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Jelenko Dragisic

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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 […]

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Business collaboration started off as a necessity for some industries.  It slowly become a clever competitive strategy, then a norm.  Businesses that get collaboration also get the fact that collaboration is not a real choice; sloppy collaboration is a cost no business can sustain.  Some are learning this […]

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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 […]

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More collaboration! That seems to be the loud and clear message across the business world in its endeavour to deal with a host of business challenges; from disruption to business slumps. While reports continue to indicate that collaboration can temporarily frustrate people, it should be remembered that collaboration […]

Watch your language

I have been fortunate to have had opportunities to live in different parts of the world and to learn different languages. What I have learned in that organic process of adapting to new environments and cultures is that language skills are far more than an ability to communicate […]

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One sure sign that collaboration is becoming an indispensable part of business strategy for smart businesses that understand competitive advantage, is an increasing investment in collaboration-focused technology. A very exciting aspect of this is immersive technology. How technology might shape collaboration is yet to be seen. Ultimately it […]

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Collaboration is rich ground for keen researchers. It is important that more research into collaboration is conducted as the discipline continues to mature. At the same time, as with all research, one has to be aware that findings are not automatically taken as truth. It is important to […]

Collaborator … know yourself!

This is not a paid promotion. It is not even a recommendation. Rather; it is positive feedback which is, of course, subjective. I am talking about the Kennedy app. ‘A minimalist journal that helps you contextualise your memories’, is how the app was described when it was launched […]

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“Collaboration is good business”. So asserts Forbes’ contributor Erica Dhawan in “The Secret Weapon For Collaboration”; an article that is included this edition of recommended reading. That simple message is worth repeating as we know that collaboration thrives when the right culture is in place. And, as with […]

Rome wasn’t built in a day

The hype surrounding the start-up culture that has gripped western economies over the past decade or so has become a de facto yardstick for any kind of achievement. Essentially, one struggles to find enough people to understand that not all businesses should be built upon the start-up model; […]

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Collaboration watchers may have observed that there were times when collaboration was seen as a threat to a highly prized culture of individualism. Collaboration was somehow perceived as being about collectives, group-thinks, and against individual brilliance. Today that has changed a lot since we have come to embrace […]

When disruption disrupts itself

Every year various major business consulting firms or some such influencers issue a list of emerging jobs or jobs that will be future professions. Many are quite entertaining, for instance; Simplicity Expert, Robot Counsellor, Head Monster, Locationists, Privacy Manager and so on. In most cases they are not […]

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Is it too late to add another New Year’s resolution?  I reckon it’s not.  So my pledge is to increase the rate of collaboration.  It will definitely pay off in the long run, even though it can be a bit demanding in the short term.  For those who […]