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Building a Culture of High Performance Sustainable Collaboration: Mindset and Tools

Stewart Levine, JD

July 15-19, 2024

Monday - Friday: 9:00a.m. - 12:30p.m. EDT | 30-Minute Break Daily

15-Hour Course |  Delivery Format: In-Person Only

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Course Description

Much of personal education these days focuses on the capacity for individual growth and self-management of various kinds.  Although individual “Inner Work” may be an essential foundation for getting us beyond this time of Poly Crisis, it is critical to develop the skillful means to work effectively with each other in service of goals and aspirations that will enable us to get through what we are facing as a species. This program will address that need.


One of the most challenging aspects of collaborative work is engaging with others effectively. It requires tools and skills, including communication, relationship building, and managing differences and conflict to generate high-performance collaborations. This program will include references from Stewart’s books- Getting to Resolution: Turning Conflict Into Collaboration and The Book of Agreement: 10 Essential Elements for Getting the Results You Want, as well as fifty years of experience as a lawyer, mediator, coach, consultant, teacher, trainer, and facilitator. The program will provide the foundational skills that are essential to engage effectively with others, including the mindset embodied by Resolutionary Thinking; the conversational competence to create a culture of sustainable collaboration in your organization, team, or family; the immutable laws that form the basis of this body of work; the template for generating a clearly articulated explicit shared vision before you move into action for any team, project, personal or professional relationship; the conversational process used to engage dialogue and resolve differences before they degenerate into conflict.


The highly interactive experiential program will provide the opportunity to practice creating “Agreements for Results” and using the “Cycle of Resolution” to move through differences.


Pre-Work: Generative Capacity Survey: An assessment designed to reveal your Generative Capacity and/or that of your organization.

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Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Stewart Levine has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations. He receives a speaking honorarium from MAK Continuing Education, LLC, Cape Cod Institute.

Non-financial: Stewart Levine has no relevant non-financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Stewart Levine, JD, is a creative problem solver widely recognized for creating agreement and empowerment in the most challenging circumstances. He improves productivity while saving the enormous cost of conflict. His innovative work with “Agreements for Results” and his “Resolutionary” conversational models are unique. As a practicing lawyer he realized that fighting was a very ineffective way of resolving problems. As a marketing executive for AT&T he saw that the reason collaborations fall apart is that people do not spend the time at the beginning of new working relationships to create clarity about what they want to accomplish together, and how they will get there. This is true for employment relationships, teams, joint ventures and all members of any virtual team. As a result of his observations he designed conversational models that create “Agreements for Results,” and a quick return to productivity when those working relationships break down. He uses his approach to form teams and joint ventures in a variety of situations. He works with individuals, couples, partners, small and large organizations of all kinds. His models for problem solving, collaboration and conflict resolution were endorsed by the house judiciary committee.


He has worked for 3M, American Express, Chevron, Con-Agra, EDS, General Motors, Oracle, Safeco, University of San Francisco, U.S. Departments of Agriculture, and the Navy. His Cycle of Resolution was recently selected for inclusion in the “Change Handbook, 3d Edition.” His book Getting to Resolution: Turning Conflict into Collaboration (Berrett-Koehler 1998) (Second Edition Oct. 2009) was an Executive Book Club Selection; Featured by Executive Book Summaries; named one of the 30 Best Business Books of1998; and called “a marvelous book” by Dr. Stephen Covey. It has been translated into Russian, Hebrew and Portuguese. The Book of Agreement (Berrett-Koehler 2003) has been endorsed by many  thought leaders. It has been hailed as “more practical” than the classic Getting to Yes and named one of the best books of 2003 by CEO Refresher (www.Refresher.com). Collaboration 2.0: Technology and Tools for Collaboration in a Web 2.0 World co-authored with David Coleman (Happy About 2008) provides guidance for effectively communicating in the virtual world. In 2019 he curated and edited The Best Lawyer You Can Be: A Guide to Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Wellness for the American Bar Association.


Stewart teaches communication, conflict management and Emotional Intelligence for ResolutionWorks, The American Management Association and The Consulting Team.  He has been a lecturer at the University of California Berkeley Law School and the MBA program at Dominican University of California. Stewart was inducted into the College of Law Practice Management.


He is available for Poetry Readings, Personal Coaching, Consulting, Mediation and Relationship and Organizational Interventions. https://stewartllevine.com/.

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