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It’s been a long time since the word ‘silo’ was fashionable. It normally gets a bad rap. When we talk about collaboration then it is even more so the case. But it is important not to overdo it by assuming that silos are always a bad thing in […]

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Here’s a question I ask myself often; is there any point in a future where nothing will be possible without collaboration? More specifically, I wonder at what point humans will reach the tipping point where value creation will only be possible because of collaboration? Frankly, I know that […]

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Wikipedia has just celebrated 15 years of service. I can’t imagine there is a person out there who has not used it. It is just one of those reference tools one can’t go without. In many ways Wikipedia is almost synonyms with the idea of collaboration more so […]

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Collaboration is a good thing. But it can be better when we understand its more challenging aspects. And as with all forms of business practice, it is of critical importance that collaboration be examined from a variety of angles. Recognising that collaboration is not a magic wand is […]

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People obsess about many things – it’s part of what makes us human I guess. One of those obsessions is with definitions. For some reason we seem to have a never-ending desire to define things before we do anything else. And so it is with collaboration. I often […]

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Over the past year, ROADMENDER has assembled over 300 articles on collaboration from a variety of sources adding to an increasingly large aggregate library. 2015 is considered by many to be the year when collaboration became mainstream, or cool as one of the articles in this week’s selection […]

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Has collaboration gone mainstream in 2015? I am inclined to say ‘yes’ despite my feeling to the contrary. This year I have noticed a marked increase in both discussion about the practice and what it means for business, government, universities, the community sector, and individuals, I have also […]

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This week’s selection of recommended reading makes a lengthy list. I found each article very interesting. But, if I had to choose the one as a must-read then it would be the ‘Collaboration key to innovation’. It really is a great piece by Professor Ian Jacobs, Vice-Chancellor of […]

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Chances are that one can be a bit tired of hearing about collaboration these days. The word is on everyone’s lips. And yet there’s always something new happening. New collaborative solutions spring up all the time. More surveys and research are revealing the good and the challenging sides […]

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There is evidence to suggest that people who collaborate tend to work faster and harder. They achieve more. So, should hiring managers pay more attention to the collaboration capacity and attitudes of new staff? I think yes. In fact, I think there would have to be an exceptional […]

When to Turn Down Collaboration

Collaboration in the entertainment industry is hot right now. Essentially, all pop music stars maintain their relevance by collaborating at one point or another with other musicians. It is not only pop stars that collaborate. The fashion industry, sport, gaming and others all embrace collaboration. It has become […]

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Right now we are experiencing a mini boom in the proliferation of collaboration focused tech tools. There is a sense of a race currently underway, with major players pouring resources into collaboration tools and starts-ups cropping up everywhere. I see that as a good thing because it also […]

Reboot your business development

Let’s be clear; collaboration is not the answer to every business challenge. But ignoring its potential is quite likely to make every aspect of your business more complicated and costlier. With that in mind I recommend that in the current oscillating climate of business confidence uncertainty and disruption, […]

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It is ok to say ‘no’ to collaboration. (Pop music mega star Adele created a bit of a buzz recently with her refusal to collaborate with another star, Beyonce. Some say it wasn’t true, thus the buzz.) But before we say ‘no’ we should know why, and our […]

Composing Collaboration

Collaboration is a strategy. So, it only works as it should when it is approached as a strategy. But how we approach strategy is an even larger question. Over the years I have taken part in strategic planning in a range of capacities. Some I led myself, in […]

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Not all collaborators get their start in the same way. Some get hooked after they stumble across it while working on an exciting project; others react after a dose of FOMO. Whatever the case, the evidence is clear: everyone is increasingly aware that collaboration is a factor that […]

Collaboration: it’s only a word…

Collaborator /kəˈlabəreɪtə/ (noun) – an associate or assistant in labour, particularly literary or scientific Over time, the meaning of many words changes. In most cases the changes take effect very slowly, to the point that we barely notice it. Some words change meaning almost completely; others only slightly. […]

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Some people approach collaboration with suspicion. It’s a deep seated attitude going back to the days when competition was defined in terms that neglected a very simple fact; common good and common goals underpin all healthy competition. Competition and collaboration are the new marriage made in heaven for […]

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Collaboration makes some people uneasy. That then can easily translate into defensive behaviour, as people generally tend to rationalise their feelings. And then things are likely to snowball into something you can call anything under the sun except collaboration. But frankly it’s still early days with regard to […]

Collaboration: Nothing Personal

When people enter into a close working arrangement whereby the outcome of one party depends on the action of another, it is only natural that tension may arise; sometimes even dangerously so. The threat of conflict in itself can be a real turnoff, even for the most enthusiastic […]