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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 […]

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Anyone who rows a boat generally doesn’t have time to rock it. So they say. While the original meaning of the saying does not necessarily reflect on contemporary situations where the market is disrupted on an ongoing basis, thus posing a challenge to the way we work, I […]

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There’s a serious battle going on. Not something you’re likely to hear about on the evening news but for the business strategy observers not that hard to spot either. It’s the battle between old and new ways of thinking whereby collaboration and competition actually are now more dependent […]

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Those who have experienced the true benefits of collaboration know one simple secret; collaboration is not a precise science. There’s an element of art in it. Which is why I think many fail to reconcile the practice with others functions of their enterprise such as marketing or BD. […]

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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 […]