How to Collaborate One Hour at a Time

Keeping focus on collaborating all day everyday is a tall order if we look at the challenge head-on. Instead, what if we looked at it differently – collaborating to the best of our ability one hour at a time? In addition, we tie a cause to it. For example, we offer-up the next hour of […]

Collaboration Only Looks Through the Windshield

When you collaborate are you looking forward or backward? I facilitated a Board meeting recently and an analogy used for how the Board operated was that of the direction you gazed when in a car. “Instead of this Board looking in the rear view mirror when meeting, it should be looking out through the windshield.” […]

How to Do Your Own Work With Your Talents to Collaborate More

Here I am on a rainy Sunday morning at 9 am writing a blog post and feeling guilty. Not because I’m squeezing in a task before church, but because I didn’t arise at 6 am to write more blogs like I had planned. Many people would laugh at reading this. Now, I’m able to laugh […]

(Grandson of) List of Collaboration Business Applications

Here’s number 3 of 3 lists. Enjoy! Use the strengths-based collaboration tools and language from Gallup, Core Clarity and Cima to activate the ‘crucial conversations’ that need to happen in a functional organization Create team ground rules and rules of engagement ¬†Use collaboration games (talent pictionary, silent squares, etc…) to build trust

(Son of) List of Collaboration Business Applications

Here are collaboration business applications 6-10, 11-17 to come… maximize the value each team member delivers by enabling them to broaden their role horizontally based on talents in addition to the traditional, vertical, job-title promotion route refresh the traditional way new projects are pursued and delivered change the culture from a ‘command and control’ style […]

List of Collaboration Business Applications

Lists seem to be popular, so here it goes: running meetings resume refresh/job description language/hiring process team creation re-position a team member that’s not in the best role performance reviews

Powerful Question for Your Collaboration Journey

I had coffee with a colleague and a powerful question emerged – ‘what would life be like if all your teams collaborated effectively?’ Meaning, what if your kids behaved more? What if your work teams were more functional (than dysfunctional)? What if your volunteer time was more successfully used? Answering this question helps propel you […]

Language is a Powerful First Step in Collaborating More

Do you doubt the power of language? Consider this: in our culture war today there are three examples I can think of where language is used to change minds. I don’t agree with this language and I intentionally use it to make a point even though the examples are shocking. abortion = choice same-sex marriage […]

Does Collaboration Dwell Here?

What if a stranger walked in to your organization and asked ‘does collaboration dwell here?’ How would you answer? I’m sure you do the best you can. You talk about it with your people and you hold the line the best you can. If a camera followed you around your organization would there be compelling […]

What ‘Brain-Interconnectedness’ Has to do with Collaboration

In my research on ‘how to collaborate more’ I’ve spent time thinking about how neuroscience, specifically social neuroscience impacts collaboration. Social neuroscience is the study of what happens in the brain when people interact (connect). What social neuroscience refers to as mirror neurons, spindle cells and oscillators and what they do when people interact (connect) […]

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