WORKSHOPS AROUND COLLABORATION
Our workshops are comprised of many years of experience in international project work, academic development cooperation and intercultural teamwork. Sharing this knowledge is a pleasure and we are looking forward to joint learning experiences.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT. Skills and methods for project experts
Project management plays an important role in the globalized world, projects become more complex and more international. Projects facilitate fast and flexible reactions to changing market situations or requests for organisations. The key challenge besides project coordination and organization is communication.
Projects in scientific or expert environments are subject to different rules than economical projects. They are generated from unanswered questions rather than from economical needs. Scientific projects vastly do not create consumer products but reveal new findings, new methods or concepts.
Deployment of professional tools, as applied in industry, support objective attainment, effective project control, risk reduction and structured communication. The challenges are to adjust techniques and methods from project management to the demands of expert organisations.
This workshop conveys basic project management knowledge, methods and competencies. Practical exercises provide an insight in the deployment of project management tools. Additionally the roles and responsibilities and the skills set of a project manager will be outlined.
- Project management in science and industry: similarities and differences
- Particular challenges in expert organizations
- Principles of project planning and controlling
- Deployment of project plans
- Project leadership: roles, responsibilities, skills
- Traditional vs. agile project management: opportunities and limits
- Toolbox: techniques and methods of project management
- Understanding and applying positive effects of a structured project planning
- Knowledge of the opportunities and limits of project management
- Application of methodical project management skills
OPTIONAL: PROJECT REVIEW. Follow-Up day for the individual assessment during project flow
The project-review-day builds up on the basic course and offers participants the opportunity to work focused on their own projects, to discuss individual questions, identify possible pitfalls and to develop solution approaches.
PROJECT LEADERSHIP. Cross-cultural leadership skills for project managers
Cross-border project management is a rising demand in international and interdisciplinary cooperations. Interculturality is key to align and agree success factors, communication principles, cultural values and behaviours in international teams.
Intercultural leadership skills enables to master these special challenges resulting from internationality and interdisciplinary. A comprehensive understanding of intercultural leadership, communication and values are essential to keep your project on track. Intercultural leadership competencies supports in identifying resolving issues in cooperation, communication and mutual understanding.
This workshop bases on your existing leadership skills and enhances them with an intercultural component. Reflection units and practical exercises will demonstrate how to adopt and deploy methods and interventions flexible to current needs.
- Roles, responsibilities and skills in intercultural project management
- Areas of deployment: individual intercultural leadership competencies
- Complexity of intercultural projects and stakeholder management
- Intercultural communication: managing differences, discussions, contradictions
- Self-perception and conflicts in multi-cultural project management
- Skills development: from empathy to persistence
- Toolbox: Leadership and intervention techniques in cross-cultural working environments
- Understanding challenges of cross-cultural project leadership
- Reflection of own leadership understanding
- Enhancing intercultural leadership skills
TEAMCULTURE. Facilitating cross-cultural teamwork
Cross-cultural teams can achieve crucial benefits in knowledge and innovation presumed a trustful and open communication culture is effectively established. However, effective collaboration in teams composed of people from diverse and versatile cultural backgrounds, disciplines, working and thinking styles, mindsets is challenging and can easily cause frictions and tensions within a team.
Various understandings and perspectives on commitments as well as collaboration through different time zones or languages provide special challenges for teams. Working styles in cross-cultural environments often develop their own dynamics, that are hardly predictable and not easy to manage. A flexible skillset of leadership and intervention methods provides crucial impulses for better cooperation and to remain focused on common goals and objectives.
This workshop supports in establishing impulses and techniques for a constructive collaboration in cross-cultural and virtual working environments.
