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What can you learn from the Toyota-Tesla alliance?

Last week I wrote about the risks of a rising interest in alliances and partnerships. Good preparation is half the work and it leads to increased chances of success, instead of risks.  In the Alliance Masterclass we use a number...

The risks of a rising interest in Alliances and Partnerships

Recently I have been seeing a rising use of the terms “alliances” and “partnerships”. To some extent, one could say that the terms are being devalued as they are used very loosely. It seems that everything is a partnership nowadays...

It’s all about the team and the strategy

Recently I started to watch the Netflix series “La Casa de Papel”. This Spanish series is about a team of crooks that rob the Royal Mint of Spain. A mastermind who goes by the name of “El Profesor” has it...

Trust, Alliances and Culture

Trust is an essential element for building and maintaining successful alliances. With a higher level of trust between the partners every alliance will have a bigger chance of succeeding.  As mentioned before, I have recently read Erin Meyer’s book “The...

Why procrastination is good for you

In June I attended the GTD Summit in Amsterdam, a conference centered around David Allen and his “Getting Things Done” (GTD) methodology. The summit organizers brought together an excellent set of presenters. They ranged from a gynaecologist, to several entrepreneurs,...

Read between the lines

At the moment I am reading “The Culture Map”* by INSEAD Professor Erin Meyer. In the book she describes how people across different cultures think and act differently. I always emphasize that you need to check whether your communications have...

The midterm reflection moment

Greetings from the Camino de Santiago! Just last week on Tuesday it was the middle of the year. We had an equal amount of days behind us in 2019 as we still have ahead of us. For many of us...

The dangers of the unspoken words

There are two organizations who already have been in many forms of collaborations and partnerships together. The organizations know each other well, and some of the people even have been direct colleagues in the past. They have many close ties...

New Alliance Masterclasses in a city near you!

The Alliance Masterclass is a world class opportunity for you to become a better alliance professional and new classes are now available. Over the past years, this class has been facilitated to over 700 alliance people around the world. The...

Achieving Personal Mastery

The last set of leadership competencies in Marshall Goldsmith’s global study is about Continuous Change. This set comprises of the following three competencies: Achieving Personal MasteryAnticipating OpportunitiesLeading Change Most of the time I reflect the leadership competencies towards Alliance Leadership,...

Assuring (Alliance) Success

The fourth group of leadership competencies, as defined in the global study by Marshall Goldsmith, is about assuring success. Again, like with the previous competencies, there is a close alignment between alliance management and leadership. The three competencies in the...

Boundaryless inclusion in alliance management

In previous articles we’ve seen how communication and collaboration are among the 15 leadership competencies as defined in the global study by Marshall Goldsmith. The third group of leadership competencies is all about boundaryless inclusion. When you look at these...