Prepare the student for the path, not the path for the student…

What do Clients Want Most?

The answer is TRUST. Clients will give you a certain amount of trust at the beginning of a relationship because they have to in order to begin working. How do you build trust to give clients more of what they want? If you demonstrate your ability to collaborate (action verb), one output is increased trust […]

Establishing Rhythms are Key to Collaboration Growth & Measurement

People resonate with rhythms. Sorry, I couldn’t resist… What is a rhythm? In business, it’s a confident feeling created by a group of habits called a routine and the routine is repeated frequently enough to track on a work calendar. A business rhythm could be created by a Monday morning business development meeting. The routine […]

The 8th ‘Waste’ in LEAN is Wasted Talent

LEAN is the set of principles used to remove waste from work processes first created by Toyota in the manufacturing of automobiles. LEAN suggests there are ‘7 wastes’ and recently an 8th waste to remove from work processes. It is the ‘waste of talent’ or non-utilized talent, knowledge and skill. An example of wasted talent […]

Traits of a Transformational Leader

I was at the Lean Construction Conference last week in San Francisco and this topic came-up. When it comes to creating a culture of effective collaboration, use this definition of transformation and develop these traits… Transformational Leadership is leading an organization in a direction e.g. ‘we’re going this way!’. Traits: – resilience – prepared for […]

Collaboration Doesn’t Happen with a ‘Bang’

Creating new habits takes time, even when you know it is a good idea. A year ago we bought a new Honda minivan and it came with a ‘cool box’ to keep items refrigerated when traveling. A year later, we’ve just noticed that we finally have the hang of intentionally using it during our trip […]

World Cup Soccer Metaphor for World-Class Collaboration

There was an article at that ranked the quality of all 62 World Cup games played up to the finals –¬† . What defines a ‘one of the best soccer games I ever watched’ realization? Here is a defining criteria that is a metaphor for world-class collaboration (or lack thereof) in business: The greater […]

How is the Bible Relevant to Life in 2014?

Collaboration is a very popular concept right now. If you dig into it, collaboration is biblical principles applied to life in 2014. There is nothing new under the sun….

Is helping those that need your help instead of helping those that can help you eternal or temporal collaboration?

Most people will answer that helping those that need your help is eternal, but my question is why? My feeling is most people answer it is eternal because it is what they have been taught. Their parents formed it their minds… Most people don’t practice what they believe in their minds because their parents didn’t […]

Is Your Collaboration Burden Heavy or Light?

If you think of collaboration in an eternal sense, it is light (both literally and figuratively). If you think of it in a temporal sense, it can be extraordinarily heavy. What is eternal? The impact you make on others and in turn the project or organization that lives on through them after you are gone. […]

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