Trust and Collaboration: a workshop for teams

It may be possible to have a successful business or organisation without significant levels of well-placed trust. But studies confirm that professional, and personal, life is better when you work with, and for, those you trust. Where skepticism is high and distrust reigns, collaboration, creativity, and effectiveness can suffer. Add to this the reality of high client expectations, busyness and competitive office cultures and you have the perfect recipe for difficult working relationships and ineffective teams. What can be done to place trust well where we work?

In this workshop, Brennan Jacoby and Sabina Abdulajeva will invite delegates to explore the nature of trust in their own professional lives. Teams win when they develop the discipline of mutual awareness, willingness to be subtle and give one’s best at the same time. When these disciplines replace less helpful features of work culture, space is made for well-placed trust to flourish, and true collaboration becomes possible.


Placing trust well requires a certain way of thinking, but it also takes a way of being and feeling. With this in mind, this workshop combines time-tested philosophical insight and practical exercises grounded in embodiment training. Through learning philosophical and practical tools participants will start noticing and controlling different automatic mechanisms that can otherwise inhibit collaboration.


  • A greater understanding of trust, trustworthiness and distrust, and how they impact professional relationships and performance;
  • Identification of office cultures that are counter-productive where trust is concerned;
  • An ability to stay present and enthusiastic while concentrating on a common objective;
  • Confidence in one’s own ability to move freely between listening to others, and expressing oneself;
  • The ability to stay relaxed and maintain healthy personal relationships while receiving constructive criticism; and
  • A personal training plan to keep practicing key exercises alone or with a team

This workshop is offered together with

Brennan Jacoby

Originally from Detroit (USA), Brennan holds degrees in philosophy from Macquarie University, Sydney (Ph.D), Western Michigan University (M.A.), and Spring Arbor University (B.A.). Drawing on his background in philosophy, he helps individuals and organisations bring clarity and direction to their personal lives and professional projects, and build better trust in their own contexts. Brennan’s doctoral research analysed trust and betrayal, and explained what it means for individuals and institutions to be trustworthy. He continues to research trust and develop creative ways to help individuals, brands, and organisations that want to build better trust, respond well to broken trust, or that simply want to understand the concept of trust more clearly. Some of the clients Brennan has developed bespoke workshops and/or written content for include: John Lewis; The School of Life; Media Arts Lab; The European Association of Communication Directors; The Museum of London; Theos Think Tank; Whole Systems Partnership; and Saracens Rugby Club.


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