Scale of Cooperation Workshop

The Scale of Cooperation Team Workshop

Why is it that some teams are “running smoothly” and others are “completely stuck”?
The Scale of Collaboration is most helpful in every phase of team development. It is a roadmap for teams in difficult times, but also for top teams who want to function optimally under high pressure.




2-6 hours

Group size:

5 or more


getting to know the model

reflection and discussion based on own experience

new ideas how to boost cooperation to be implemented

What is the Scale of Cooperation?

The quality of cooperation in a group can result in Survival, Avoidance or Cooperation. We see this as a scale that groups move along, slipping and sliding on the way. They can classify themselves, and indicate the group’s span. Our courses help groups achieve a higher level of cooperation:

  • How are change and growth achieved?
  • Is there a good deal of mutual pressure, and does this benefit people?
  • Do people value and acknowledge each other’s contributions, and do they share their successes?

All these things matter, and they determine the success of businesses, courses and educational performance.


scale of cooperation model

The picture depicts the three worlds: Struggling Avoiding and Cooperation. These three worlds or states depend on the people behaviour. The team can be “locked” in one of them, behaviours that are characteristic for a given world keep people in this world. The model gives hints on how to move on as a team towards the world of effective cooperation and satisfying team work.

Being locked in the struggling state means a lot of pressure. A natural reaction towards pressure is defense. It is either to win or to lose. Us of them. In this state people blame others, look for guilt. The mindset focused on difficulties, criticism and negativity dominates. The team is performing below its potential.

Avoiding is the most fascinating of the three worlds because the people who are there rarely show what exactly they are avoiding. There might me multiple reasons: the team might not want to enter into struggle; the goal might not be clear for them or they miss clarity in the process they are part of. Discovering the hidden reason might be a step forward towards cooperation.

Cooperation means acknowledging, showing mutual trust and reassuring each other. There is a common clear goal, synergy, learning from each other. The mindset focused on possibilities dominates and searching for solutions that will be beneficial for everybody.

During the workshop we use active training methods that enable the participants to experience each of the above described states, reflect on that and reach practical conclusions. The program might be addressed to managers, teams or team leaders.


Here you can read more about the Scale of Cooperation. 

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