May 15, 2016

When there's work to be done, it's tempting to jump in with both feet and get started right away. But when that work involves collaborating with others, here are few things to consider before taking the leap:

1. Know Yourself: If you prefer working alone, maybe that’s w...

April 15, 2016

Let’s talk about alignment. Specifically, let’s talk about the challenges inherent in building alignment among diverse stakeholders and stakeholder groups. I’ll begin with some general observations about trust, communication and alignment, and then offer five helpful g...

March 15, 2016

In my most recent post, I introduced the Collaborative Operating System’s (COS) definition of collaboration in some detail. If you haven’t seen the article, check it out. Several readers expressed appreciation for its power and simplicity.

Here’s that definition again,...

March 1, 2016

In the first post of this series, I listed the top five reasons companies fail at collaboration. Number one on the list is that coworkers rarely develop and agree upon a sufficiently explicit definition of collaboration. For anyone interested in leading collaboratively...

December 1, 2015

Leadership involves taking risks. It means developing and showing passion for a vision, and learning how to influence others to gain their support. But sometimes most difficult of all, it means communicating directly when others are not meeting our needs.

This third ski...

November 1, 2015

Okay, I’m sorry about the title, but... there’s something terribly wrong with any communication that begins with, “I’m sorry, but…”.

We’ve all said it before, and for some of us, so often that we don’t even hear ourselves anymore. Yet this seemingly innocuous phrase onl...

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