Five ways to promote collaboration in the team

True collaboration practitioners have a good grasp of the essential factors that make collaboration work, however context is something that I believe should be the starting point.  Regardless of preferences (they matter little unless there is a strategy in place), the following article provides five key factors which should form the bare essentials of a collaboration practitioner’s toolbox.  Full story…


Innovation precincts to boost collaboration

The Australian recently reported this bit of welcoming news from Industry Minister Ian Mcfarlane “Speaking at Shell’s Innovation Open House in Canberra yesterday, Mr Macfarlane indicated he would build on and develop the former Labor government’s plan to establish a series of innovation precincts around the country and flagged a possible announcement on the plan before Christmas.”  While the sentiment of the message was focused on innovation, it is also very clear that collaboration will be key to achieving innovation, and thereby bring industry and government into better alignment.  Full story…


Better cross-sector collaboration is about people not just structures

Director of Collaborate Dr Henry Kippin wrote this piece for the Guardian that explores options for a clearly important question: how do we secure a better solution for a public that is dealing with an almost unending series of challenges?  As a collaboration strategist, I do not need convincing but I really liked this piece as Dr Kippin gets the big picture, as well as the strategy, perfectly.  Full article…


Microsoft: ‘Increased collaboration’ key to tackle abuse

Complex problems are largely viewed as being complicated precisely because of their pervasive nature.  They tend to spread across areas that no one discipline can tackle alone.  When complexities persist, they tend to create their own ‘eco system’ that becomes all but entrenched.  One such area is children’s safety and the internet.  Here’s an example of collaboration being approached as the best way to deal with the issue.  Microsoft says “increased collaboration” is key to combating online child abuse content.  Full story…


Social collaboration is now easier than ever for Government workers – here’s why

Jass Stanchak, a contractor with Microsoft, makes a case for collaboration in workplace in this interesting (any plug for Microsoft aside) analysis for improving collaboration in the workplace.  The author cites a report (which will probably not be a surprise to most people) that indicates a large portion, in this case 39%, of workers in the UK think that organisations need to rethink how they operate.  The importance of collaboration in the workplace is no longer a question of clever HR management but rather and much more, it is about business competition.  In Australia, collaboration in the workplace is still far from a mature practice however this will inevitably change once the key competition strategists realise that the best workers can only be as productive as the quality of collaboration in the organisation.  Full story…


Collaboration, people, technology seen as key to oil industry’s future

A few things concern the entire world as much as does the future of energy.  Political factors aside, collaboration is emerging as a more likely strategy of ensuring the oil industry’s future, according to leading industry figures.  This article quotes the secretary general of OPEC who states that ““Without new people, without new technologies and without collaboration the industry would go backwards. These three entwined issues are essential to the short- and long-term market stability that we all desire.” Full article…



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