Tools for learning to building better team work.

Collaboration Workouts

These workouts emphasize “collaboration muscle” awareness, development, and habit-building through repetition. They can be performed both face-to-face or remotely.

Faster Than 20

Assertiveness Workbook How To Express Your Ideas & Stand Up for Yourself at Work & in Relationships

Explore how to start and run your own private therapy practice. Learn how to set and maintain personal boundaries without becoming inaccessible. Become more genuine and open in relationships without fearing attack. Defend yourself when you are criticized or asked to submit to unreasonable requests.

Randy J Paterson

ORSC™ Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching

Check out this coaching model from Center for Right Relationship.

CRR Global

Liberating Structures

This is an alternative approach to designing how people work together. It provides a menu of thirty-three Liberating Structures to replace or complement conventional practices.

Liberating Structures


The Haruko Accord – Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures

This accord can be used for pedagogical and/or artistic collaborative processes that aim to interrupt harmful habits of being related to systemic, historical and on-going violence, and to patterns of unsustainability.

Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures

Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute Mediation Resources

A living document to uplift and grow the field of Black mediators who are available to support Black movement needs.

Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute Mediation Resources

Creating Intelligent Teams

Listening closely, embracing different perspectives, asking questions and learning to share are just some of the tips in this guide to creating successful teams.

Dennis Johnson and Sort Sol Group

Sample Group Norms for Organizational Anti-Oppression Work

This brief guide presents four group agreements for teams meant to dismantle white supremacy, patriarchy and other forms of oppression.

Kimberly Freeman Brown

Jumpstart Team Success: Build a Container for Collaboration

Build a high performing team with an understanding of worth of investment and creating a team brief.

Laura Peck

Open and Honest Questions

A one-page overview with methods for asking open and honest questions that aren’t simply advice or analysis in disguise.

Center for Courage & Renewal

Can Organizations Learn?

Explore how to focus on performance and learning.

Laura Peck

Pioneers, Drivers, Integrators, and Guardians

Discover four primary work styles and related strategies for accomplishing shared goals.

Harvard Business Review (HBR)

Eight Ways to Build Collaborative Teams

Strengthen your organization’s ability to perform complex collaborative tasks by maximizing the effectiveness of large, diverse teams while minimizing the disadvantages posed by their structure and composition.

Harvard Business Review (HBR)

The New Science of Building Great Teams

Understand the group dynamics that characterize high-performing teams.

Harvard Business Review (HBR)

How Managers Can Make Group Projects More Efficient

Review promising practices for effective collaboration that leave inefficiencies and messiness out of the process.

Harvard Business Review (HBR)

Getting Your Stars to Collaborate

Produce results in a resourceful, creative, and productive manner.

Harvard Business Review (HBR)

Great Teams Are About Personalities, Not Just Skills

Team fit is not only about skills and experience, it is also about personality. This article reviews how evaluating the whole person, including personality, can offer pivotal insights into how people are likely to work together, and can help flag areas of conflict and aversion.

Harvard Business Review (HBR)

The Secrets of Great Teamwork

Provide teams with the enabling conditions, those needed in order to thrive.

Harvard Business Review (HBR)

How to Preempt Team Conflict

Build a foundation of trust and understanding for effective collaboration.

Harvard Business Review (HBR)

Embracing Agile

Discover six practices that leaders may adopt to capitalize on the potential of agile.

Harvard Business Review (HBR)

The Secret to Better Problem Solving (IdeaCast)

Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg discusses reframing as a nimbler approach to diagnosing problems than existing frameworks.

HBR Ideacast

Collaborating Better Across Silos (IdeaCast)

Heidi K. Gardner discusses how competitive edge is gained when individuals collaborate across boundaries.

HBR Ideacast


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