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Moving forward, despite Covid disruptions

ICWNZ continues to promote collaborative working despite COVID-19 disruptions

The Institute for Collaborative Working New Zealand (ICWNZ) has been busy since its last update, as we implement our strategic plan and build ICWNZ into a robust and sustainable organisation.

Progress since April 2021 has been slower than anticipated due to COVID disruptions, but key achievements have included:

  1. Our Steering Group of key infrastructure sector leaders has co-designed and co-developed their value proposition, identified the benefits of having an organisation like ICWNZ and of collaborating in the NZ environment. We developed our working model and what will be the core elements of our Community of Practice as well as the benefits of individual and organisational membership.
  2. Partnering with an infrastructure industry association that specialises in online training internationally to develop a four-hour collaborative working introductory course, with assessment, leading to receiving a badge. We will be using this as a taster to bring people into our more advanced training.
  3. Assisting an organisation to get their key contract managers working collaboratively with the right behaviours and attitudes. This included diagnostic interviews with recommendations. The client thought the report was excellent, with great insights and recommendations around the problem areas.
  4. Our first public General Practitioners Collaborative Working Course was successfully held in July.

Key strategic goals for ICWNZ

Our key strategic goals are to:

  1. Expand our reach and influence in NZ, by demonstrating thought leadership, insight and knowledge sharing.
  2. Provide effective training advice and mentoring to support the adoption of collaborative working.
  3. Resource ICWNZ appropriately

How we are achieving this

We are doing this by providing:

  1. Thought leadership and promoting collaborative working through writing articles, hosting conferences and social media updates.
  2. A Community of Practice for networking, sharing ideas and holding forums.
  3. Training courses for operatives, joint delivery, practitioners, governance and experts
  4. Support to organisations that want to improve their collaborative maturity by referring them to accredited experts and coaches.
  5. Talking with those members of the Steering Group who have expressed an interest in becoming Foundation Members about what that would like.
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