Upcoming Events

Spring 2019 RC Research & Practice Partner Cafes

The 2019 RC Research and Practice Partner Cafe schedule is available now! All monthly discussions of research and practice will now be a part of the RC Partner Cafe series. This Spring we will be offering one cafe per month, though we are very happy to provide access to our Zoom platform for partners to connect with one another outside of the cafes. The cafes will generally take place on the third Thursday of each month at either 9 am ET or 4 pm ET to accommodate different time zones. We will keep the cafe line open for an extra 30 minutes after the discussion for partners to remain on the line and continue the conversation or connect with one another. 


January Partner Cafe - Advances in Relational Technology

Thursday, January 17 at 10:00 - 11:00 am ET 

Optional continued discussion time from 11 - 11:30 am ET

Presenters/Discussion Leaders: Carmen De Pablos Heredero (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain), Benjamin Kragen (Brandeis University, USA) and Margot Tanner (The Walker Project, Switzerland)

As technology grows exponentially in all sectors, how does it impact the ways that we work together? Does it weaken relational coordination among staff and with their customers - or strengthen it? If we use a relational process to design and govern a new technology, might that technology be more supportive of relational coordination? There is a wide range of interest in the RCRC community on this topic both in research and in practice, and across multiple sectors including health care and education. Some have been engaged in this conversation for a long time, some are just beginning to grow curious – let’s discuss on our January Partner Cafe. 


Leading Organizations to Health

March 2019

Led by Diane Rawlins (InsideOut Consulting, LLC) and Tony Suchman (Relationship Centered Healthcare)

Organizational change initiatives succeed or fail based on the quality of relationships. Relational problems have been cited as the single biggest obstacle to quality improvement projects. Yet most leaders of change projects are not well-prepared for the relational dimension of their work; their training has typically focused on technical analytic tools and control-oriented rather than relational mindsets. As a result, performance suffers. LOH consists of 4 3-day sessions at a Colorado guest ranch and monthly small group peer-coaching video-conferences in between sessions. It is led by 2 RC-certified consultants, Diane Rawlins and Tony Suchman, who integrate RC with another of other frameworks and methods. The next cohort begins in March 2019. For more information, please visit www.lohweb.com or contact Tony (asuchman@rchcweb.com) or Diane (diane.insideout@gmail.com). 


Improving Work Processes Through Relational Coordination

April 12-13, 2019

Led by Marjorie Godfrey (The Dartmouth Institute Microsystem Academy) and Jody Hoffer Gittell (RCRC, Brandeis University)

This workshop will help you learn how to use the Relational Coordination (RC) Survey in interventions to improve work processes and collaboration across the continuum from small co-located work groups to virtual teams to whole organizations and inter-organizational consortia. With its three-part model including independent study, a 1.5-day workshop and three follow up web sessions, the course will allow you to hit the ground running with assignments geared to your organization and sector followed by feedback from colleagues and faculty.  


2019 POS Research Conference

Hosted by Center for Positive Organizations, University of Michigan

June 5-6, 2019

This conference is designed to share and advance empirical and theoretical research in the field of Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS). This biennial gathering of scholars promotes research that inspires and enables leaders to build high-performing organizations that bring out the best in people. The 2019 POS Research Conference will take place on June 5-6, 2019, in Ann Arbor, Mich., and is presented by the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business.