collab™ 101 to give the basic steps to collaborative leadership along with the communication and decision making process tools. The lessons will be designed for you to be able to implement the tools and practices in your leadership and work.

However, you may benefit from the customized support of coaching or trainings to maximize your understanding and ability to use these practices in your life, work, and teams. Collab™ 101 is a great place to start.

How do I know that this course is right for me and my work?
Again and again, we have found that the system, processes, and tools that we teach can be applied in any organization from any position. What you will learn in Collab™101 can be used for streamlining personal development, effectiveness, efficiency, and collaboration in any organization that you find yourself a part of.

Because the course focuses on both individual and organizational development, it provides you with a skill set and training that you can take anywhere. Even if your job changes next month or next year, you’ll find that your new abilities will be useful to you wherever you are.

I can’t make it this time. When will you be running the course again?
Collab™ 101 launches in Mid-January and participants can enroll anytime after that. The course is self-paced. Participants will have three months of access to the course portal, live calls and forums. Sign up today!

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