Collaboration Campfire™

 

COURAGEOUS LEADERSHIP – GENUINE RELATIONSHIPS – 
– BREAKTHROUGH IMPACT –

Collaboration Campfire™

 

COURAGEOUS LEADERSHIP, 
GENUINE RELATIONSHIPS,
BREAKTHROUGH IMPACT

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Become part of the community.

In the longer run and for wide-reaching issues, more creative solutions tend to come from imaginative interdisciplinary collaboration.

– Robert J Shiller

Collaboration Campfire is a programme and a community that supports leaders to create whole-hearted, fruitful academic collaborations.

So often collaborations begin with great enthusiasm and promise, only to dissipate into a time-consuming and draining slog that wastes time, money and potential. 

Over ten years we have heard thousands of stories about what makes and breaks collaborative relationships.  We have worked alongside academic collaborators to bring people together with shared purpose and commitment. We have shared the pain along the way and the exhilaration when it all pays off. Collaboration Campfire captures that learning to increase the chances of new multi-partner collaborations achieving breakthrough impact.

 

What is Collaboration Campfire?

Collaboration Campfire is a development programme that provides learning, support and community for people leading academic collaboration.  The inspiration for its design comes from the way that international, interdisciplinary collaborations happen. When a collaborative research bid is successful, there is often only one opportunity to get all the collaborators together face-to-face.  The rest happens virtually. So how do you create connection, shared purpose, belonging, commitment and motivation throughout a project, with few opportunities to meet?

Collaboration Campfire begins with a two-day residential retreat. Here we:

Create an authentic community for courageous learning

Clarify purpose and vision for each leader

Share vital new ways of learning, leading and facilitating

This launches our collaborative learning journey, which looks like this:

The Collaboration Campfire™ Journey

This ten-month programme faciliates profound reflection and embedded action that goes beyond the expected outcomes of workshop-based learning.

One-to-One Coaching Session

With an accredited coach to focus on goals

Begin a workbook

that can travel

on the train
in a park
the garden
between meetings
without wi-fi…
on the train
in a park
the garden
between meetings
without wi-fi…

Access the Collaboration Campfire™ Academy

Modular content released over ten months

Access the Collaboration Campfire™ Academy

Modular content released over ten months

Toolkits for immediate answers
Self-guided coaching and planning
Videos and presentations on core topics
Small group coaching (five max.) every month
Podcasts for stress reduction and focused working
Drop in support every month
Toolkits for immediate answers
Self-guided coaching and planning
Videos and presentations on core topics
Small group coaching (five max.) every month
Podcasts for stress reduction and focused working
Drop in support every month

Free ongoing support through The Campfire Community™

Expected organisational outcomes include:

Success in interdisciplinary, multi-partner collaborations
Creating an inclusive culture that harnesses diverse talent
Improved wellbeing and mental health for staff
Collaboration across multiple sites
Increased distributed leadership capacity
We are committed to creating a culture of collaboration. After Collaboration Campfire™ ends, participants will automatically have continued support through the Campfire Community™. Campfire Community™ provides ongoing resources and a network of graduates to keep the learning going.

We want to support you to achieve more!

What is included?
Collaboration Campfire™ combines a two-day residential retreat with a one-to-one coaching session and eight small-group coaching sessions, succinct innovative learning materials, an analogue learning log, and collaboration toolkits for both immediate use and wider dissemination. After the ten-month programme ends, participants can access ongoing support and resources in the Campfire Community™ at no additional cost.
How does it differ from other leadership programmes?
This is a supportive ten-month learning journey that is immediately applicable to participants’ current challenges in leading multi-partner academic collaboration. It combines the power of coaching with work-based learning. There are no artificial exercises, no unnecessary assignments, and no complicated technology. The combined face-to-face and virtual delivery modes are designed to build participants’ skill and confidence to lead geographically distributed teams.
What is the time commitment?
After the initial two-day residential retreat, participants access Collaboration Campfire™ flexibly. The only fixed times are the group-coaching sessions. All the activities of the programme are designed to support real work and to improve work-life balance. The amount of time participants should expect to spend on it ranges from 1-10 hours a month, depending on what is most helpful and pertinent to their real collaborative work. Participants connect to the secure platform from anywhere on any device.
Who leads Collaboration Campfire™?
Kate Tapper has designed the programme and oversees all aspects of its delivery. Kate is an accredited Executive Coach and has over ten years’ experience developing academic leaders across the UK. Kate or one of her team of accredited coaches will deliver the coaching and facilitate the residential retreat for your participants.
Who is Collaboration Campfire™ for?
Collaboration Campfire™ is designed for leaders of multi-partner academic collaboration. This includes project leads, principal investigators, directors of research, directors of teaching, heads of centre and heads of school.
Can we have Collaboration Campfire™ just for our organisation?

Yes. Collaboration Campfire™ exclusively for your organisation is a great way to build an internal network of capable, confident collaborative leaders. You can also share a Collaboration Campfire™ with your partner organisations to build relationships between leaders. Book a discovery call to find out more.

We’d love to hear how Collaboration Campfire™ could support your organisation. Book a discovery call with Kate here: