The Proactive Space: The Key to Culture Change

Looking back through my blogs it was about 5 years ago that I started to write about Collaborative Working, Accountability and The Proactive Space.  So, what has happened in the preceding 5 years to create a significant difference? Predictably the challenge of creating collaborative cultures has become something many organisations believe can be achieved via digital transformation. I’m not about… Read More

To be Accountable…Or is that someone else’s job?

A common theme that emerges through our work with clients is a pattern of behaviour within teams where the behaviours associated with Red Energy tend to be given away or discounted.  By this we mean, challenging other team members around performance issues or unproductive behaviours.  Holding your colleagues accountable for their performance is an essential part of being a high… Read More

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

Collaboration

Collaboration is working with each other to do a task and to achieve shared goals. It is a recursive process where two or more people or organisations work together to realize shared goals, (this is more than the intersection of common goals seen in co-operative ventures, but a deep, collective determination to reach an identical objective) — for example, an endeavour that is creative in nature —by sharing… Read More

Engage, Listen, Develop, Collaborate.

Collaborative Working
Seek First Ltd exists to develop the behaviours and language that underpin collaborative business relationships. Why is this important? When organisations collaborate effectively significant value can be created for their clients.  Increasingly, organisations are being asked to demonstrate how effectively they collaborate with their partner organisations to deliver value for their clients.  With the introduction of BS11000 organisations can now be… 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