Great article on Collaborative Organizations

We know that none of us is as smart as all of us, right? I love to come across work by others that speak to the core of what this project is all about…collaboration and teamwork. Earlier today, I came across the following article: 12 Habits of Highly Collaborative Organizations (the article and model below are the from Chess Media Group)

What I love about this article, and why I am recommending it, is that Jacob Morgan gets it! Collaboration is all about flexibility, impact, and value. Collaboration can’t be forced, but it can be encouraged. Too often, when we promote collaboration, we don’t think about the individual differences in personality that influence the way people see collaboration. Instead, we are thinking from a purely skill/knowledge set approach. If you want to breed greater collaboration, give people space, let it be on their terms, and be sure to provide them with value.

Read the article and also, check out Jacob’s book – The Collaborative Organization!


Why I Still Don’t Like Lebron, the Cavs, or the Heat (but I respect James more)

As a sport fan, I was growing tired of the #Indecision2014 tag that had been making the rounds throughout last week. My biggest hope for all of this hoopla is that it would not turn our as a repeat of the horrendous made-for-tv ploy of “The Decision.” That being said, while the whispers had been pointing towards it for a time, I was still moderately surprised by LeBron James decision to go back to his “hometown” Cleveland Cavaliers.

Let me take a moment to state this succinctly – I hail from SE Michigan and love all things about Detroit/UM sports, as an effect, I can’t stand the following: Ohio State, any Cleveland team, Michael Jordan, UNC, and LeBron. I grew up in an era where Detroit and UM sports were like the towns of the Detroit area – TOUGH!

Now, I have to admit having LeBron back in Cleveland just means I have less disdain that I have to spread around to NBA franchises, I mean I used to like the Heat back in their early days, but that was surely lost during the LeBron era.

A funny thing happened to all of my annoyance with LeBron the other day – The Letter was released. Gosh the lack of humility found in the “…not 5, not 6, but 7 championships” statement was notably absent and a much more mature LeBron was found.

I’m not promising a championship. I know how hard that is to deliver. We’re not ready right now. No way. Of course, I want to win next year, but I’m realistic. It will be a long process, much longer than it was in 2010. My patience will get tested. I know that. I’m going into a situation with a young team and a new coach. I will be the old head. But I get a thrill out of bringing a group together and helping them reach a place they didn’t know they could go.

Sure, I can nitpick about how some of this was just overblown that the money helped bring him back to Cleveland, that the NBA rigged three lotteries in 4 years to make up for the Decision (and to set up the Return), but I will not let that be the focus. The truth is, while I could (mostly) care less about this choice, I very much respect the character and leadership that his letter shows. Young people make mistakes, being uber-wealthy and having whatever you want only exacerbates that, but growing up…that is what counts. 

Congrats LeBron. You have my respect…until the Pistons play you (kidding, sort of)!

¡Viva la (Co-Working) Revolución!

I will admit it, I have caught the bug. I didn’t get sick, or become an Apple fanatic, or start playing Candy Crush, or any of the other fads that are making the rounds today. I have become a believer in Co-working spaces.

Oh, you don’t know anything about co-working spaces? Check this video out – we will wait for you.

Yep. So that is co-working. Seems like a great fit for a website that is devoted to teamwork, right? As the video points out, these spaces are growing. Why? They are growing because as humans we were meant to be in community. With an estimated 30% of the population moving into some form of independent work (freelance, full-time, side-hustle, affiliate, etc.) situation, the co-working spaces are meeting the needs that we have for interaction, collaboration, and connection.

Beyond the value of community aspect of the co-working space, they have a lot of other advantages. If the competing framework is working from home (which can sometimes lead to isolation), or getting an expensive office space, co-working provides a better alternative for individuals looking for a place that is conducive to work, engage clients, and grow their businesses. The growth of co-working spaces will likely continue over the foreseeable future as continued recognition of the benefits of diversified and remote working flourishes.

We would love to hear from you! Are you a co-worker? Interested in this model? Want to be an investor?

New Article on Humble Teams!

I am pleased to announce that my new article has been come out as part of the work of a wonderful group at People Development Magazine. This issue is part of a 6-month initiative to speak to the top 6 issues facing organizations today (as determined by the Centre for Creative Leadership). The July issue is all about leading a team!

You can check the article out here.