Who is most important? Self or Others?

As mentioned in a previous post the art of collaboration is turning conflict into a positive force.  To some people the mere mention of the word CONFLICT is a negative that should be avoided at all costs.  To others CONFLICT is exciting and creates an adrenalin rush!  How then do we find a balance, a fulcrum point on this spectrum?… Read More

Sustaining the collaborative mindset

In a previous post I touched upon the behaviours associated with the different levels on the maturity continuum. At the level of Dependency you tend to see Collusive behaviours.  Rather than challenge ideas and processes a dependent individual seeks to avoid risk and conflict in order that their survival is assured. At the level of Independence the desire for status,… Read More

Collaborating through Interdependence…the Mindset (2)

In my previous post I described the choice that is made to be Interdependent and to collaborate.  This choice is the foundation stone of all effective relationships (interdependent collaborative relationships being the most effective form of relationship you can have). Having made the choice, sustaining the choice is the next step.  In my last blog I used the phrase ‘RESPONSE-ABLE’.… Read More

Collaborating through Interdependence…the Mindset (1)

So if the essential pre-requisite for collaboration is the mindset of INTERDEPENDENCE, how then do you achieve that mindset? As discussed in my previous blog being Interdependent is a choice that independent people can make.  The important aspect is the ‘choice’ itself. By choosing INTERDEPENDENCE and seeking to be COLLABORATIVE in your behaviour a number of fundamental attitudes and thinking… Read More

The Starting Point for Collaboration

Lets be clear here, if there is just one of you there is no collaboration. So on the basis that collaboration requires at least two parties there is an essential pre-requisite that has to be fully developed within the mindset of all potential collaborators! This is not the joint outcome, nor it is the Relationship Management Plan. It’s not even… Read More

Collaborating through Interdependence…the Mindset (2)

In my previous post I described the choice that is made to be Interdependent and to collaborate.  This choice is the foundation stone of all effective relationships (interdependent collaborative relationships being the most effective form of relationship you can have). Having made the choice, sustaining the choice is the next step.  In my last blog I used the phrase ‘RESPONSE-ABLE’.… Read More