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In all honesty, the supply of good examples about how well collaboration works is almost endless.  When I say good examples, I do not exclusively mean great collaboration stories.  It is more about facets of collaboration that can be valuable to an increasing number of people who recognise (albeit somewhat approximately) that skills, attitudes and capacities for collaboration, along with personal resilience, will be some of the most defining hallmarks of a future desired by employees.  Fairly soon, most job seekers (particularly those with a strong career bent) will be scrubbing their CV clean of many things they felt were the best attributes to promote to a potential employer.  Evidence of impeccable collaborative skills will not be easy to produce using a bit of self-marketing ingenuity.  Experienced employers who seek true collaboration will know where to look for indications of someone’s collaborative talent.

I hope ROADMENEDER can help add some value to both employers and job seekers through this selection of articles, which in this edition cover a very interesting spectrum of activities where collaboration is the key strategy.

As always my heartfelt thanks to colleagues who continue to provide feedback, suggestions and tips on interesting readings.

Collaborating with other businesses can build your bottom line

Business collaborations can be a crucial growth tool for cash-strapped startups and small business owners. Best described as a mutually beneficial relationship between two parties, a collaboration could see two businesses share staff, intellectual property, client lists or office space, for example. Jarryd Daymond is a project manager in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University, where he negotiates and manages various collaborations on behalf of the educational institute. While collaborations are often broadly accepted as a good idea by many in business, actually negotiating successful collaborations can prove difficult, he says…READ ON

...mutually beneficial relationship...

…mutually beneficial relationship…

5 Benefits of Collaboration Software

Do you use collaboration software on your projects? I hope so, as it’s a really easy way to improve the relationships between your project team members. It lets you cut down on email and it’s a straightforward way to minimize the chances of miscommunication. On one of my projects, a miscommunication over email led to an email chain of over 30 messages – collaboration software would have stopped that long exchange, and probably stopped the miscommunication in the first place!…READ ON

Minister invites meat industry collaboration

New Zealand’s red meat industry is not ”on the way out” but innovation, collaboration and development of market opportunities are needed to lift profitability, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says.  Addressing Beef and Lamb New Zealand’s annual meeting, Mr Guy said the industry had some serious challenges.  Profitability would not be improved by ”doing more of the same, or by simply selling more of the same”…READ ON

Secrets of CMO-CIO collaboration from Baxter International [Hangouts on Air]

Late last year we at IT World Canada decided to host a couple of roundtable sessions about CIO-CMO collaboration. The talks involved people from both lines of business, and from some very major organizations across Canada. We decided that to build on that conversation we’d hold a Google Hangouts on Air session with one of the participants that had a lot to contribute. Sherif Sheta is the regional CIO for the Canadian division of Baxter International, which makes medical equipment and healthcare products. In some ways, Baxter is in front of the trend: it has three CMOs, one for each business product unit. And the firm has already created an analytical solution to reduce medication error rates…READ ON

 

Collaboration according to the most important philosopher ever to write in English.

Collaboration according to the most important philosopher ever to write in English.

“Your corn is ripe today; mine will be so tomorrow. ‘Tis profitable for us both, that I should labour with you today, and that you should aid me tomorrow. I have no kindness for you, and know you have as little for me. I will not, therefore, take any pains upon your account; and should I labour with you upon my own account, in expectation of a return, I know I should be disappointed, and that I should in vain depend upon your gratitude. Here then I leave you to labour alone; You treat me in the same manner. The seasons change; and both of us lose our harvests for want of mutual confidence and security.”   ―     David Hume

Nepal offers collaboration

LAHORE: Pakistan-Nepal Bilateral Trade Agreement (BTA) provides MFN treatment to both sides as it is aimed at promoting trade and investment in areas of mutual benefit, therefore, businessmen in the two countries should avail this opportunity to enhance volume of two-way trade. This was stated by Napalese Ambassador Bharat Raj Paudyal during a meeting with business community here at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Monday.  He said that Nepal-Pakistan Joint Economic Commission (JEC) at the level of finance ministers has been a useful forum for promotion of economic collaboration…READ ON

Collaboration in the Digital Marketing Industry

Digital marketing is all about fan interaction. You might have the greatest marketing campaign mankind has ever crafted, but if you’re ignored online then all of that masterful work would be for nothing. That might be a bad example, since the greatest marketing campaign ever drafted would be innately un-ignorable, but the fact remains—digital marketing relies on interaction and collaboration between consumer and provider…READ ON

Take a chance on SME: how collaboration can boost UK firms

collaboration groupBusinesses need to collaborate and learn from each other to help Britain grow, argues Wendy Tan. At a recent FSB conference, the Prime Minister announced the Government’s pledge to cut red tape, which is hindering the growth of the UK’s small businesses. We welcomed this news, particularly as a growing technology business based in the heart of London, but urge the Government to go further and work smarter in order to support SMEs…READ ON

Google summit focuses on innovation, collaboration

Brian Mueller, GCU’s president and CEO, welcomed those attending the summit.

Brian Mueller, GCU’s president and CEO, welcomed those attending the summit.

In his 1988 bestselling book, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” author Robert Fulghum suggested that the best of life’s lessons could be found not in graduate school but in the Golden Rule sandbox: Play fair, say you’re sorry when you hurt someone, no hitting, flush.

At the top of Fulghum’s list: Share everything. An energetic team of Google experts, which spent two days this week at Grand Canyon University demonstrating the search giant’s coolest education apps, would not disagree…READ ON

…and now for something completely different…

Intelligent People More Likely to Trust Others

IQWhen it comes to trusting others, intelligent people are more likely to give the benefit of the doubt, while those who score lower on IQ tests are more likely to have trust issues, according to a new study by Oxford University. The findings, published in the journal PLOS ONE, are based on an analysis of the General Social Survey — a nationally representative public opinion survey given every one to two years…READ ON

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