Be Hot or Cold, but not Lukewarm

Here’s a timely quote to think about and figure out how to take action on it based on what it’s telling you… “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving.” – W.T. Parkhiser Happy Thanksgiving to your family! We’re happy to invite you to […]

Vertical vs. Horizontal View and What that Means for You

I was watching a colleague’s Ted video and he talked about having a horizontal or in my mind an appreciative view of the world versus a vertical or hierarchical view. A vertical view ranks people – in terms of their schooling, height, looks, money, friends, etc… You view people in a vertical way every day. Your neighbors, the person next to you […]

Measure Yourself – If You Are Collaborative, You Understand Mercy and Compassion and Exercise It

I heard a story recently that helped me understand mercy and compassion. There once was an emperor that was having a man executed for treason. The mother of the man pleaded with the emperor for mercy for her son. The emperor said that the man did not deserve mercy. The mother replied, well, if my […]

Collaboration Paradox, The Leading Indicator You Say You Want is Right in Front of You

A paradox is an action you take contrary to commonly accepted opinion. A collaboration paradox is a leader that wants to know what life would be like if his/her teams collaborated effectively and invests in it, but doesn’t want to measure it. The problem is the leader, understandably, already has enough challenges they know about […]

Simple is Beautiful: Winning Hearts Through Collaboration

You can re-purpose, re-package and re-position yourself by asking the simple question – who can I help? That’s what CareMore, Lyft and MedTrans Network have done collaboratively. Read the article here – http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160906006087/en/CareMore-Health-System%E2%80%99s-Collaboration-Lyft-Improves-Access Keeping in mind that the definition of collaboration is ‘doing what’s in the best interest of the project or in this case, what’s […]

Collaboration – Keeping the Commitment

Who is not going to commit to collaborate if asked? Keeping the commitment is how we collaborate successfully. After Julius Caesar landed with his troops to conquer Britain, he took them to the cliffs of Dover. When they reached the cliffs, what they saw must have helped them understand Caesar’s commitment to conquer Britain. There, […]

If You’re Not Characterized as ‘Un-Collaborative’ it Doesn’t Mean You Are

At Home Johnny isn’t a bad kid… At least he doesn’t do drugs! What does this mean? This is classic justification for not being what all of us are called to be – our best. Our best is using our talents to play our role in the world as well as dutifully bearing the burdens […]

Collaboration in Action to Solve an Issue

Sometimes someone will share how to do something, but they don’t really share ‘how’. For example, in a recent, well-written article by Justin Reynolds he shares how collaboration engages remotely located employees and distributed workforces, but he doesn’t really share ‘how’ – how do you increase collaboration among these employees to then increase their engagement? […]

Extraordinary Collaboration = Big-Picture Thinking

Sometimes we need a ‘jolt’ to keep us moving on the collaboration expedition we’ve undertaken… Here’s an idea: Collaboration calls on us to do so, even in the face of those who are behaving exactly the opposite of collaborative. This is called ‘extraordinary collaboration’. How do you practice extraordinary collaboration? 1. It’s important to note […]

Collaborating Effectively: Decoding What ‘Poor in Spirit’ Means…

During the Christmas season, there’s time for reflection. Let’s reflect on being ‘poor in spirit’ and decode what it really means. The reason I suggest this reflection is because to collaborate effectively, we have to be ‘poor in spirit’. ‘Poor in spirit’ is code for humility, which is the ability to empty yourself of pride […]