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Transform Tension Into Collaboration

In today’s fast-paced world, addressing complex business challenges requires that diverse experts work well together. Unfortunately, collaborative efforts introduce dynamics that often present their own entirely new set of obstacles.

We often think about tension as something to minimize or alleviate, especially in cross-functional teams. But what if maximizing tension were actually the key to innovation and engagement? 

In this engaging one-day experiential workshop, participants will identify why meetings are critical catalysts for activating the potential of experts. You will explore dimensions of tension that pose obstacles for organizations and teams in their efforts to creatively solve problems. We will then turn our attention to how to leverage these competing forces to create a culture of energizing collaboration, creativity and engagement.

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Through energizing interactions and stories, the group will explore six dimensions of tension that pose obstacles for organizations and teams in their efforts to creatively solve problems.

After completing this program, you will learn to:

  • Identify 6 tensions of transformation that arise in individuals, teams and organizations during innovation efforts
  • Explore how to use the innovation facilitator’s mindset to ease the tension
  • Collaborate to generate ideas for addressing specific tensions and challenges
  • Utilize a simple diagnostic technique to assess the sources of tension and opportunity for diverse challenges

Learn how to leverage these competing forces to empathize with others to create a culture of real collaboration, creativity and engagement -- a one-day engagement that happens only here. 

Program Details
Location Downtown Phoenix, Arizona
Date(s) October 24, 2018
Program Fee* USD $495
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)** 0.5 CEUs

*Includes meals and course materials.

**CEUs provide a permanent record of the professional development training and non-credit enhancement activities of working executives who wish to stay current in global business. One CEU is equivalent to 10 contact hours of time spent at a qualified instruction site. 

Note: Courses require a minimum number of registrants to run. Course dates and professors are subject to change.
After completing your first program, receive a 15% discount on all subsequent programs. Contact us for partnership & group pricing options.


Tamara Christensen

Tamara Christensen, MSD

Tamara Christensen is a Faculty Associate in the Design School at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Her work focuses on developing design thinking skills and innovation capacity through collaborative, project-based learning programs that foster immediate application of new ways of working. Tamara’s consulting includes work with a variety of organizations from local not-for profits to global Fortune 100 corporations.

She works with cross-functional teams in diverse industries including aerospace, manufacturing, consumer products and package goods, transportation, consumer electronics, and others. Tamara presents and leads interactive workshops at conferences and events around the globe including the Creative Problem Solving Institute and CREA, the European conference for business creativity and innovation.


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