Reach your business and community goals by working better… together.
The beauty and challenge of collaboration
Collaboration is about people working together. Great things can happen when everybody is working from the same game plan. The real success stories of our time are about good collaboration: businesses, sports teams, political campaigns, causes…
Both you and I know that collaboration can be a challenge. You may have been put in a situation and asked to work with others who are very different from you. Or, maybe you have a great idea, and you know to move it forward you need to work closely with “that person”. Or, maybe you are an executive tasked with changing the work culture in your organization. None of this is easy. Yet it all involves working constructively with other people.
Work together… the collaborative way
Working well together starts with you. Its in your power to establish constructive relationships with others. Here’s some ideas I have about how to do just that:
- The Magic Relationship Ratio
- Be it resolved: We value our relationship over the agreement
- Move closer: Reduce those relationship highs and lows
- Break bread together: A rule of thumb for good collaboration
- The Way of “Yes, and…” is a way to discover your collaborative potential
With practice, collaboration becomes a habit. It then makes it easier for you, as a collaborative leader, to extend those collaborative ways into your workplace, your community spaces, your place of workship, your family… anywhere that matters to you.
Look around my site, here, you’ll find hundreds of ideas, practices, book and video reviews, and stories about how others are finding success through collaboration. Some of these come from my own experiences, and others from amazing individuals, local and afar, that I respect and admire for their collaborative moxy. Inspiration can come from many places:
- Meghalaya’s Living Bridges = multi-generation collaboration
- The good farmer: An expert in relationships and sustainability
- 39 Insights into the makeup of innovative teams: From the 2009 IdeaConnection Interviews
- 27 Ways Filipinos create successful collaborative e-governance projects
- Conversations with my dog and other non-judgemental beings
To help you (and me!) in the collaborative journey I wrote an e-book, Collaborative Maxims: Principles for Working Together. I boil it down to 19 maxims, grouped within collaborative relationships and collaborative leadership.
To download a PDF copy of Collaborative Maxims, click here. It’s free.
I’ve also created a Kindle version of Collaborative Maxims. Get the Kindle edition, here on Amazon, for $1.99.
How I can help you achieve success through collaboration
As a collaboration consultant, I help individuals and organizations work together, problem-solve, and make things happen. Work with me to:
Build consensus and reach agreement. I facilitate difficult conversations. I help stakeholders identify, organize, and prioritize their needs. As a mediator and facilitator, I make it easy for you… to bridge stakeholder interests, find common ground, and create results oriented agreements. Results-oriented agreements are a roadmap for moving forward, together. Here are some of the organizations I’ve worked with.
“Ben was on the Board of Directors of the Values-Based Business Network for several years and his mediator’s approach was an important contribution to the board. At one point, we had an “angry” contractor and Ben handled the situation smoothly and professionally, leaving all sides satisfied with the outcome.” Alan Dolan, Chair of Values-Based Business Network
“Ben was hired to provide business analysis, training and communications support for a strategic, client-based application for the Ministry of Children and Family Development. He became an integral part of the project team, with a focus always on the best means of serving the end users. Ben has an impressive ability to listen, consider alternative points of view and propose viable solutions. I enjoyed working with him.” Marnie Blenner-Hasset, British Columbia Government
Run a successful project. I assist project sponsors with project planning and monitoring. With a background in project management and information systems consulting, I know you appreciate the value of structure, as I do.
“I hired Ben as a project manager for a high risk, many-faceted project. His attention to detail, realistic approach and consultative manner gave this project the boost it needed. I would hire him again unreservedly.” Pam Wilkins, British Columbia Government
Go green. With today’s technology, there are many benefits, financially and ethically, for working virtually. It’s what I do. I help people get their problems resolved, from a distance. I facilitate teams of problem-solvers, geographically dispersed, to work on innovation challenges. I collaborate with business partners who live a long plane ride away. And, I do all that, giving thanks to Internet and Web.
Let’s stay in touch.
Or, do you have some questions you’d like answered right now? Contact me. And, let’s see if we can collaborate for success.