There seems to be a broad understanding among business leaders and managers across industries and sectors that collaboration, innovation, and better engagement with a variety of partners is a new reality which will help many move forward. It is becoming increasingly apparent that solutions are less likely to […]


A recent report on the state of collaboration for the purpose of innovation indicated that Australia is ranked 23 out of 26 OECD countries. This ranking is even poorer with regard to international collaboration (despite evidence showing that ‘distance’ is not really a factor). So, a long journey […]


Hopefully this edition of ROADMENDER Recommends will satisfy those in need of some inspiration, incentive and perhaps even motivation to tackle Monday head on. While Google’s innovative culture and creativity has been covered a lot, there always seems to be something new, as the last article here indicates. […]

The Collaboration Instinct: Part 2/3

The early, and somewhat negative, connotations of the term collaboration were formed during the Napoleonic era and then thoroughly reinforced during World War Two. The connotative reading of the term added a measure of reservation and thereby prevented an all-out enthusiastic embrace of the practice for some time. […]


This edition of ROADMENDER Recommends is full of great finds. As usual there are great infographics for those who believe in the power of visuals. The standouts, however, are two articles on the history of collaboration in social and technological contexts. A growing number of those who see […]

The Collaboration Instinct: Part 1/3

Over the past 15-20 years collaboration has steadily gained increased recognition in different parts of the world as a genuinely enabling strategy. Different rationales have emerged suggesting a range of approaches; from the idea that collaboration is ‘new competition’ to the inescapable view that there is such a […]


The History of Collaboration Collaboration has been around for some time but an investigation into its origins suggests that it has changed a lot over the past few decades. Like so many who have made it an effective strategy, I believe we are only seeing early signs of […]

Calling all entrepreneurs!

Let’s be honest. How often do we hear business leaders suggest that a not for profit enterprise is a good place to invest? While it might seem logical to believe that investing in a venture that does not provide direct profit cannot be good for business, I wouldn’t […]


In homage to the late Seamus Heaney, this eclectic selection of articles by ROADMENDER may be best summed up by the great man himself, who proclaimed: ’Write whatever you like!’. Apart from a mandatory reflection on collaboration and innovation, here are some useful bits of information that could […]

Who’s afraid of collaboration?

In the wise words of Arthur Schopenhauer; ‘talent hits the target nobody else can hit, genius hits the target nobody can see’. The reality though, is that most people don’t go around contemplating how to be geniuses; mostly they try to do the best with the talent they […]


This edition of selected articles charts a variety of angles on topics of entrepreneurialism and innovation.  Equally valuable could be a couple of pieces that might inspire a hidden innovator, creative thinker, entrepreneur or a bleeding heart to start the next week differently. Accept the Burden of Uncertainty […]


A number of ROADMENDER blogs focused on the relationship (explicit or implicit) between innovation and collaboration. How well we recognise this relationship depends a lot on the kind of work we do on a daily basis. Sometimes we may not pay close enough attention to, and thereby potentially […]

Incubators – not just for chickens anymore (Guest Blog)

This week’s guest blog emerged after a conversation I had with a colleague, Josh Keegan, who identified a challenge and proposed an elegant solution that, with some support from corporate and government sectors, could see a major impact on making Brisbane a better place for young people desiring to start local initiatives.   In Brisbane, as I […]


This week Roadmender recommends a selection of articles covering areas of innovation, collaboration, leadership and entrepreneurship. While some links may not necessarily be apparent, the idea is to assemble diverse views and uncover possibilities. One of the most frequent questions I am asked is why I believe that […]

Turning Ideas Into Reality

J.K. Galbraith stated that “we are ruled by ideas and by very little else”. Ideas are always in demand. It is one thing that people are drawn to, and there is never a shortage of ideas. However, the situation is not as simple when we try to make […]


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Rose K, Gantner Ed.D

Jelenko Dragisic succinctly demonstrates how collaboration enhances a team’s performance, motivation, trust, recognition, leadership, and produces tangible and intangible results that beat the competition consistently. The Collaboration Instinct hits the grand slam.

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