Empathetically Challenged? Use This…

Empathy: understanding another person’s perspective, is not one of my talents. I have to work at being empathetic – it takes effort. What helps me understand another person’s perspective, especially when I know it’s much different from mine is comparing the perspectives of the antelope and the lion. Here’s how the story goes – the […]

Extreme Case Study – Implications of Collaboration

Think about the tangible and intangible costs of this project story posted on the Collaboration Academy Linked-In group – https://www.linkedin.com/grp/post/4006366-6059058882502737924?trk=groups-post-b-title . How long is the list of primary, secondary and tertiary implications – in other words, the ripple effect of this project on the construction industry?      

Template for Collaborating ‘In the Moment’ and Exercise #10 of 25+

In the heat of the moment, how do you stay collaborative? Especially when your money or pride is at stake? The ‘how’ is to stay cool, but ‘how’ do you do that specifically? 1. Empty yourself of pride. 2. Smile, at least with your eyes… You have a better shot at staying collaborative if you […]

Temporal or Legacy? Which Do You Prefer?

Money, Power and Reputation are temporal or temporary in their value. I saw an ‘estate sale’ sign in front of a mansion today. There were cars lining the street and many bargain hunters and curiosity seekers coming and going to and from this very large house. The person that owned the house had died and […]

An Important Step Before Collaboration Has a Chance….

If you followed the news this past week, then you heard Pope Francis visited the United States and President Obama waited for him on the runway. The President of the United States doesn’t wait on the runway for anyone’s plane to arrive. Period. It’s not protocol. The Obvious On the surface, it doesn’t appear President […]

an example of winning hearts as well as minds so teams can be more productive with their hands

This is just a small, ‘turn of the dial’ – asking folks ‘why’ and it works. Do you do something that wins hearts effectively? https://www.linkedin.com/grp/post/4006366-6046283192544018435?trk=groups-post-b-title

Customer Activated Communication Which Leads to Collaboration

Here’s the link to a posting I made on the Collaboration Academy Linked-In group page – an article that opens up a new way to increase client engagement –¬†https://www.linkedin.com/grp/post/4006366-6037647446014779394?trk=groups-post-b-title

What’s Your Motivation? The Benefits of Collaboration or Seeking the Skill to Collaborate?

I’ll admit it. For a long time I was motivated by the benefits of collaboration. I wanted success like everyone else. I was looking-out for myself. You could argue that seeking the skill to collaborate is the same thing as seeking the benefits. After all, the better you are at collaborating, the more you will […]

Collaboration Is ‘Perfect Effort’, Not Perfection

My oldest child is entering her sophomore year in high school and she’s on the golf team. I realize that I don’t have too many opportunities left to spend large chunks of time with her before she ventures-out to create a life of her own. I’ve decided to take some golf lessons to create opportunities […]

I Like Who I am When I’m Collaborating…

I heard a story this weekend about a group of high school students that went to the Texas/Mexico border for a mission trip. The high school students worked hard in the hot weather repairing roofs, digging wells and teaching. More than one of them was overheard saying ‘I like who I am on mission’. What […]

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