Frequently Asked Questions (click on any entry below)

How will my professional stay on top of things if they're out of the office?

How long do I have to commit to a PowerHouse?

What if my professional misses a PowerHouse day due to other commitments?

What about confidentiality?

Wouldn't it be better to invest in collaboration within my organisation?

Why can’t I just do this myself? Arrange for my professional to spend time with peers from other organisations?

Can’t I achieve similar things by sending my senior professional to conferences and training courses?

What kind of tasks can be done better collaboratively?

How can I monitor the success of your program and the value it brings?

What if my professional doesn’t ‘like’ the group, or members of the group, that you place them in?

How will you stop others 'poaching' my best people while they're at the PowerHouse?
To understand what can be done better collaboratively, you have to know what we mean by collaboration.  At a PowerHouse, this covers the full gamut from water-cooler conversations, to formal facilitated sessions around strategy development, and everything in between.

It can be incredibly useful to simply 'run something past' someone you trust and admire for early feedback.

It can be powerful to ask others if they've already done what you're about to embark upon, receiving advice, documents or even a commitment to help.

At the more formal end of the spectrum, small groups will coalesce to deal with their immediate front-burner issues, perhaps with the help of our skilled facilitators, utilising our well-defined and powerful processes.

Given this range of collaboration possibilities, below is a snapshot of what is typically handled collaboratively:

Strategies, business-cases for action, implementation plans, understanding new regulations and standards, people- and time-management issues, future risks and opportunities, bullet-proof scopes of work, selecting contractors and service providers, assessing systems and technologies, least-cost compliance with regulations, understanding external stakeholder expectations, staff development for subordinates, measuring and monitoring regimes (related to particular disciplines), finding and accessing external sources of knowledge and expertise, feedback on presentations and draft documents, etc.