It is always exciting when a new book about collaboration is released. It is simply a good sign. More research, more thinking, more reflecting on growing this strategic discipline is welcome news, not just for those who focus on collaboration but also those who want to innovate their business practices. Creative Conspiracy: The New Rules of Breakthrough Collaboration is the work of Leigh Thompson. Ms Thompson is a management expert who makes a sublime point by arguing that “collaboration that is conscious, planned, and focused on generating new ideas builds excitement and produces a “creative conspiracy.”. More about the book is included in this week’s recommended readings.

Thanks to those who have suggested articles for this edition of Roadmender Recommends.


Confidence and Collaboration are Key to my Success as a Young Professional

Stephen Hawking, the visionary British astrophysicist, has been a source of inspiration for me and an example to follow since my university days. “A Brief History of Time” is the title of his most famous work, and today I am borrowing it to tell you about my first eight years in the work world, during which I matured from a new graduate in engineering into a professional woman with a career in IT…READ ON


Only through collaboration can we set about driving a vibrant economy

Whatever side you take in the EU referendum, there seems to be one common aspiration – for the UK to be a vibrant economy; one that is inclusive and where each person realises their potential. Did you know that if gross value added per worker – a measure of what each contributes to the economy – in every region of the UK was the same as the G7 average (except in London where it is higher), £479bn could be added to the UK economy by 2025? To achieve this, we need to consider what drives a vibrant economy, so we can capitalise on our skills, passion and heritage…READ ON


This Is the Key to Real Collaboration in Tech

No one knows and appreciates the virtues of a collaborative work environment more than Jason Saltzman, founder and CEO of New York City-based shared workspace Alley. The key to making a true collaborative environment work? Open source technology, Saltzman says. The perfect example of open source technology at work is Google’s Android, the mobile operating system that device makers…READ ON


The Key To Eliminating Fraud? Collaboration

Ad fraud in video and display is nothing new – it’s an issue that has plagued the industry for the past 20 years. And while we’ve seen various anti-fraud initiatives and developments come to fruition in the past decade, 2015 was especially significant. Last year, the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) launched the TAG Fraud Threat List, a database of domains that have been identified as sources of fraudulent bot traffic for digital ads. TAG also debuted a program to block illegitimate and nonhuman ad traffic originating from data centers in conjunction with the industry’s biggest leaders…READ ON


Creative Conspiracy: The New Rules of Breakthrough Collaboration

creative conspiracyEmbracing the Counterintuitive Side of Collaboration… Think of your to-do list at work. Chances are the most important tasks require you to work with others–and the success of those endeavours depends on the effectiveness of your collaboration. According to management expert Leigh Thompson, collaboration that is conscious, planned, and focused on generating new ideas builds excitement and produces what she calls a “creative conspiracy.” Teams that conspire to organize themselves, motivate one another, and combine their talents to meet creative challenges are the hallmark of the most successful…READ ON


Collaboration vs. Cooperation. There Is a Difference.

As business continues to globalize and our industry becomes increasingly complex, lots of people are talking about collaboration. It’s often a client mandate and agency imperative, though sometimes it feels like just a price-of-entry buzzword that people say because they know they’re supposed to. Marketers use collaboration as a way to solve thorny, global problems (and occasionally to bring in other partners — thinking that there’s always…READ ON


Cloud Collaboration Market Worth 42.57 Billion USD by 2021

According to a new market research report “Cloud Collaboration Market by Solution & Service (UCC, Document Management System, Project and Team Management, Enterprise Social Collaboration & Training, Consulting and Integration and Support and Maintenance), by Region – Global Forecast to 2021”, published by MarketsandMarkets, the global market is estimated to grow from USD 23.39 Billion in…READ ON