- Phases and cultural dimensions in collaboration
- Typical challenges and conflicts in cross-cultural teamwork
- Establishing standards and agreements for a successful collaboration
- Promoting confidence and trust, strengthening relationships
- Handling of differences, discussions and contradictions
- Critical roles and responsibilities in collaboration
- Cultural aspects when using planning instruments
- Coordination of knowledge management
- Toolbox: methods and techniques for cross-cultural collaboration
- Understanding special working conditions in intercultural and virtual teams
- Assessing method knowledge for constructive collaboration
- Enhancing leadership skills in cross-cultural project management<a
GROUP LEADERSHIP. Managing group dynamics
Moderating working processes can pave the way to profound learning, creative thinking and collaborative work. Aims could be manifold like leading a discussion, joint elaboration of results, opening floor for reflection or supporting decision-processes. Group work opens room for exchanging knowledge, new ideas, synergies but also for arising disagreements, opposition, criticism and feedback.
Relationships between participants, tensions and disguised conflicts could interfere in group dynamics and makes communication and moderation a challenging task. At the end topics and content should be presented in a goal-oriented, understandable and visualized form.
This workshop aims to establish a method based setting for group collaboration, to understand group dynamics and not to lose sight of the central theme despite possible stressful situations.
- Establishing frameworks for groups and topics
- Responsibilities, roles, relationships, dependencies in group dynamics
- Moderating discussions, differences, disagreements and contradictions
- Reflecting roles, communication and stress patterns
- Interventions and suitable action possibilities during groupwork
- Toolbox: moderation and coaching techniques
- Obtaining methodical expertise for group work
- Reflection of roles, attitudes and communication
- Handling strategies in the role of group leadership
CULTURAL BAZAAR. Awareness raising for cross-cultural communication
Challenges in collaboration are growing with the increasing internationality and interculturality of cooperations. Especially in knowledge intensive working fields, diverse learning and teaching styles, different didactical experiences and education cultures are affecting working relationships, supervision, knowledge transfer, communication and collaboration.
New cultural standards for a respectful conduct have to be set when collaborations are to be established in multi-cultural working groups or teaching settings. A fundamental understanding of intercultural communication patterns, teaching, learning and working cultures helps to reflect the own cultural awareness. It paves the way to better deal with ambiguities and insecurities during intercultural collaboration.
This workshop enhances intercultural competencies, and promotes the ability to maintain security in cross-cultural situations. Reflection units and practical exercises open room for own experiences how to adjust communication flexible to intercultural working environments.
- Reflection of identity and cultural values
- Models of intercultural competence and their classification
- Conduct with diversity, commonalities and unfamiliarity
- Coping with diverse learning cultures and working styles
- Awareness of time, power, authority, conflicts and values
- Establishing trust, promoting confidence in cross-cultural work
- Toolbox: methods and skills for intercultural interactions
- Reflection of own attitudes towards other cultures
- Better understanding of intercultural influences in collaboration
- Development of bridge building handling strategies
PEACE TALKS. Staying mindful in difficult conversations
A good basis for a fruitful understanding is a honest, authentic and open exchange. This succeeds best when partners respect each other and take their requests seriously. Collaboration becomes challenging when tensions or conflicts interfere in communication.
Personal opinions and perceptions could obstruct a clear view on essential issues. Analysing and understanding what is truly causing and maintaining tensions in communication shift the focus away from personality clashes and divergent positions to the hidden needs of people and causes of miscommunication.
This workshop aims to reflect the own communication, to understand better conflict patterns and to develop alternative resolution strategies fostering mutual understanding.
- Empathic communication, respectful dialogues
- Assessing conflicts, resolving constructively, developing conflict expertise
- Stress patterns in communication: attitudes and stumbling blocks
- Fostering collaboration, responding to non-collaboration
- Interventions and strategies in communication
- Toolbox: communication techniques, conflict resolution strategies
- Better understanding of empathic communication and conflict development
- Reflection of own communication patterns and development of new forms of collaboration
- Strategies to deescalate tensions and to solve conflicts constructively
HEARTBEAT & LIVERFEAR. Resonances in collaboration and communication
Mutual resonances and individual sensitivities appear at places where people work together. Emotions are expressed through bodily sensation. Experiences from homeland, cultural imaginations and physical perceptions are transferred through generations and brought to life. They influence individual actions and communication. The body reacts especially in conflict or load situations and calls memorized experiences. Feelings and physical reactions take their way and have direct impact on communication.
