March 28, 2017

Ask anyone. Are you collaborative? Chances are they'll answer, yes! But collaboration is (at least) a tango. That is to say, it takes two: you and the other(s). And since we are good at collaborating, when things go wrong, the problem must belong to... you guessed...

June 1, 2016

For some people, the term collaborative leadership is an oxymoron. From their perspective, either you are leading or your collaborating, but never both. This series of articles is designed to bring those terms into alignment. It provides immediately useful definit...

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...

February 1, 2016

In previous posts, we explored some of the most common reasons companies fail to promote (and sometimes unwittingly sabotage) effective collaboration among workers.  In this post, we continue to explore what it takes to lead collaboratively.

The Goal

At its core, co...

January 15, 2016

In this post, we’ll explore six common strategies that companies consciously pursue in an effort to boost collaboration – strategies that generally fall short of expectations.

For those of you already on your third cup of coffee, let’s start with the punchline: Quick fi...

January 1, 2016

Collaboration and collaborative leadership are hot topics these days. Most leaders and managers have gotten the memo: Learn to inspire your people to collaborate effectively or watch your company slip into obscurity.Traditional command and control approaches to leaders...

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...

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