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 […]

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 […]

Who’s Collaborative? The One Who’s Given Everything They Can…

Here is a story I heard recently that helps make a point about how to manage expectations around collaboration when you have a team with varying levels of skill, ability and commitment… It was Christmas time and a little girl shared with her older brother that she had $9.11 and she was going to buy […]

Has Your Idea of Collaboration Grown-up Yet?

I had lunch with some old high school classmates a few weeks ago and at times, during the lunch, we talked the way we used to talk to each other almost 30 years ago. – Imitating the voices of some of our old teachers as we spoke to each other as well as using nicknames […]

You Don’t Have a Relationship – That’s the Reason You’re Stuck!

While working with a client recently, who’s dream business deal was stuck in the mud, I gave them this feedback on her frustration with her inability to attract even 1 of the 10 people she knew, who could fund her deal – that she feels she has a relationship with…   My feedback – you […]

More Proof – ‘There’s Nothing New Under the Sun’

There’s nothing new under the sun, the solutions to age-old problems are still available for all of us… Here’s my two cents: We’re a competitive culture and sometime after kindergarten, we lose our ability to use our heart to collaborate because of our culture. How do we regain it? Are we too old to remember […]

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?      

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 […]