This workshop offers room for resonance in interactions, encounter and contact in situations of difficult collaboration. Reflection units offer impulses for relieving communication strategies.
- Traditions and sensitivities in communication
- Body archive in focus: cultural identity in stressful situations
- Anticipating critical phases, focusing attitudes, clarifying communication
- Considering self-care, strengthening resources, keeping empowerment
- Possibilities and limitations in contact and interaction
- Understanding about perpetuations of cultural identity
- Reflection of resonance in collaboration and interaction
- Development of relieving communication
SCIENCE COMPASS. Navigation through German Higher Education
Conducting research and teaching in Germany is a challenge for every international scientist. Supervising students, participating actively in research and teaching and integrating into administrative processes of an academic working culture are challenging tasks.
A key for successful collaboration is to recognize the German Academic system. Many misunderstandings in the common work between supervisors, colleagues and students are based on different experiences and perceptions of teaching, learning and communication.
Understanding German Academic traditions, scientific working culture and related expectations between supervisors, colleagues and students can reduce available tensions in scientific collaboration.
This workshop aims to feel more confident within the German Higher Education System by having insight in requirements and expectations in research, teaching and supervision. Furthermore, this workshop will help to draw clear picture about structures and career paths within German academia.
- The German Higher Education System: traditions, rules and structures
- Managing and controlling of scientific projects
- Teaching and Learning cultures in the German academic system
- Supervision and bilateral expectations in research and teaching
- Handling of differences, discussions and contradictions
- Intercultural communication in academic collaboration
- Insight in structures, traditions and hidden rules in German Academia
- Overview about requirements and expectations in research and teaching
- Understanding of collaboration in academic working environments
MIGRATION & EDUCATION. From conflict area into new Higher Education
The journey from the crisis area to the guest country succeeded successfully. Many hopes are linked with the new role of being a student or visiting scholar in the new Higher Education System. After the initial euphoria an important finding becomes evident: the new Higher Education System and involved expectations differ fundamentally from previous experiences.
Simultaneously the new security in everyday university life could be interfered by disturbing news from the homeland. Individual traumata and concerns about the family left behind are influencing work and progress on own academic developments. These experiences could create insecurities and stress not only for affected persons, but for supervisors, colleagues and other supporters in common work.
This workshop offers a reflective framework for supervisors, colleagues or supporters who collaborate with people from conflict areas. It adresses also first orientation to scientists from conflict affected areas who want to settle down and integrate themselves in the German Higher Education system.
- From conflict area into the new Higher Education System
- Settling down in the new role as a student and scientist
- Awareness of signs of impending crisis in teaching, supervision and advisory
- Establishing collaboration and communication in given crisis
- Role of cultural identity in stress situations
- Reflection of roles and communication patterns
- Handling possibilities and limitations in a given crisis
- Understanding origins and educational backgrounds
- Reflection of roles and responsibilities in a given crisis
- Approaches to adjust communication to the needs of people
LESSONS LEARNED. Academic collaboration with Afghanistan
Scientific cooperation with partners from conflict affected areas offer chances for building up and developing academic infrastructures and improvement of its quality. Academic development cooperation contributes in the long-term to a sustainable progress of society and economy. Involved scientists gather lots of experiences and qualifications which enable them to fill in later key positions and become multipliers in international collaboration.
There are reasons why several countries are engaged in the academic reconstruction of Afghanistan’s universities since 2002. But working in conflict areas demands a price. Unexpected political developments, ongoing conflict situations could threaten the international cooperation and pose special challenges for all involved participants.
This workshop aims to give insight into the challenges of academic development cooperation and offers a setting for related questions.
- Lessons learned in the academic reconstruction of Afghanistan
- Frameworks, possibilities and limitations for cooperation with fragile countries
- Development of agreements, critical roles and responsibilities
- Establishing mutual trust under critical environment conditions
- Dealing with misunderstandings, conflicts and situations of crisis
- Sustainability of curriculum and capacity development
- Understanding environmental conditions in conflict or post-conflict areas
- Development of a framework for cooperation and relationships
- Know-how from the academic reconstruction in Afghanistan
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