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When should we collaborate?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 3, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

Is it collaboration when you’re sent the yearly performance review spreadsheet and instructed to assess your staff’s performance? Absolutely not; it’s an act of co-ordination. Everyone is working separately to achieve the overall goal of conducting the performance reviews. Only a modicum of trust is required (trust in the system) to get the job done. […]

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Getting collaboration-ready from day one

Posted by  chandni —December 2, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

Organizational silos can often become one of the biggest barriers to collaboration. You may have all the right intentions, collaboration could even be a strategic goal but something still prevents it from happening. Embedding the idea of collaboration as early as possible can make it really easy to build a collaborative culture. SEI seems to […]

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Collaboration requires fairness

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 28, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

Humans have a strong sense of fairness. If two people are given a sum of money and one is asked to divide it and offer the other portion to their partner, if it’s not a 50/50 split the partner is most likely to refuse offer, even if this means that both parties loose everything. And […]

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Scientific discovery and the value of collaboration

Posted by  chandni —November 25, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

Scientists in Iowa recently reported a breakthrough discovery. They successfully identified the gene (PRICKLE1) which when mutated causes epilepsy. There’s two things amazing about this discovery PRICKLE1 is unique in that it has never been associated with any other disease. The project involved two dozen institutions across 6 countries and collaboration played an important role. […]

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What is the leader’s role?

Posted by  chandni —November 24, 2008
Filed in Leadership Posts

I was reading a presentation on collaborative behaviours in nursing and came across this great quote. “The most critical aspect of leadership is the desire and passion to lead, the capacity to deeply reflect on and learn from leadership activities, a willingness to step out of one’s comfort zone, and the ability to build and […]

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Knowledge management for the experienced practitioner

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 21, 2008
Filed in Events

Next year I will be giving a couple of presentations at the Ark Group’s conference, KM for the Experienced Practitioner. It will be in my home town of Melbourne and I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone. On the first day of the conference, at 2pm, I’ll describe one of our business narrative projects […]

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In-house workshops instead of a public program

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 20, 2008
Filed in Events

For four years Anecdote has delivered a range of innovative public workshops on topics including storytelling for business leaders, building a collaborative workplace and business narrative techniques. For a range of reasons, we’ve decided to stop running public workshops and instead we will focus on delivering these workshops in-house. We believe this move will result […]

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Past experience holding back collaborations

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 20, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

Last Friday I ran a workshop for a client on collaboration. I emphasised collaborative practices and behaviours and at one point I introduced the idea of gaining agreement from their team to “call me on it.” As I was describing this idea I noticed a woman sitting up the back shaking her head, her face […]

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What is effectiveness?

Posted by  Mark Schenk —November 18, 2008
Filed in Communication

I just opened the book “Semper and Score: Enhancing Organisational Effectiveness” by Tom Graves and was taken by the elegantly simple answer to this question on page 2. Effectiveness consists of, or arises from, four distinct dimensions, plus another sort-of dimension that ties the others together: efficient – makes the best use of available resources […]

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A little productivity tip for Firefox users—smart keywords

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 14, 2008
Filed in News

Just noticed this feature in Firefox this morning which is a real time saver. I’m often looking around for books and I have a couple of favourite websites (Amazon, Readings). In Firefox you can assign a search box on say your Amazon website to a keyword. Then whenever you want to make a search you […]

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