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Jelenko Dragisic

Convincing your boss to collaborate

A couple of  years ago researchers at Berkley published a paper titled “Failure at the Top: How Power Undermines Collaborative Performance” which concluded that when asked to collaborate “groups of high power individuals performed worse because they fought over their relative status in the group, were less focused […]

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The growing need for collaboration is expanding the attitude of smart businesses which recognise one simple fact: collaboration is a strategy that can be crafted to work well.  Good business solves problems.  Complex problems call for collaboration, which invariably adds value to sustainable business.  Undertaking collaboration successfully requires […]

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The staying power of collaboration as a business strategy is a powerful reminder to business leaders that a truly competitive business can’t really ignore collaboration any more than it can its ICT, Marketing and Comms or HR strategies.  Two very commonly observed factors that prevent some from embracing […]

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Science Says There’s 1 Thing That Can Make You a Particularly Weak Collaborator Emotional intelligence is simply the act of being aware of emotions. Those with high “EQ” or emotional quotient are aware of not only their emotions but the emotions of others. Those with high EQ can […]

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Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos Not all collaboration is smart. Make sure you do it right. Professional service firms face a serious challenge. Their clients increasingly need them to solve complex problems–everything from regulatory compliance to cybersecurity, the kinds of problems […]

Collaboration: the mother of all disruptions

One thing that I’ve notice is the increased chatter about collaboration from various corners of governments when they talk about delivering services in partnership with the NFP sector.  I am not alone.  This is something many notice and discuss discreetly.  A proper, open conversation has not fully matured, […]

We know a collaborator when we see one

Science tells us that people have fine-tuned their skills to detect some features about humans in a matter of seconds.  We form impressions of each other literally within a matter of seconds and mostly without being aware of it.  So, I wonder how long it takes to detect […]

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The most competitive businesses in the world (and thus those most likely to have a future) know one thing better than the rest: collaboration is the key.  This is not a secret.  Good businesses get collaboration.  It’s not something to be feared despite the fact that it is […]

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A quick survey of works about collaboration indicates that there has been a fivefold increase in published books every decade over the past 25 odd years.  The clear conclusion is that collaboration is a topic of increasing significance.  The interesting thing is that, as a way of work, […]

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Silos are good for storing grain … or guided long-range missiles.  They are expensive and valued structures that make sense if your primary concern is food safety or warfare.  But when we build them in our workplace, they are nothing more than a major cost to business.  There […]

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A few things make a business as competitive as its capacity to remain relevant.  That is easy to disregard as many business managers tend to ignore disruptive factors.  Relevance in the marketplace can be achieved by many means.  Collaboration has emerged as an indispensable strategy to maintaining relevance […]

Collaboration Strategy for non-strategists

I sometimes wonder if people think that a collaboration strategy is some kind of office mantra where people walk around like zombies repeating ‘collaboration, collaboration, collaboration’ in perfect harmony. To be fair, more people are getting used to the idea that collaboration is a specifically focussed business strategy […]

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How does trust affect collaboration?  This is an important question that every collaboration focused organisation needs to tackle.  Most of the stuff that has been written about collaboration over the past 20 years includes references to trust as a major factor.  And much of these have been written […]

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A rising aspect of collaboration is the human-machine work coexistence.  A steady increase in this specific form of collaboration is also raising quite a concern: technological unemployment.  Study after study confirms people are convinced that robots will take over a lot of human jobs.  The Pew Research Centre […]

Workplace collaboration; getting started

“Start where you are, use what you have, and do what you can.” Arthur Ashe Research suggests that collaboration is good for business on many levels.  Consider these findings by Deloitte: companies that prioritise collaboration are: Five times more likely to experience a considerable increase in employment Twice […]

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When we consider collaboration, productivity matters a lot.  Whichever way we look at it there is no escaping the fact that poor, albeit well meaning, collaboration can be costly.  This issue can be tackled but it does take one specific bent; understanding that collaboration is about smart strategy […]