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New Book by Judith Katz and Fred Miller Opens Doors to Collaboration and Teamwork

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Newsletter article: New Book by Judith Katz and Fred Miller…
Contact: John Backman,johnbackman@kjcg.com
30 April 2013


New Book by Judith Katz and Fred Miller Opens Doors to Collaboration and Teamwork

Collaboration is a must for higher performance in today’s climate. It can help organizations solve complex problems quickly, come to decisions faster, and accelerate results, while enabling people to do their best work together.

But how can we enhance collaboration?

In their latest book,Opening Doors to Teamwork & Collaboration: 4 Keys that Change EVERYTHING, Judith H. Katz and Frederick A. Miller build on 30 years of success withInclusion as the HOW®, their foundational mindset for accelerating results in organizations. Katz and Miller describe four simple behavioral guidelines that transform the way people leverage their talents and differences in order to foster better collaboration:

  • Lean into discomfort.Interactions with new people, ideas, and teams can be uncomfortable. So can working together on difficult issues. By leaning into the discomfort, we can build trust, consider new ideas, share information, and collaborate on solutions—more quickly and more effectively.
  • Listen as an ally.Rather than listening to find flaws or oppose someone, we listen as a true partner: working together to get underneath our assumptions, link to one another’s ideas, and work through conflicts. This listening opens doors for the collaboration that creates better solutions.
  • State your intent and intensity. When we clearly state what we mean and how committed we are to the idea, it results in Right First Time interactions, which in turn enable others to act quickly, decisively, and correctly.
  • Share your street corner. As we ask who else needs to be included—sharing our street corners or perspectives and hearing those of others—we eliminate the waste that occurs when an important perspective is missed, necessitating additional meetings and rework.

These 4 Keys provide individuals and teams with a common language to describe their interactions. As a result, people can join one another in collaboration quickly, simply, and seamlessly, accelerating results.

The book has drawn praise from a wide range of leaders and practitioners in management, organization development, and other fields. For example:

"This book opens the doors for all organizations to change the world of work. Just the chapter on ’Listening as an Ally‘ can do more to help organizations create a positive sense of unity, productivity, and shared direction than spending millions of dollars on more complicated approaches.”
- Darya Funches, Ed.D.
Former Chair of Board of Organization Development Network and The NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral SciencePrincipal and Founder of REAP Unlimited

"This book is a laser beam on what makes work and all other relationships work. It declares that face-to-face relationships, not technology, not clear objectives, vision, and metrics, are what make organizations adaptive and sustainable.”
-Peter Block
Author, Flawless Consulting, Stewardship, The Answer to How Is Yes, and Community

With numerous examples from organizations around the globe, Opening Doors to Teamwork & Collaboration is for people at every level of an organization—from front line team members to senior executives—in search of breakthroughs in collaboration, performance, decision making, problem solving, and the elimination of waste in interactions. The book communicates its lessons in a simple, practical format, with cases and checklists to enhance understanding and application. The book is available throughAmazonand via the publisher, Berrett-Koehler, atwww.bkconnection.com. More about the book can be found atwww.OpeningDoors4Keys.com.

About the Authors

Thought leaders in organization development and transformation for more than 40 years, Judith H. Katz and Frederick A. Miller have created numerous breakthrough concepts in their field, includingInclusion as the HOW®as a foundational mindset for higher operational speed, accuracy, performance, and accelerated results. As Executive Vice President and CEO (respectively) forThe Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc.—one of Consulting magazine’s Seven Small Jewels in 2010—they have partnered with organizations around the world to elevate the quality of interactions, leverage people’s differences, and transform workplaces. Together they have co-authored three books:

Fred and Judith have served on the boards of such organizations as Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Day & Zimmermann, and the Social Venture Network, among many others. In 2007, Profiles in Diversity Journal named them two of 40 Pioneers of Diversity, and in 2012 they were honored as Legends of Diversity by the International Society of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals. Their work has taken them to Singapore, India, China, the United Kingdom, Mexico, the Netherlands, and other countries.

Publication date: April 2013, $18.95, paperback, 168 pages, 5¼" x 9¼", ISBN 978-1-60994-798-9

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