Collaboration Practice is for Fools

The same people who think this way, are the people who also probably think religion is for fools.My position is we can’t do everything ourselves. It’s a classic story line in successful books and movies. The main character rises to the top, treats others around them poorly along the way, they fail, they learn they […]

Team Collaboration Meter Exercise and Visual

Your Collaboration Climb I spoke with the president of a firm that was part of a team being recognized for exemplary collaboration on a project. I was calling him to know who from his firm would be representing them when the project was recognized at the award event. His reply with a sarcastic laugh; ‘there is […]

Top 3 Questions to Ask During a Strategy Implementation

Top 3 Questions to Ask During a Strategy ImplementationRecently, I led a strategy retreat for a client. I was forewarned that at past retreats there had been a lack of energy. Participants would become bogged-down and the focus of the retreat would stray to tangent topics of discussion. Before you knew it, the weekend was […]

The Value of “Un-Related” Past Experiences

I was listening to a priest speak at our church and he mentioned that whatever happens to a person, they still have value. Whether it’s an unborn child, a criminal that has committed a grave offense or an elderly person no longer able to care for themselves. Like a $50 bill, no matter what you […]

Your Collaboration Climb

A Tool for Your Collaboration Climb “There is no way we’re going to be on the same stage as those folks. That project experience was far from collaborative.” Recently, a design & construction team was recognized for exemplary collaboration on a project. The team members, representing multiple firms, were contacted to participate in the award […]

Collaboration Happens Regardless of Risk of Loss of Reputation or Money

Collaboration is being child-like in your interaction with others. She doesn’t let her pride influence her decisions and she’d give you all the money she has in her pocket if you asked.

5 types of Collaboration

The Journey to the Base of the Mountain Before Your Collaboration Climb I spoke with the president of a firm that was part of a team being recognized for exemplary collaboration on a project. I was calling him to know who from his firm would be representing them when the project was recognized at the […]

You Can’t Have Collaboration Without Sacrifice

One of the ways we twist the meaning of collaboration is how we define sacrifice. If you’re on a project team and a specified material you are responsible for installing on the project is going to cost more than originally estimated, you ask the team to let you ‘slide’ and use an inferior material. This […]

If Business is 90% Sociology…

Why do we spend 90% of our time, talent and resources on technology and work process improvement? Imagine you’re the parent of a kindergartener and you’re looking at a rowdy muddle of children laughing and playing together. . . How did your 5 year-old learn to collaborate in the middle of all of that?  It’s […]

The Pride System Helps You Collaborate Deeper

This tool is called a Pride System. It helps your team members minimize negative pride on one end of the spectrum and maximize communication and self-esteem on the other.I’ve found the study of pride very helpful in learning to collaborate deeper to increase team strength & speed.Why? Pride isn’t a very safe subject to discuss […]

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