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Is Collaboration the Same Thing as Cooperation?

Most people agree that collaboration across functions and divisions is critical for major projects and initiatives designed to reduce costs or generate new revenues but collaboration remains elusive for many companies as they continue to struggle to bring together the necessary skills and resources of different departments, each focused on their own specific objectives.

The upshot of a lack of collaboration is that new opportunities to create economic value are thwarted or completely missed; complex, customised products are hard to create on time and on budget; new sales and distribution channels are difficult to negotiate, and interactions with customers […]

Set high expectations and raise employee performance

Are you feeling disappointed and frustrated that your employees are producing less than stellar results or do you worry that your expectations are too high? I believe every business leader should set high expectations of themselves and their people them and I’ve seen the best leaders employ a simple three step process to raise employee performance. This process was succinctly described by Joel Garfinkle in his 2013 article which I have reproduced below:

1. Set high expectations
2. Communicate specifics
3. Apply accountability.

Let’s take a closer look at each step:

Set high expectations: As a leader and manager, you are responsible for creating the environment […]

Ten ways to shorten your meetings and make them more productive

Great meetings create efficiency. This Blog is based on an original article written by Dan Rockwell and it seems to me to contain a lot of common sense!

1. Ban electronic devices. Everyone will be anxious to end the meeting if they can’t read or send texts or emails.
2. Send background materials at least a week before the meeting – this will allow participants time to read the relevant documents. Meet with a key player who can gather and summarize materials for the team. Review and approve all background information before it’s sent to participants.
3. State the purpose of the meeting when you […]

10 Ways to Shorten Lengthy Meetings

Great meetings create efficiency. Here are some thoughts from Leadership expert, Dan Rockwell

1. Ban electronic devices. Everyone will be anxious to end the meeting if they can’t read or send texts or emails.
2. Send background materials the day before. Meet with a key player who can gather and summarize materials for the team. Review and approve all background information before it’s sent.
3. State the purpose of the meeting when you send out the agenda. State the purpose again at the beginning of the meeting. A meeting without a purpose is a complete waste of time.
4. Establish action items on the agenda, not discussion […]

Successfully Manage Your Remote Teams

In today’s business world, teams are often likely to have members that are remote from one another. Teams can consist of a variety of members, some of whom might participate on an ad-hoc or part-time basis, and it’s possible that they may never see each other in person. From a manager’s perspective, this sounds very difficult. However there are ways to successfully manage remote individuals and teams. Here are a few things to consider (more…)