Based on the research of Julian Day (PhD), home of the Systemic Stairway™

Driving organisational effectiveness through collaboration and facilitation.

Collaboration methodologies you can use to do extraordinary things with the people you work with, in any situation no matter how complex. Boost collective intelligence, accelerate problem-solving, secure agreement on key priorities, and make high-impact decisions and strategies. 

Unlike other teamwork and performance approaches that focus primarily on personal mastery and interpersonal skills, Deliberate Collaboration offers robust and practical methodologies for deliberately designing and managing the interactive conversations and collaboration required to overcome organisational challenges and ensure project success.

Systems thinking & conversation design principles

Our collaboration methodologies based on solid theory and PhD research incorporating systems thinking and conversation design principles.

Robust methodologies and practical tools and techniques

Simple yet powerful methodologies, tools and techniques to make designing and managing collaboration practical and easier in any situation. 

A new language and
vocabulary for creating change

We offer you a new language and vocabulary around collaboration to help drive alignment and agreement in team processes that create change.

Collaboration methodologies and courses

 Learn the methodologies,  skills, practices, and tools that underpin the  Design, Management and Facilitation of deliberate collaboration in problem-solving, decision-making, strategy development and execution. Learn how to succeed in any project, systems implementation or change initiative no matter how complex.


Systemic Collaboration

Theory & frameworks
Gain a deep understanding of the theory underlying collaboration and conversation design (and the Systemic Stairway™). Systemic Collaboration is a practical methodology that enables you to diagnose dysfunctional conversation networks, design productive conversations and facilitate intelligent collaboration.



Method & tools
The cornerstone methodology. The Systemic Stairway™ is a practical, reusable collaboration design that can be used by managers and leaders to boost collective intelligence and identify and agree on key priorities in team problem-solving and decision-making processes in a wide variety of strategic and operational situations. The Systemic Stairway™ has been taught to and is used by thousands. 



Execute & implement
Deepen and enrich practical facilitation skills necessary for implementing and executing productive collaboration across a wide range of complex team, project and organisational challenges. This course is only available through our Facilitator Certification Programme

How it works

Training, Projects and Programmes

1. Learn

Learn one or both of our collaboration courses: Systemic Stairway™ and Systemic Collaboration. We offer a variety of training options, online course, virtual or in-person to suit your learning and training requirements.

2. Embed

Learning is never enough. Ensure ROI by embedding the collaboration methodologies and skills in your team through our action learning projects contextualised to management level and organisational needs.

3. Certify

We now offer Systemic Stairway™ Facilitator Certification and Trainer Certification to help you take your professional development to the next level and master facilitation skills to implement collaboration in any complex situation.

Facilitation & Consulting

Speeding up organisational learning, decision-making and execution. The quicker we learn, the quicker we win. We facilitate intelligent collaborations that accelerate the rate at which management and leadership teams collaboratively understand and agree on your systemic priorities and create executable decisions to overcome your challenges and achieve results.

Julian Day

Founder & creator

Julian Day started to experiment with new ways to address the IT implementation problem after having worked in the industry for 20 years as a software developer, systems analyst and project manager. Julian’s research culminated in a PhD entitled “The Design of Collaborative Projects”. Julian developed practical methodologies (the Systemic Stairway™ being a cornerstone) for enabling diverse people to collaborate intelligently in all types of complex situations. Julian has used his methodologies as a facilitator to help many top organisations manage their complex situations and implement their projects successfully. He teaches at prestigious business schools in Southern Africa and has trained thousands of people who find his methodologies practical and useful. 

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