Interaction Associates (IA) introduced the concept and practice of group facilitation to the business world in the early 1970's. During the revolution of Total Quality Management (TQM) in the 1980's, IA developed Facilitative Leadership® to help senior leaders empower teams to "think beyond the box", innovate, and achieve mission-critical goals.
For over 50 years, IA has provided thousands of leaders and teams with practical, simple, and effective programs, tools and techniques for working better across functions, viewpoints, and geographies.
More than 1,000,000 people have learned The Interaction Method™, a facilitated process for building understanding and agreement so that people can take informed, concerted action.
Today, IA is helping people work better together from a distance -- leveraging collaborative technology, process thinking, and interpersonal behaviors to produce outcomes that matter most to them.
Learning can be enjoyable and relevant. Practical and transformational. Challenging and fun. These are words clients use to describe their learning and team experiences with Interaction Associates.
The Interaction Method™ is a proven approach for making better group decisions and
You'll learn to tap the power of collaborative action. Engage the right people on mission-critical tasks. Empower them with skills and tools. The result will be a better ROI: Return on Involvement.
The Interaction Method™ the 1st systematic approach to collaborative meeting management.
The book How to Make Meetings Work.
Originated the use of a Group Facilitator and Scribe into business settings, e.g., Quality Teams at Ford.
Facilitative Leadership®, combining the practices of inclusive management with process facilitation.
Facilitating Change, The Principles of Collaboration, guidelines for stakeholder engagement.
Cross-functional teams, e.g., TQM at DuPont.
Teams in Action & Team Sponsorship, integrating shared responsibility and personal accountability with team collaboration.
Managing with Impact & the book How to Make Collaboration Work.
Advanced Facilitation Skills
e.g., GE Black Belts.
Collaborate to Innovate integrating design thinking and collaborative problem solving.
Strategic Thinking integrating business acumen and fact-based decision-making.
Blended Learning e.g., Roche Research Teams.
Engaging the Distributed Workforce, virtual instructor-led training on leading from a distance.
Online Facilitation, applying The Interaction Method™ to virtual meetings.
Virtual Teamwork e.g., GE Global Workforce.
We help people work together better to achieve the things that matter most to them. We do that by demonstrating the power and transferring the skills of conscious collaboration. Conscious collaboration is a mindful approach for working with others to produce mutually beneficial outcomes.
What We Value
To understand client needs and aim to exceed their expectations.
To demonstrate competence and aim to continuously improve.
To speak truth to power and aim to do the right thing.
To help the team succeed and aim to add value at all times.
To include people in decisions that affect them and aim for maximum appropriate involvement.
To be an active citizen and aim to stand for inclusion and fairness.
To respect others in daily interactions and aim to assume the best about their intentions.
Diversity and Inclusion Declaration
Our mission at IA is to help people work better together to achieve the things that matter most to them. In our work, we facilitate authentic and productive human connections. We’ve witnessed how honest conversations, however difficult, can foster more equitable policies and inclusive behaviors in the workplace.
IA aims to provide equal opportunities to, and prevent discrimination of, any aspiring L&D and administrative professional regardless of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, neurodiversity, disability status, citizenship, or any other personal situation or aspect which makes them unique.
We strive to build a company culture where inclusion and engagement is our way of operating day-to-day, not an initiative.
As a company, we have a long way to go to reflect the wonderful diversity of our American community. We invite our employees, partners and clients to support us in our efforts through, feedback, audit and encouragement.
As a U.S. company with global reach, we commit to using our skills and position in the learning and development industry to amplify the practice of conscious collaboration as a tool for equity and justice.
Together, we can build more inclusive, just, and equitable workplaces.
The Interaction Institute for Social Change works with people and systems to break down divides and address the symptoms and root causes of the problem to promote their vision of living on a healthy planet where people are thriving, valuing their differences, and working together for peace and justice.
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