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New insights and improved alliance skills

In many professions it is mandatory to stay current on your skills. In the Airline industry for instance, cockpit and cabin crew need to follow an annual training in order to stay current. It is a healthy habit that we...

Alliance Masterclasses coming to London and Amsterdam

In the last few weeks, a number of prominent consulting companies published their views on the developments in the business world. IBM talks about Power in partnership, 72% of the UK CEO’s interviewed by KPMG are focussed on strategic alliances...

Alliances are not about sales!

When reading “alliances are not about sales!”, you might think I’ve lost it. After all, you are in alliances and you are being measured by the amount of sales your partner does with your company. Or you might be on...

How to know when to quit your alliance efforts

Everything comes to an end, even the longest lasting alliance. Perhaps the biggest challenge is to know when to quit an alliance. In some cases it is obvious: the contract reaches its end, the alliance has served its purpose and...

Improve your communications and stay away from abbreviations!

Have you ever been in that situation where someone was using an abbreviation and you thought you knew what it meant? Then in the conversation you felt a bit awkward as it seemed that they were talking about something else......

Can we do business with the speed of Trust?

Monday morning, 6am in the Netherlands: the moment this newsletter was delivered to your inbox. In about three hours I will be landing in Singapore. After touch down, I will be all geared up to deliver an Alliance Masterclass to...

Why you need to understand your partner

In a strategic alliance or partnership there are at least two different organizations working together. When you have worked for more than one organization in your career, you will have experienced that each organization has its own rhythm. Good Morning!...

Congratulations, you’ve become an alliance manager!

You just had a conversation with your boss and HR and they have assigned you with the task of alliance management. You always knew it was something special to be in alliances and so you proudly accepted. Now, on the...

The Clear Benefits Of Establishing An Alliance Culture

In the white paper “Alliance Culture: It’s in the DNA!” Ard-Pieter de Man and Dave Luvison describe the soft aspects of alliance management. These aspect are about alliance mindset and alliance culture, rather than about capabilities in an organization or...

How to deal best with cross organizational teams

In my last column I wrote about team development and team coaching. Most often when we talk about teams we think about teams that are close to us. Like the teams in the same reporting line or teams we share...

What is the ROI of team improvement?

Working in teams is being considered a normal thing to many people. However, it also means that we often do not give enough attention to teamwork. We take it for granted. There are some questions about our teams that are...

Why and how to engage your stakeholders

You have identified your stakeholders, you know the connections between them and you have an idea about their level of support. Now it is time to engage them actively. There are several ways in which you can engage your stakeholders....