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Jelenko Dragisic

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2014 will be remembered, among other things, for a marked increase in collaboration appeal to the business and government sectors. The not-for-profit sector, while very much aware of the need to shift gears, is slightly lagging. Irrespective of all of this, it is now very clear that 2015 […]

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Millennials are said to be the change makers of the modern workforce. They are also demanding more collaboration. Shared workspaces are now the norm. Cultural nuances are vital when it comes to working together. And let’s not forget leadership. In the words of Dr Janice Presser, one of […]

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Imagining the future is a notoriously difficult task. In fact, leading scientists say we can’t imagine the future; we can only project some juxtaposed images and sensations from the past. Regardless, our nature is to try. And so it is when we think about the way we will […]

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There’s no doubt that business savvy managers are increasingly turning to collaboration as an untapped resource. Some start focusing on cost reduction; others go straight to growth. As is the case with most disciplines, so is collaboration coming into the fore in its own right. The mounting evidence […]

Soft nepotism is not collaboration

The simplest image that comes to mind when we mention collaboration is ‘working together’. Yet, despite the logic of the literal translation of the word, the real meaning is somewhat richer. I think the focus should be on the desired end result: making our enterprises more relevant; more […]

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Eclectica! That’s how I would sum up this week’s curated list of reading. It also sounds like a good brand name: eclectica…Over the past week I’ve had several interesting conversations, both here in my home city, Brisbane (currently hosting the G20), and in Sydney, Australia’s best known city. […]

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 It is really satisfying to hear that employees are increasingly reporting how management is turning to collaboration as a critical strategy in addressing productivity, innovation, job satisfaction, growth and the bottom line, amongst a host of other things. As many of you would know, technological factors are vital […]

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How happy are you at work? Here’s something you might not know, and as an emerging body of evidence shows; if you collaborate, you’re more likely to fall into the category of happy workers. As a practitioner of collaborative strategy building, I have noted this intuitively. Many of […]

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Did you know that there is a law that prohibits collaboration? Specifically, in the USA there is a law governing state elections that prohibits collaboration between candidates and independent groups. Also, a recent Deloitte report indicates that collaboration already adds $A46 billion to the Australian economy. People now […]

Everything is awesome. Kind of.

Over the past two weeks, since LEGO announced its intention to not renew its current partnership contract/arrangement with Shell, there has been a lot of discussion about the outcome. The long standing collaboration ended as a result of a very clever social media campaign by Greenpeace which claims […]

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Collaboration as a strategy delivers different results in different settings. In some industries and disciplines it is almost indispensable, while in others it can still be a tough nut to crack. One of the emerging areas, which in my view will become one of the most dominant in […]

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  No doubt the biggest collaboration news this week was the ending of one of the longest corporate collaborations between LEGO and Shell. I for one am not too surprised given the range of factors involved. It seems the sentiment of the collaboration has not kept up with […]

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In our workplaces there are times when we wish to be heard; times when our concerns should matter and we just hope that the boss will take on board seriously. It turns out that one of the concerns that many share is related to collaboration; or to be […]

Convincing collaboration

In his opening chapter of An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals, David Hume points out that one cannot win an argument against someone who defends an opinion in which they do not believe. In other words, if a person engages in a discussion for any reason other […]

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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 […]

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So many things come into play when we collaborate, or plan to. Collaborative value of any kind is dependent upon factors that are very obvious, such as clear capacity and trust. But there are other factors that we may pay less attention to and yet their accumulative power […]