Adam Kahane

Adam Kahane er canadier og co-founder af det globale, Reos Partners.


Han har tidligere været partner i Generon Consulting og Associate Fellow på Saïd Business School på University of Oxford. Igennem sin lange karrierer er Adam blevet en af de ledende facilitatorer globalt indenfor complex social challenges for både virksomheder, offentlige myndigheder og civilsamfundets ledere.


Her er uddrag fra hans kommende bog: Collaborating with the Enemy, der udkommer i 2017.


“People are not afraid of change, they are afraid of being changed. It’s really a different thing. Collaboration means you get to participate in finding the way forward . . . we need to understand that’s a better deal than somebody else finding a way forward and imposing it.”


3 keys to working well with others:


1. You don’t need to like people to collaborate with them


“The typical reaction when you have to work on something with people you don’t like or trust is to contract and adopt a defensive posture. We can easily slip into seeing and treating other people as enemies. What I’m saying is to do the opposite of what seems natural — stretch out and you can do it.”



2. You don’t need to agree on the problem before you start


In fact, strong disagreement on exactly what the problem is can be an indication that collaboration is necessary. Discord is like a red flag that says something needs to change.


“Most people think if we can’t agree with some level of specificity as to what the problem is, then we’re stuck. That’s not true. The ability to collaborate comes down to asking: can we change the situation? The starting point is to make a judgement call about whether or not you think change is possible.”



3. You don’t know until you try


“You couldn’t make a road map even if you wanted to, because you’re not going to know what works until you try it. Even if you could agree on the vision, chances are it would be obsolete soon. You have to have some sense of what’s problematic in the current situation and some sense of what’s important — for example, knowing that you want a resilient, inclusive or vibrant community.” And then, Kahane says, you have to set out on the road and pay attention.