Collaborate to be Great, Work With Me Here! PART I

26 06 2013

Collaboration concept in word tag cloud

Take a look in any business plan.  Dust off every strategic initiative and flip though the pages.  Ask any retired business owner of a successful organization about the secret of his/her success.  You will probably not see the word or hear it spoken.  However, without it, every plan will fail, every strategy will come up short and every business will stumble to succeed.

COLLABORATION

For the past several months, I have been wrestling with the concepts surrounding collaboration and how it fits into Eye-Cubed U.  While it has been the mantra of 2013 among the leaders I work with, it has not come without some frustration.  I have been struggling with the practical application of “collaboration” and how it balances with strong leadership and innovative influence.  And now, after an interview with one of our strategic partners (NWN Corp) about the very sopic of collaboration, I am prepared to write the Eye-Cubed philosophy surrounding this key concept.

Complete this six week  Eye-Cubed U course (one post each of the next 6 weeks) on Collaboration 2013 as we explore how it impacts itself within our companies.  Gain insight in:

Collaboration with Inspirations

  • How do you work with others to ignite the inspirational spark inside the Eye-Cubed U leader?

Collaboration with Innovations

  • How can the innovator bring key leaders into the process of innovation to facilitate corporate evolution?

Collaboration with Implementations

  • Find ways to experience the joint effort of leaders crossing department lines as initiatives and strategies are executed brilliantly.

Collaboration within Operations

  • How do we work together to bring efficiencies and improvements to our existing processes?

Collaboration with IT

  • As the common denominator of all innovations, initiatives, strategies and projects, develop and maintain a strategy that connects the IT language and thought process to the entire organization’s directions and goals.

Collaboration within your Family Business

  • Learn how business ownership requires collaboration to evolve, grow and more importantly (to me as a second-generation owner) to insure continuity and succession.

With each area of interest, we will uncover the key requirements that must be in place to have effective collaboration.  Along with the roadmap towards achieving our collaborative goals, we will identify the greatest obstacles we face along the way.

We will find that collaboration is not a light switch that can be turned on and off.  It is a mindset that takes practice to develop and discipline to maintain.  The concept has been presented, stated and overstated to the point where our leaders have become immune to its complexity and need for urgency of execution.

“IF YOU BUILD ALONE, YOU MAY END UP WITH A HOME.  IF YOU BUILD WITH A FEW, YOU CAN CONSTRUCT A NEIGHBORHOOD.  WHEN YOU BUILD WITH AN ORGANIZATION YOU CREATE AN EMPIRE”  David Sussman

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