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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...

A fabulous time of the year!

Time flies! Sometimes it feels like only yesterday, that we had to get used to writing 2016 instead of 2015 and now 2017 is already around the corner. The year behind us might perhaps be best described as "unexpected", as...

The mirror of your collaborative success

How often do you look into the mirror? Every person looks at least multiple times a day in the mirror. We check our hair, our clothing, our make-up, our beard, our shaving and a lot more. The mirror has an...

How to progress on the journey of your success

Now and then I need to bring my trusted Volvo to a mechanic for its regular maintenance. Over time I have tried a couple of mechanics: some worked well and with some it just did not click. Even though I...

Who is the Uber of your industry?

During a lunch conversation with an alliance executive of a large corporation, we brainstormed in the broadest sense about strategic options and the question “what should your company do yourself, with what things should your company team up with others?”...