collaboration

Communication, Conversation, Collaboration – Where are you?

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The C- Shift. The three levels of Context-Climate-Connection. The power of Conversation. Words starting with the letter C feature prominently in many of the models and writing I have been doing the last few months. [For some fun facts about the letter C in English, check out this out] Playing with around with C-words as […]

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Six rules for effective connections at work

How effective a connector are you at work? With work becoming increasingly interdependent and collaborative, we all need to build effective networks of connections and relationship. Check out this neat slideshow to give you a few pointers. Based on a chapter in Collaboration: How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Create Unity, and Reap Big Results by […]

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Behaviours that discourage conversation

One of the key themes that emerge without fail when I work with leadership groups on the quality of their conversations is quite simple:“If we have more conversations, we will work better together.” In feedback to leaders, this is also one of the persistent themes: “Talk more with us. Have more conversations with us.” With […]

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Just an ingredient

Ingredients Sichuan Cucumber by FotoosVanRobin, on Flickr

As I’m busy preparing for a workshop on how to effectively facilitate collective learning in workshops, I came across a quote that nicely captures one of the key themes of collective and collaborative learning: “If you see yourself as an ingredient, it means you always have to be on the look out for other ingredients […]

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Collaboration and performance appraisal

Why collaboration requires new performance appraisal conversations Over the past few weeks I’ve had several conversations with clients as they prepare for the annual round of performance appraisal conversations. Regardless of what side of the process they’re on – doing an appraisal or being appraised – they all face one big challenge: How to ensure […]

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Sandwiches, silos and sharing: Why conversation matters

As I work with leaders and leadership teams, at some point in our work we almost inevitably arrive at the clear insight that more, and more effective conversations in the organization, will lead to greater effectiveness and higher performance. In the absence of effective conversations, crucial information does not get flowed through to where it […]

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