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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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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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Getting started with Collaboration tools

Posted by  chandni —November 11, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

One of the things people find most valuable about our Building a Collaborative Workplace workshop is that it gives them a good solid understanding of what makes collaboration possible and some practical ideas on getting started. Most people are web 2.0 savvy. They use or know someone who uses a set of tools to share […]

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When collaboration becomes the way we work

Posted by  chandni —November 10, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

Google is considered synonymous with innovation. How do they create the conditions for people to do great work? It can’t simply be a result of this. I saw Eric Schmidt (CEO of Google) talk on the Nature of Innovation. Excellent 3 min video. It’s interesting that at Google, people do not sit in business units […]

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Collaboration framework

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 2, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

Organisations need simple ways to create a common understanding about what needs to be done. Our collaboration framework aims to provide two perspectives: the dashed oval represents the collaboration environment—the container that enables (or disables) collaboration within and between organisations; and a simple process reminding us that in business we must collaborate with a purpose, […]

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One simple behaviour to improve collaboration

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 23, 2008
Filed in Collaboration, Culture

From talking with people who are trying to improve their collaboration capability, I’m detecting a scepticism with the practice of getting your team or community together to decide, up front, how they will behave and treat each other. The feeling seems to be, “we can spend time talking about our agreed behaviours but then something […]

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Ensure your collaborator has a strategy

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 14, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

Collaboration is often hard and it takes time—time to build the relationships, time to clear up misunderstandings, time to listen and time to get things done. We do it because collaboration enables us to do bigger and better things. So in selecting a partner to collaborate with (this could be an individual or an organisation) […]

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Common Ground and the Role of Stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 3, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

Last week Mark and I agreed to each develop a plan detailing how we were going to meet our targets. I opened up Excel and created a spreadsheet showing the number of days I was working with each of my clients. Mark opened Word and eloquently wrote how he was going to achieve his objectives. […]

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