Collaboration is increasingly difficult and increasing necessary. Often, to get something done that really matters to us, we need to work with people we don’t agree with or like or trust. Adam Kahane has faced this challenge many times, working on big issues like democracy and jobs and climate change, and on everyday issues in organizations and families. He has learned that our conventional understanding of collaboration—that it requires a harmonious team that agrees on where it’s going, how it’s going to get there, and who needs to do what—is wrong. Instead we need a new approach to collaboration that embraces discord, experimentation, and genuine co-creation.
Collaborating with the Enemy addresses an increasingly central challenge of our time: how we can deal effectively with complex and conflictual situations that we find problematic and want to change, but that—no matter how much we wish to—we cannot change alone or by working only with our colleagues and friends. The book offers a simple framework (“stretch collaboration”) and set of practices (three “stretches”) for working with this kind of situation.
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You can order a print copy or download a Kindle or audiobook from https://www.amazon.com/Collaborating-Enemy-People-Agency-Distributed/dp/1626568227/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 or a pdf or e-book version from https://www.bkconnection.com/books/title/Collaborating-with-the-Enemy.