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Suppose you are a small to mid sized business owner and see the signs that may point to the fact that the economy is slowly picking up again. You are looking for ways to grow your business and realize that...

Tribal Leadership – the cultural development of tribes

The past days I listened to the free audio version of Tribal Leadership. A fantastic book about organizational culture and the stages companies can be in. Listening to the book I recognized many ways how departments within companies I know...

Tribal Leadership

A couple of weeks ago I downloaded the audio version of the Tribal Leadership book, the audio version was sponsored by Zappos.com who also made it available as a free download on their website. This morning during an extensive Sunday...

Social media and partnering

Phoenix Consulting Group conducted a study to gather insights how social media were enabling partner managers to build stronger, more collaborative relationships. In the executive summary the observation is made that most of the companies interviewed were seeing productive benefits...

Alliances are for every kind of organization

About 3 weeks ago I started with AllianceNews and I have since then posted 130 entries on newly announced alliances. Browsing through these posts it shows clearly that alliances and strategic partnerships are for every kind of organization, from large...

Brand Control?

The illusion of Brand Control is the title Andrew McAfee gave his article in Harvard Business Review online. A strong title that covers a lot. Just recently I heard of an organization taking measures to cut down time employees would...

The leadership of Tuvia

Last Sunday evening we watched the movie Defiance. By itself a very impressive movie, especially when you realize that this movie is based on a true story. The story is about four Jewish brothers Tuvia, Zus, Asael and Aron Bielski....

Email is so last week

I just ran into this nice video about a worker trying to do his job in collaboration with co-workers with the usual struggles. At the end of the week he is being corrected by his daughter as he should be...

Alliances: How to ask questions about your partner

Earlier this year in February when INSEAD adjunct professor Mark Hunter was in Rotterdam Mark and I met and discussed the idea to organize a dedicated lecture for ASAP Netherlands. You probably will know ASAP, The Association of Strategic Alliance...

Another book to read and site to subscribe to

Yesterday I mentioned the work of Keith Ferrazzi and the books he wrote. Today there is another professional that is absolutely worth to give your attention too and that is Ford Harding. Ford wrote amongst others the bestseller "Rainmaking" in...

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A great example of collaboration

This weekend I ran into the video below and shared it with several people. Looking and listening to it a bit more I felt this even to become a better movie. It is not only a good song, produced for...