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Four elements of a collaborative mindset

Last week I wrote about how collaboration is about you, or better said, how collaboration starts with you. There is a little nuance to that, as collaboration can not happen with only you and yourself. You need (a couple of)...

Collaboration is all about you!

Collaboration, whether inside an organization in teams or between organizations in alliances, is established to achieve a result we cannot achieve alone. We can do it more effectively together. In other words, collaboration is about synergy, it is about 1...

Do you really need to perform partner analysis?

Alliances & Partnerships seem such an easy way to grow an organization. However, like with building a house, alliances and partnerships require a solid foundation to be able to deliver upon their promising success. Unfortunately, that is an often overlooked...

The story behind the Camino photo

Walking … it always sounded like a boring activity to me. For 25 years or so I used to be a runner; at least that was an activity that I could easily do 3 to 5 days a week at...

How to fix a broken collaboration

That moment when we stand for the altar and say “yes” to each other, everything is all rosy. We’re all raised with the fairy tales that end with “... and they lived happily ever after”. We don’t immediately think about...

Constructive feedback, does it exist?

Feedback is an interesting term. When you Google it, one of the first hits is from Wikipedia, which says: “Feedback occurs when outputs of a system are routed back as inputs as part of a chain of cause-and-effect that forms...

The fixed mindset and why collaboration is not about a deal

A business collaboration like alliances, partnerships, joint ventures and even teamwork, is an effort where two or more parties work together to achieve a goal. Preferably, that is a goal which one of the parties can not achieve alone. The...

Why can’t David partner with Goliath?

You have probably heard of the story of David and Goliath: the small boy David who defeats the giant Goliath. He does so not with brute force, but with a quick hit from his sling. The characters of David and...

What unexpected lessons the Camino has for you

“You can leave the Camino, but the Camino will never leave you.” (more…)

Pro-actively involving your c-suite

The c-level executives in your organization have an essential role in the success of business collaborations with other organizations. Ideally, you will have one of your c-level executives as a committed executive sponsor for your partnership. The executive sponsor will...

How to make 2017 your best collaborative year yet

A new year, new opportunities. Many counters have been reset and you are on a journey to create another successful year with your collaborations. Like I mentioned last week, the best way to achieve the success you aspire for 2017...

The roadmap to your 2017 success

2017, a New Year. The first days of a year are often the days that many people have all kind of New Year's resolutions and maybe even big plans for the year ahead. Making plans and setting goals is one...