Collaboration Admirer or Model?

I believe most folks could check the collaboration ‘admirer‘ box. An admirer is someone who publicly supports collaboration and will even share that it is high on their organization’s list. How is being a collaboration ‘model‘ different? It’s rewarding collaboration and training to collaborate effectively. I read an article on collaboration in organizations recently that […]

Collaboration From An Owners Perspective – The Alta Vista Project – View #2

View #2 – Less is More Most of us have done construction on our house or know someone who has. It’s not unusual when the market is hot – like it is today, for a subcontractor to leave a project unfinished, never to return even though they hadn’t collected the last payment… If the project […]

Skillfully Using Your Talents To Collaborate Effectively – Exercise #5 of 25+

How to Talk Collaboratively With Anyone I have used this little gem of a collaborative conversation tool daily for 25 years. Conversation focused on the other person is the grist for collaborating effectively. It helps you keep the conversation meaningful (focused on the other person). You ask the other person about their family or their […]

Collaboration From An Owners Perspective – The Alta Vista Project – View #1

View #1 – We Don’t Need Perfection, Only Success AND Satisfaction. The residential construction market in Dallas is strong today. Most capable contractors have as much work as they can possibly handle. Also, I’m not a serial builder like a hospital or a commercial building developer. I’m renovating and adding-on to a home. Everyone knows […]

Skillfully Using Your Talents To Collaborate Effectively – Exercise #4 of 25+

How to Answer The Call to Collaborate – Creating Ground Rules There are 5 bases to cover to collaborate effectively. You have to start by doing your own work by creating ground rules. Down the road we’ll chat about creating rules of engagement. Please read this article and use this example of ground rules to […]

Collaboration – Operational & Relational Metrics Lines Blur

My question is – what if in the pre-construction phase of a project only, we measured a few of the basic operational metrics such as clarity of project objectives and schedule AND added a few relational metrics such as ‘unsolicited offers to help’ and regular use of collaborative tools such as the relationship placemat? What […]

Skillfully Using Your Talents To Collaborate Effectively – Exercise #3 of 25+

What You Do Outside of Formal Collaboration Training Is Key This thought is similar to practicing piano. My kids have one, 30 minute lesson each week. If they don’t practice in-between lessons, progress is slow and engagement eventually suffers because of a lack of sufficient progress. Hence, there is a danger of a downward spiral […]