The payments industry (Paypal, etc.) is reaching to collaboration as a way of creating strategic disruption, while collaboration between doctors shows that the cost of cancer care can be lowered. These are some of the examples in this week’s selection worth noting and gleaning. However, what I particularly like is the growing focus on how SMEs can actually make the most of collaboration, both internally as a productivity measure and externally as a way of enhancing competitiveness. The mobility and agility that is required in collaboration is a comparative advantage for small business and not for profit sector agencies who are normally flatter in structure and less leveraged in terms of resources.


Investing in Collaboration

I attended “The Art of Collaboration” yesterday at the Commonwealth Club. Stewart Levine was an intelligent and witty presenter on the importance of collaboration skills in the workplace. I think the dude should teach at the Learning Annex but he’s probably got a full calendar working with Resolution Works and Mobile Business Academy. I learned enough about his themes to want to read his book Getting to Resolution because I must apply financial metrics to collaboration…READ ON


5 Everyday Ways to Collaborate in Your Small Business

Small business owners are known to be busy and often over-scheduled, which can make it very challenging to find time to network and collaborate with fellow small business owners. But for those who find the time and make collaboration a priority, the benefits are significant. Small business collaboration can be an effective way to expand your network, tackle challenges that are difficult to manage on your own, and learn from new experiences…READ ON


Collaboration can help everyone

Do you have a collaborative environment and culture in your small business? Do you and your employees like to mutually explore options on challenges you are facing? Are you encouraging your team to make collaboration a priority for solving problems? Collaboration in your small business can be helpful to everyone, and it will help you achieve better business results. Collaboration is defined as working with another person or group to achieve a shared goal…READ ON


Why Collaboration with Startups is the Future

US-BUSINESS-START UP INCUBATORIt seems like every week another major global corporation is partnering with an accelerator or acquiring an early-stage start-up. Nike, Kaplan, Pearson, Sprint, MasterCard, Lloyds of London, GE, Booz Allen, Coca-Cola, MedStar, and more have embraced collaboration with startups as a key element of their innovation strategy. These organizations aren’t alone. The 2014 GE Global Innovation Barometer survey reports that 85 percent of corporate respondents said that collaboration with startups and entrepreneurs will drive success for their organization in the future. What’s driving this trend? At its core, there are two key reasons why global brands are moving out of their comfort zone and embracing collaboration with new upstarts: defence and offense…READ ON


How collaborative credit can heal – rather than just disrupt – capitalism

Collaborative credit isn’t scarce like conventional currencies, and doesn’t come with interest demands. Photograph: Simon Cooper/PA

Collaborative credit isn’t scarce like conventional currencies, and doesn’t come with interest demands. Photograph: Simon Cooper/PA

The payments industry is awash with talk of disruption. Paypal may soon seem just a minor splash compared with the tidal wave of mobile payment apps and cryptographic currencies. Already more money is being transacted around the world each day by bitcoin than by Western Union. Cryptocurrencies, and specifically the distributed ledgers that maintain them, are a disruptive technology, in the classic sense of disruptive technologies that begin by appealing to niche markets but have the capacity to scale rapidly and make some of the products and services of incumbents less attractive…READ ON


NFP Collaboration Infographic


Study: Collaboration between docs, insurers lowers cost of cancer care

A UnitedHealth Group study found the cost of cancer care dropped when doctors were paid a lump sum per case and were showed how they compared with others treating the same cancers. The Minnetonka-based company says even with an increase in drug costs, total costs went down by a third. The study tracked not only costs but also 60 quality of care measures. The study’s lead author, UnitedHealth Senior Vice President Lee Newcomer, says the collaboration between doctors and the insurer made a major difference…READ ON


Getting Past the Barriers to Collaboration

Collaboration is quickly becoming a contender for buzzword of the year. The term is so widely used when identifying important tools for innovation, but its importance in the business world is still difficult to deny. For successful 21st century global enterprises, collaboration among employees and with external partners and customers is critical. The 2014 GE Global Innovation Barometer study indicates that nearly two-thirds of companies surveyed report some form of collaboration in their innovation process. That’s an impressive number. But if collaboration is so universally recognized as a good thing, why don’t all companies embrace it? There are many barriers that anti-collaborationists can point to, but no excuse is defensible in a 21st century company…READ ON


…and now for something completely different…


The Daily Routines Of 26 Of History’s Most Creative Minds

daily routine

Perhaps what stands out most is how few of these creative people had good old-fashioned day jobs. Writer Franz Kafka was the only one in this group who had a profession unrelated to his creative field: he was, famously and miserably, a bureaucrat at the Worker’s Accident Insurance Institute in the Kingdom of Bohemia (not as cool as it sounds). Philosopher Immanuel Kant lectured at a university in the mornings, American writer Kurt Vonnegut taught at a school, composer Wolfgang Mozart gave music lessons here and there, and Sigmund Freud, founder of psychoanalysis, treated patients. But the rest spent virtually all their waking hours–in some cases, hours most people spend sleeping–devoted to their creative and intellectual work…READ ON



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