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    The Collaborative Paradox

    Date: October 17, 2013, 7:15am – 9:00am
    South King County HR Association
    *** Please note that the location for this meeting has changed from our regular venue. ***
    Holiday Inn - SeaTac
    17338 International Boulevard
    Seattle, WA 98188
    Early Registration: SKCHRA Chapter Members are $22.00, Non-SKCHRA Chapter Members are $27.00 and Students are $12.00 (Meal Deal Card Holders save 10%)
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    Participants in this presentation will examine and begin to plan for some of the questions that will need to be addressed as organizations begin their quest for “Developing a Collaborative IQ”

    The questions to be considered:

    • Why traditional management is no longer sufficient and is now the problem
    • What is collaboration really?
    • Why has it always been so hard to collaborate?
    • Will hierarchies have to go?
    • Is your workforce capable of collaborating on a sustained basis?
    • What can HR do the lead the way?

    The Actions and Opportunities to Learn About:

    • Identify and plan the development of key collaborative leaders.
    • Identify specific opportunities for collaborative skill development among your direct reports.
    • Identify who should be invested in your success and how to win their support.
    • Learn how to intentionally establish a collaborative relationship


    Presented by:

    Mike Cook a former Human Resource professional for Standard Oil of

    California, Mike now works primarily with senior leaders and teams to develop and implement cultural change processes which enhance overall organizational performance on very targeted issues. He enjoys working with diverse client teams at all levels to build alignment and enable change that is sustainable and strategic. Mike has 25 + years consulting/coaching experience working in a wide range of industries and working environments as a designer, facilitator, coach and project team lead on major cultural change initiatives. His experience includes initiatives in petroleum refining, telecommunications, financial services, healthcare and insurance systems.

    Since his move to the San Juan Islands in 2006 Mike has founded AMJ Group, a solo practice focused on developing peer level manager’s collaborative work communities. Prior to that as a consultant Mike founded Vitalwork, Inc. a diverse Organizational Development firm, in Rochester, NY. From 1989 to early 2011 Mike served Vitalwork as CEO and Senior Consultant. He has directly overseen several projects at both Eastman Kodak and Xerox Corporations that directly impacted those businesses’ ability to deliver new products to market in a timelier, higher quality manner. He also designed and led the implementation

    process for Frontier Communications as it moved its employee base from a regulated telecom to open market business operating model. In all these instances he worked in close partnership with client leadership to create workplace designs aimed at introducing and sustaining workplace behaviors which made the client more competitive in its chosen markets and improved overall organizational performance. Most recently Mike has led two large scale change programs for Paychex, Inc., a Systems Merger initiative for University of Rochester Medical Center and Revenue Recovery Enhancement projects for St. Vincent’s Healthcare System in Erie, Pa.

    A prolific writer, Mike has authored the book THRIVE: Standing on Your Own Two Feet in a Borderless World and has published numerous articles in popular publications. He currently publishes a weekly Blog The Heart of Engagement which was chosen as a

    Best Leadership Blog by HR Examiner in 2010 and Human Capital Institute in 2011. He is a regular contributor to Human Capital League, an on-line community for workplace professionals.

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