This is a session at Innov8rs Vancouver, 3-4 October 2019

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Effective Collaboration for Teams

Does this scenario sound familiar?

You’ve been asked to work on an innovation team with a diverse group of people. They’ve been hand-picked from across the organization and you’ve likely not worked with any of them before. Your work is split off from the core business and it’s not what you’ve been trained to do. The stakes and expectations are high. There’s ambiguity and uncertainty around the outcomes you have to deliver and tension around the fact that you’re not working as a high performing team. Failure’s not an option, but it’s certainly a fear.

When teams come together they have two challenges to solve – the challenge of what work they’ll do, and the challenge of how they’ll work together. Most teams focus on what they’ll do. Few focus on how they’ll work together.

In this workshop we’ll focus on key practices you can use to help your team work better together and across functions so you’re better able to move innovation through your organization and keep your efforts from stalling out. It’s not about whether you’re using design thinking, agile, or lean – it’s about how you’re thinking and the practicalities of managing yourself and others as you engage in the creative process and collaborate to get work done.

Come with questions, leave with ideas, insights and tools to immediately try with your team.

Janice Francisco

Founder, Principal Consultant at BridgePoint Effect

When it comes to superpowers, Janice has helped over 500 teams overcome their kryptonite to transition and transform how they operate and create value in their organization. Leaders and their teams credit Janice with taking the uncertainty and ambiguity out of innovation, and helping them develop the confidence to face any challenge and know they can handle it. Focused on improving innovation outcomes, Janice brings research-based practices and a structured process to help teams collaborate and think better together.

As an entrepreneur and an intrapreneur with an MSc in Creativity and Change Leadership, Janice has worked in startups, scaleups, SME’s, large organizations, governments and non-profits. She is a pragmatic integrator and decisive navigator who brings tireless creativity and forthright dialogue to a global clientele. As a researcher, she’s focused on improving innovation outcomes. As Chair of the Conference Board of Canada she works to understand best practices in innovation ecosystems and how to improve Canada’s innovation performance. Her most recent project, a global study with Innov8rs and FourSight, examined who are the innovators in organizations and what might be the hidden reasons that innovation stalls.