One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Alternatives to Corporate Workshops

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Corporate Workshops Don’t Pay Dividends

Corporate workshops are ubiquitous. In other words, if you need to resolve a conflict or dispute, encourage team building, attract new customers, or establish a sustainable business, there’s almost certainly a workshop for that.
In many respects, the corporate workshop—as well as its cousin, the professional development course—has become synonymous with not only problem solving but with innovation in the workplace, too. Countless consultants and facilitators advertise similarly vague hands-on formats that are guaranteed to "build leadership,” "develop a framework for communication,” and "deliver results with commitment.”
Thus, not only do corporate workshops appear everywhere, but so too does an ambiguous language to describe their processes and results. What exactly does it mean to "deliver results with commitment,” for example?
Given how cookie-cutter and conventional corporate workshops tend to be, it is perhaps more than a little ironic how widespread they have become in the current bid for more fresh and novel solutions to complex workplace challenges.
Moreover, at a time when the ROI associated with money spent on consultants is decreasing, corporate workshops are to an increasing extent not worth their salt.

The Science of Syntegration and Saying No to Cheap Imitations

While Syntegration, a many-to-many methodology, may appear indistinguishable from the corporate workshop, as both employ face-to-face approaches to problem solving, the two couldn’t be more different.
After all, Syntegration is a science. While that may sound intimidating or complicated, the science of it all is actually what allows Syntegration to offer some of the most revolutionary solutions to the complex challenges of today’s workplace.
Founded upon a highly structured interactive process, Syntegration supports and encourages the free-flow and cross-pollination of information between handpicked individuals during the course of large group interactions. Stimulated by a central question, which represents a large-scale challenge or issue in the workplace, these multiplying interactions allow individuals with various opinions and critiques to come together and co-create novel solutions.
Unlike corporate workshops, Syntegration rejects pre-sent agendas, refrains from directing or dictating the conversation, and overturns hierarchies. Instead, it engineers intersecting and expanding communication networks between participants, achieving results in the most organic way possible.

The Marketplace of Ideas: Emphasizing Free Exchange

Because exchange is so central to something like many-to-many methodologies, the "marketplace of ideas” is a useful metaphor when thinking about the benefits of Syntegration and what sets it apart from corporate workshops.
First coined during the 19th century, when industrialization and market capitalism were taking off, the market place of ideas actively endorses freedom of expression and the exchange of ideas. If discussions are transparent, and conversations aren’t staged or pre-planned, it stands to reason that there’s an even greater chance of achieving truths.
When applied to complex workplace challenges, the market place of ideas can sometimes cause participants to initially feel a certain degree of scepticism. Individuals who are used to top-down approaches to problem solving are often taken aback by the inclusive nature of Syntegration, which achieves value addition and alignment by relying on and valuing the contributions of all participants.
Standing in stark contrast with corporate workshops, which rely on consultants and facilitators to control the conversation, many-to-many methodologies create the conditions for questions to be both asked and answered, by encouraging the free-flow of ideas.  

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