Collaborative Intelligence: Thinking with People Who Think Differently

Understand the different ways people think and process information. Recognize mind patterns and create a more collaborative workspace.


2020 date: TBD


8:00am – 12:00pm

Registration fee includes course materials, campus parking and catered breakfast.

This class is part of the Leadership Certificate Program.


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About the Program

We’ve all had those meetings…the ones where we find ourselves asking “what is wrong with them?” But what if they are not the problem? What if we just haven’t found the best path to communicate and collaborate with someone whose intellectual processes differ from ours? Collaborative intelligence works to create understanding about the variety of ways people think and process information to foster a stronger sense of collaboration in the workplace. Through a series of practices and strategies, participants will learn how to recognize different mind patterns and map the talents of your teams, with the goal of embarking together on an aligned course of action and influence.

Collaborative Intelligence

The course is drawn from the book Collaborative Intelligence by Dawna Markova, a culmination of more than fifty years of original research that draws on the author’s background in cognitive neuroscience and her work with Professional Thinking Partners. Dr. Rebecca Johannsen has a certification in Collaborative Intelligence from Professional Thinking Partners and the course uses materials developed by Markova to bring theory into practice.


This program works with participants to:

  • Understand Mind Patterns: Recognize how your mind works and how others’ minds work
  • Uncovering Thinking Talents: Learning yours and becoming a thinking partner to others
  • Developing Inquiry: Bridging our differences by discovering your inquiry style and the style of others
  • Discovering Mind Share: Creating a collaborative future by shifting your mindset and the mindset of others

Who Should Attend

Collaborative Intelligence is for managers and team members who regularly collaborate in any industry. Discover how to use your new understanding of how people process information to make your meetings more productive and positive, aligning your goals, and strengthening your influence.

Praise for Collaborative Intelligence:

"This inspiring book teaches you how to align your intention with the intention of others, and how, through shared strengths and talents, you have every right to expect greatness and set the highest goals and expectations.”—Deepak Chopra

“Everyone talks about collaboration today, but the rhetoric typically outweighs the reality. Collaborative Intelligence offers tangible tools for those serious about becoming ‘system leaders’ who can close the gap and make collaboration real.”—Peter M. Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline

“I have worked with Markova and McArthur for several years, focusing on achieving better results through intellectual diversity. Their approach has encouraged more candid debate and collaborative behavior within the team. The team, not individuals, becomes the hero.”—Al Carey, CEO, PepsiCo


Rebecca Johannsen

Dr. Rebecca Johannsen has taught courses with Rady in Public Speaking and Emotional Intelligence for several years, pairing exercises used by actors with the latest in organizational training and development. Dr. Johannsen holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from the joint doctoral program at UC Irvine and UC San Diego and a Master’s degree in Theatre from San Diego State. She has taught theatre at New York University, Fordham University, CSU Northridge, and Speech and Communication at Mercy College in New York. She currently resides in London  where she is developing courses in Emotional Intelligence, Public Speaking, and Creativity with organizations across the UK. She is also an accomplished actor, director, dramaturg and producer of theatre in San Diego, New York City, and London.


*The Rady School of Management Center for Executive Development (CED) may change, postpone or cancel a class at any time.  We do not provide refunds for any fees related to travel, including but not limited to gas, bus fare, train tickets, airline tickets, etc.  Certificate requirements may also change. We will provide as much notice as possible should this occur.

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