True Collaboration is not a Balance of Opposing Interests

It is not a lovely facade which conceals conflicts and divisions. Collaboration is a daily commitment, starting from the heart. Adapted excerpt from the Christmas day address of Pope Francis

It Takes Two to Collaborate

It takes operational AND relational collaboration to achieve the result of collaboration in our mind’s eye. Relational collaboration has a language all it’s own. The language revolves around how you make those feel that have to work with you. The language comes from using strength finders to align a team and then collaboration tools such […]

Idea on How to Leverage Strengths

There is no perfect combination of strengths for success.  Work with the strengths God gave you and you can succeed. My strengths are learner, achiever, self assurance, significance and focus. If you think about it, these strengths are good for an executive coach which is something I do well and focus on doing.  If you […]

Sustaining a Collaborative Culture

One of the things you can do is identify individuals after the formal introduction of collaboration into your organization that are especially interested and form what I call a ‘first follower’ group. I have a client who has a first follower group program that runs for six months at a time. There are 6-12 participants. […]

Physical or Operational Collaboration is not Complete w/o Spiritual Collaboration

Everything has a physical and a spiritual presence. Have you ever heard the phrase ‘their hearts just weren’t in it’? You have to have the complete package.

What Do You Notice About People That Are Really Happy?

You notice the HEART of people that are really happy. We talk about winning hearts and then heads when we talk about collaboration. What do these statements have in common? Using your heart to collaborate produces the happiness or satisfaction we all want from our work.

Is The Call to Be Collaborative Irrevocable?

Here’s a few responses of several I could give: – People instinctively want to help, so yes it is irrevocable.– Ask one of your kids, nephews, nieces or neighbor kids if doing what’s in the best interest of the people or the project they’re working on is an option.

Leadership is Choosing a Direction

A direction could be collaboration. A leader may decide the organization needs a culture of collaboration, instead of say, a culture of command and control…. It’s up to the management team to decide what to do to take the organization in that direction and it’s up to the middle management to decide how to do […]

Asking for Help is a Sign of Strength

I’m at a camp as a chaperon at a class retreat for my 8th grader. They’re doing a lot of experiential learning around asking for help and helping. It reminds you that people are not naturally wired to ask for help nor does our culture necessarily support the notion as something positive, but it is. […]

List of Mishaps to Survive Climbing Everest and Collaboration Climbing

Everest – Avalanches– Falling Rocks– Whiteout– Severe Exhaustion/Dehydration– Lost Tents Collaboration– Pacing Change Correctly– Our own propensity to sabotage change, our direct reports’ resistance to change and senior management’s disruption of change– Reference points outside our organization and industry for continual improvement– Resolve– Commitment to collaboration systematized on paper; to work with it, improve it, […]