No limit. That’s how I could describe the potential of collaboration today. I think the following selection of recommended reading attests to that. While I won’t play favourites, because it truly is great to see the diverse range of views and insights on collaboration as well examples of its application, I will simply mention a few that have lingered in my mind. The piece on body language and collaboration is good and timely because, as always, body language coherence is vital to any strategy and work activity. The article on innovation and MBA qualifications seems to be viewed by some as a slightly troubled combination. Also in this edition, another really great insight into the potential of philosophy to offer more to business leaders than is usually assumed. So, hopefully there’s something for all in the mix this week. And, remember; the future belongs to collaboration.



Is Your Body Language Sabotaging Collaboration?

Most leaders today are aware of the need to look confident, powerful, and assertive, but fewer understand the impact of empathy and warmth. And this may be more of a career-limiting factor than they know. As organizations move toward more collaborative cultures, your success as a leader increasing depends on your ability to make team members feel valued, respected, and included. While power and confidence are non-verbally displayed by expanding into height and space, when you want to encourage collaboration, you’d be wise to replace those status cues with warmer ones – and that starts by keeping your body relaxed and open. Not doing so is a body language mistake that can sabotage your leadership effectiveness…READ ON


Responsible Collaboration

What does it mean in 20/20?

◾Responsible Collaboration means working together on a common goal of excellent process safety performance.

◾This means seeking to understand each other’s point of view and respecting each other’s perspective.

◾This includes removing barriers to sharing and learning from incidents, promoting consistent understanding of risks, and maintaining effective process safety…READ ON


Why Innovators Hate M.B.A.’s

graduationIf you want to be an innovator or an entrepreneur, should you go to business school? At first glance, maybe not: Peter Thiel once said, “Never ever hire an M.B.A.; they will ruin your company.” Meanwhile, Scott Cook, founder and leader of Intuit, recently told me, “When M.B.A.’s come to us, we have to fundamentally retrain them–nothing they learned will help them succeed at innovation.” Perhaps a stronger indictment comes from Elon Musk, founder of Tesla, SpaceX, Solar City, and PayPal, who said, “As much as possible, avoid hiring M.B.A.’s. M.B.A. programs don’t teach people how to create companies … our position is that we hire someone in spite of an M.B.A., not because of one.”…READ ON


Collaboration tools: Making location moot

collaboration toolsGovernment employees have a variety of tools to facilitate collaboration with their colleagues — whether they are pursuing scientific research or gathering requirements for a new piece of software. The options range from consumer-grade tools for sharing files and free audio conferencing services to products that offer higher levels of security or support more structured forms of collaboration. The task for agencies is to line up the right tool for the job. As a result, an agency might work with a diverse set of collaboration tools rather than a single offering. READ ON


Students create online platform for art collaboration

Amyn Kassam, philosophy and anthropology junior, is the co-founder of the art curation blog, RedThroatHouse.com. Photo Credit: Joshua Guerra | Daily Texan Staff

Amyn Kassam, philosophy and anthropology junior, is the co-founder of the art curation blog, RedThroatHouse.com. Photo Credit: Joshua Guerra | Daily Texan Staff

Red Throat House is a weekly online publication that launched in April and serves as a platform for artists to collaborate and mix mediums. “The nature of this project is to be very social,” co-founder Ben Clancy said. “We’re really just interested in seeing what happens when we put artists together and give them as much freedom as we possibly can.” Clancy, a communications graduate student at Texas State University, wrote the website’s slogan, “You are dying. We can help.” He said it is meant to provoke a feeling of ambiguity, and could be interpreted as both saving artists from death or helping artists along with the process of dying. That slightly morbid outlook has become a theme on the website…


Physician-Pharmacist Collaboration Keeps Asthma Patients Out of Hospitals

In a study that will be presented next month at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, implementing physician-pharmacist collaborative management (PPCM) methods reduced asthma-related emergency department visits. Researchers from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy observed patients enrolled in the Collaboration Among Pharmacists and Physicians to Improve Blood Pressure Now (CAPTION) trial, which aimed to monitor changes in blood pressure levels following the implementation of PPCM. The 5-year CAPTION trial examined 32 primary care clinics, each of which enrolled approximately 10 to 15 patients aged 12 years or older with persistent asthma…READ ON


Microsoft solutions support Qld councils collaboration

The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) is implementing Microsoft SharePoint 2013, CRM Online and Microsoft Azure, aimed at improving collaboration between it and its 77 local council members in the State. The association says it decided to embark on a technology refresh, a key part of which was aimed at making it easier for all local members to tap into the value delivered by the organisation’s “long corporate memory, such as subject matter experts with recollections around the various policy rebates throughout the years.”..READ ON


How Philosophy Makes You a Better Leader


The goal of most executive coaching and leadership development is behaviour change—help the individual identify and change the behaviours that are getting in the way of, and reinforce the behaviours associated with, effective leadership. But what about the beliefs and values that drive behaviour? The benefits of introspection and reflection on one’s own character and beliefs receive less attention in a typical coaching session than the benefits of behaviour change. Perhaps this is not surprising in our fast-paced and technology-driven business world, where there is little time to stop and think, and where people want (and are paying for) immediate outcomes. Despite growing recognition of the benefits of “mindfulness” activities (such as yoga and meditation) and an introverted style, self-reflection on philosophical issues—such as values, character virtues, and wisdom—is relatively neglected. Executive coaching and leadership development programs rarely include much, if anything, about the power of clarifying one’s philosophical world-view. But there is mounting evidence that they should…READ ON


…and now for something completely different…


Are Young People Losing Their Creative Edge?

writing_painting_creativitySince the 1950s, social scientists have studied creativity using a standard called the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking. Using that measure, researchers have found creativity in decline among young people over the past two decades. Now, a recent study has refined the picture of adolescent creativity. A team of researchers, led by Katie Davis of the University of Washington, found that it matters what kind of art you’re talking about. Taking examples of fiction and visual art published in student literary magazines in the 1990s and 2000s, Davis and her team catalogued them by characteristics such as genre, structure, tone, style, and other criteria. What they found surprised them: Fiction by adolescents was more inventive and experimental in the 1990s, while stories written in the 2000s stick more closely to everyday reality. “What we found was the creative writing became more mundane,” Davis tells Kurt Andersen in an interview. “They may take place in a school or in a home, whereas in the earlier pieces they may take place on Mars.”..READ ON

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