At Let's Go we are so excited that teams from around the world will be having the right conversations, collaborating effectively and unlocking their potential.
Whilst the campaign is over, our work continues. To find out what we’re up to visit letsgo.so and follow us @LetsGoHQ.
Looking for the Collaboration Cards? visit letsgo.so/cards
To achieve big things you need to use your best asset – the people around you.
People can explode potential and suffocate it. Teams are complex. There is no magic trick, but it all starts with finding the right conversation – the one that turns conflict into creativity, disaster into deeper commitment and ideas into actions. But how to find the right conversation?
The Collaboration Cards put 30 powerful and practical conversations on the table that are essential to every group that wants to get things done. Through extensive research, experience and partnership with psychologists, business leaders, artists, coaches and charity workers we have been able to identify the most important conversations you need to have, across the 5 key group dynamics, to unlock the potential of you team: Belief, Structure, Involvement, Progress and Care. Whether you are leading a collaborative group or part of one, these cards will help you get more out of working together.
How will I use the cards?
The cards can be used in lots of ways – if you are preparing for a project, if you want a team health check, as a reflection tool for leaders, or to introduce collaboration to teams – the list goes on. But as a simple structure, this is one way people are using the cards:
1. Lay out the coloured cards in stacks - which dynamic do you need to look at?
2. Unpack the conversation cards - which conversation do you need to have?
3. Flip the card and have the conversation - or go looking for other conversation
What will I get?
1. A pack of high quality Collaboration Cards ordered around the five dynamics of collaboration (Belief, Structure, Involvement, Progress, Care) - 320gsm high quality Linen Finish Playing Card
2. Bonus cards which explore some more personal conversations around how individuals show up in collaborative groups
3. Clearly articulated instruction cards, with guidance on how to use the cards.
4. Access to an e-learning module that covers:
- Making sense of collaboration and unpicking common confusions
- Self-reflection exercises that ground what you already know (more than you think)
- Getting familiar with the five dynamics and how to engage with them
- Tips and tricks for working with the cards
Who are the cards for?
Anyone trying to get groups of people working in collaboration to make an impact in the world.
- Team leaders
- Project managers
- Start ups
- Young people
- Community projects
To get the best of these cards you will have some experience of facilitating others. Leading collaborative groups is a muscle that takes time (a lifetime?) to build and these cards are not a magic wand. That said, they will arm you with a simple structure that can help you find the right conversations.
Where does the thinking come from?
This is a tool that has been built from two decades of practical experience and further informed by a whole host of social science and wisdom on: human psychology, design thinking, creative process, network analysis, empathy, group dynamics, relationships, power, agile, gestalt therapy, bioenergetics, somatics, anthropology of religion, and start-up-culture.
Richard Watkins is a lifelong collaborator who founded Let’s Go and created the Let’s Go model which outlines the dynamics and the conversations. He started his career with 8 years in R&D at BP before moving into consulting. Over the last decade (with What If, Business 3.0, Propellerfish and Let’s Go) he has worked on 75+ projects in 20+ countries working on innovation, strategy, culture change, and leadership. Outside of work, he has long been involved in local community projects and over the last 7 years leading global artistic collaborations (like The Mixup and The Airmail Project).
The cards and the model has been further built in collaboration. Let’s Go is a team of four with diverse backgrounds in strategy consulting, tech, education and community. We released a successful prototype edition of the cards, followed by a widely distributed beta version which has received acclaim universally. Our academic advisor, Laura Weiss (UCL) has also tested and approved the cards and is helping us to build a robust team psychometric platform.
More about Let’s Go
We are collaboration specialists. Our focus is on offering practical support to organisations who know they need to get more out of working in collaboration. The work we do:
- Inspiration and events
- Practical tools that work at scale (like these cards)
- Training and leadership development
- Consulting projects
Find out more about us at www.letsgo.so
Further endorsement for the Collaboration Cards:
"A fantastic tool for meaningful and productive team conversations. Highly recommended" Dr Ben Medlock MBE, Co-founder SwiftKey
"The Collaboration Cards helped me make concepts surrounding collaboration real. It's definitely helpful in creating honest and meaningful conversations with the team" Ana Herrera, Program Manager, Grameen Foundation
"For our yearly leadership event, I found the model of Let’s Go an easy to use, logical, intuitive and applicable approach that got great feedback from all participants. Those leaders that have experienced the collaboration event can now use the cards to take this approach forward with their teams and so on. Cards are high end and self-explanatory" Alexander Frank – Senior Director Organizational Development, Sanofi
"The Let's Go model is a smart way to make sense of groups, and the collaboration cards are a practical and powerful tool" Alex Marquez, Founder Propellerfish
"What Richard and the team have created through their card packs is a brilliant piece of powerful stimulation. Easy to use, easy to understand and most importantly easy to action" Allisyn James, Consultant, Ambidextrous
Risks and challenges
RISK 1: effectiveness
> The power of the cards will depend on the willingness of groups to have honest conversations - and the ability of the facilitator to hold the conversations. Groups can be difficult and this card deck isn't a magic wand for deeply ingrained dysfunction. That said, where there is a will there is a way and everything starts with a conversation.
> We have already run successful prototype testing and have good beta feedback - ongoing feedback will be coming in through the campaign and we expect to iterate/improve further for final KS print run
> We will be adapting our face to face training to work online (built in consultation with an advisor from a world-leading training firm)
> The thinking is consistent with social science - we are lucky to have Laura Weiss from UCL as an academic advisor.
RISK 2: production
> This is a technically easy print job
> We have a UK based supplier who specialises in cards and has already delivered two print runs - the most recent of 450 packs - we have had great quality and speed and a good working relationship
> We are in conversation about production runs scaling up and have identified a backup supplier who works with cards at scale if the order becomes too big for our current supplier - with a 60 day campaign we should be able to keep an eye on the direction of travel and respond accordingly
- (60 days)