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The Blueprint Of We: 5 Ways To Master Collaboration

The Blueprint Of We: 5 Ways To Master Collaboration | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Maureen McCarthy should have been dead 15 years ago. Doctors gave her just a few months to live after diagnosing McCarthy, an international leadership consultant and executive coach, with a rare fatal lung disease.

McCarthy’s still very much alive, even though her pulmonologist tells her frequently that she only has the next six months to live. She, like the rest of us, really doesn’t know how long she’s got. Her hearty laugh (even on just 10% lung capacity) underscores her assertion that she’s stress-free and healthy for now. For much of this, she credits creating and using a collaboration document called the “Blueprint of We.”

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Carl Heine's curator insight, June 19, 2013 11:23 AM

Here are the five ways: 

 

The Blueprint of We from the Center for Collaborative Awareness


1. The Story of Us
Share what draws you to these people and this situation.

2. Interaction Styles and Warning Signs
How I work best, what I look like on a good day/bad day, and what I might need when I’m stressed that I couldn’t ask for in the moment.

3. Expectations
Core values and non-negotiables, the structure you need to create and sustain this relationship.

4. Questions to Return to Peace
A tool to return to peace if the need arises, makes the difficult times shorter and easier.

5. Short and Long-Term Agreements
How long you’re willing to go before you make peace. An agreement of no outright harm, a willingness to keep an open window if the unimaginable happens.

 

Good stuff that often goes unsaid. Read the article for more information.

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50+ Tools for Web Based Collaboration

50+ Tools for Web Based Collaboration | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

The following is a highlight of a competitive analysis the author did earlier this year when he was involved in designing software that would allow remote research teams to work together. While software is still a long way from replacing all in-person collaboration it’s becoming easier for remote or mobile workers to stay productive and communicative with their team. Certainly the tools we have available today are a vast improvement over what he used when Ihefirst tried telecommuting 12 years ago!

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David Hain's curator insight, April 1, 2013 4:05 AM

Some new ones to me here.

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Collaborate Instantly with Unison

Collaborate Instantly with Unison | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
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Unison is social software that changes the way you work remotely. It gives you group spaces to post updates or documents, then discuss them with your team in real-time, just like you would in an office. But unlike all of the "Facebook for business" clones, Unison lets you talk live and see who is doing what in real time, so you can collaborate and work smarter.

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Foster A Collaborative Sales Team: 5 Ways

Foster A Collaborative Sales Team: 5 Ways | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

In the old days, seeing a sales team work was like watching sharks smell blood in the water and furiously bite everything around them. Darwinian sales managers throw chum in the water in the way of contests, spiffs, shouting matches, and "top dog" awards. For companies that have short-term goals, huge prospect lists, and turn-and-burn attitudes, the feeding frenzy can work.


But for companies with longer sales cycles, more complex and expensive products, and more of the total deal value captured in post-sale annuity-type revenue streams, sales teams should be collaborative.


Collaboration is simply more effective. No one salesperson can marshal the information, contacts, and insights that a coordinated team can. And you don't really need your salespeople working against each other by jumping territories or stealing leads. One of the most effective ways to disrupt a set of existing industry players is to sell to your audience differently.


Here are five ways to make your sales team more collaborative.

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Collaborator Quiz: What Kind of Teammate Are You?

Collaborator Quiz: What Kind of Teammate Are You? | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it


We suspect you’re familiar with the concept of “leading with your strengths.” Marcus Buckingham, a strategist who champions the idea, identified nine “strength” roles — adviser, connector, creator, equalizer, influencer, pioneer, provider, stimulator, and teacher — that any of us may play.


His theory is quite basic: If you can identify which role best fits your personality, you can become a better leader. For example, if your strength is educating others, make teaching the focus of your interactions and discretionary time. Don’t drain yourself trying to be a pioneer if that’s not who you are.

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Which of the nine types of teammates are you? Take the collaborator quiz to develop both stronger teams and leadership skills.

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As One - Better Collaboration Where it Counts the Most

As One - Better Collaboration Where it Counts the Most | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
As any frustrated executive can vouch, the best plans count for naught if they are not implemented. Yet what exists, other than gut instinct, to inform leaders’ decisions around organizational engagement?
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Snow Dowd's curator insight, February 19, 2013 5:17 PM

Research on strategies for success in group process.

 

Three key criteria for success:

1. Belong: People collaborate on behalf of organizations they feel connected to.

2. Believe: People collaborate when they commit to carrying out specific actions.

3. Behave: People collaborate when they share a common understanding of how things are done.

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Can New Collaborative Tools & Strategies Revolutionize the Way We Work? - Webinar

Can New Collaborative Tools & Strategies Revolutionize the Way We Work? - Webinar | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Many popular features and concepts from the consumer web (from platforms such as Facebook and Twitter) are making their way into the enterprise. But what do organizations need to know about making these initiatives successful, and how can they adapt? Smarter businesses are at a turning point in recognizing that these new tools can bring positive disruption to how our employees, work, communicate, engage, and collaborate.


Emergent collaboration is opening previously nonexistent channels of communication and breaking down barriers within corporate organizations as large businesses discover its advantages. But even the best intentions - to improve collaboration and execution in the workplace - must deal with human and social realities. Dramatic corporate culture change often doesn’t occur quickly or seamlessly in companies with legacy structure and roles. How can this process be improved?


Join us to get an inside peek at the changes happening within large companies due to the global adoption of new and collaborative platforms. We'll ask our panel of business leaders:

What is the business value and what business problems are being solved?How can organizations get started with all of this?What are the most difficult challenges to horizontal and vertical collaboration?How does collaboration lead to better execution?

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