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    The Collaborative Paradox

    Date: April 11, 2018, 11:45am – 1:30pm
    Mt. Baker Chapter of SHRM
    Northwood Hall
    3240 Northwest Avenue
    Bellingham, WA 98226
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    We now live in a world of completely distributed information; we need distributed decision making capabilities and this requires skills that most organizations do not possess. Facing stiffening competition organizations must immediately address a compelling need to let go of many traditional management controls that slow decision making and paralyze their intentions to become innovative cultures.

    Cap Gemini recently reported that over 80% of CEO’s they surveyed identified idea sharing as the single most important element of innovation – and yet only 16% said they had the right culture to do it. And General Electric’s (GE) survey of top global marketers revealed that whilst 86% of them agreed that partnerships were the most important element of innovation – only 21% were able to build them.  There is an increasing demand for innovation in every organization, which is driven by smarter relationships – but due to a lack of internal and external collaboration skills, there is often a failure to innovate.” Andrew Armour, Benchstone Blog

    Despite the obvious demands the question remains; are our management ranks and workforces ready for authority to be distributed and can they develop and sustain the levels of collaboration that will need to replace traditional controls?

    Participants in this presentation will examine and begin to plan for some of the questions that will need to be addressed as organizations begin a quest for developing “Collaborative Communities”

    The Questions to be Considered:

    • Why traditional management development is no longer sufficient and is now the problem
    • What is collaboration really?
    • How does collaboration facilitate cooperation?
    • Why has it always been so hard to collaborate?
    • Will hierarchies have to go?
    • Is your workforce capable of collaborating on a sustained basis?
    • What can HR and OD to do the lead the way?

    The Actions and Opportunities to Learn About:

    • Identify and plan the development of key collaborative leaders.
    • Identify specific opportunities for collaborative skill development among your peers and/or direct reports.
    • Identify who should be invested in your success and how to win their support.
    • Learn how to intentionally establish a collaborative relationship

    Presented by:  Mike Cook, AMJ Group

    Mike works primarily with mid-level leaders and their teams to develop and implement cultural change processes which enhance overall organizational performance on very targeted issues. He enjoys working with diverse client teams at all levels to build alignment and enable change that is sustainable and strategic. Mike has 25 + years experience working in a wide range of industries and working environments as a designer, facilitator, coach and project team lead on major cultural change initiatives. His experience includes initiatives in petroleum refining, telecommunications, financial services, healthcare and insurance systems.

    As a consultant Mike founded Vitalwork, Inc. a diverse Organizational Development firm, in Rochester, NY. From 1989 to 2011 Mike served Vitalwork as CEO, Founding Partner and Senior Consultant. He directly oversaw transformational initiatives while employed by Chevron in the late 1970’s which gave rise to his interest in consulting and coaching. Mike believes that Middle Management is a legitimate career destination but not as it is currently viewed, and he is determined to change that perception. In his years as a consultant he has guided many projects that directly impacted businesses’ ability to deliver new products to market in a timelier, higher quality manner. Most recently Mike has led two large scale change programs for a national payroll services provider that involved over 1200 mid-level managers, a Systems Merger initiative for University of Rochester Medical Center and Revenue Recovery Enhancement projects for St. Vincent’s Healthcare System in Erie, Pa.

    Mike has recently authored the book Thriving in the Middle: Why Managers Need to Be Coaching Each Other and has published numerous popular articles in various publications. You can Learn more about Mike at


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    Generously Sponsored by: Farmers Insurance - Office of Thanh Le

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    Please register by 5:00pm, April 9th

    See our new 2018 Lunch/Program Prices below

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    • Member Lunch & Program (pre-registered): $21.00
    • Non-member Lunch & Program (pre-registered): $27.00
    • Program Only (pre-registered): $12.00
    • Non-registered/At the door/Day of price: $30.00 (member or non-member)
    • Student Lunch & Program: $12.00
    • Student Program Only: FREE

    We offer the option to pre-pay, using Eventbrite.  You will not be charged anything additional to pre-pay using your credit card - just click on the link on the registration confirmation page (after you register) and you will go to the payment pay on Eventbrite.

    If you are not able to or do not want to pre-pay, we accept payment in the form of cash, check, or credit card and must be paid at the time of check-in at the event. See cancellation policy below.

            *Mt. Baker SHRM is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is pending approval for 1 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.

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       *This program is pending approval for 1 General HRCI credit

    The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the activity.  It means that this activity has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit

    Registration and lunch begin at 11:45, and include time for networking with other members and chapter announcements. The presentation/program begins around 12:00pm and lasts until approximately 1:30pm (includes a question/answer period).

    Cancellation policy: Registrants will be billed the full price of the event if a cancellation is not received by 5:00 pm on the Monday prior to the luncheon.

    To Cancel an Existing Reservation send the names of the attendees and the date of the event you cannot attend to

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