The best laid plans of mice and Treasurers

Where did our national surplus go? Just months ago in Australia we were being assured that the nation was “back in black”. What’s more,…


Who do you trust?

Who do you need to trust when working with others on difficult problems? I have been reflecting on this question since a recent…


What guidance do collaborators need?

A question: What do the Bible, tidiness guru Marie Kondo, Life Coach Tony Robbins, Author Stephen Covey and my smart phone have in common?…


Sailing into Troubled Waters

I’m just back from a fascinating 10 days sailing Japan’s Setonaikai – the inland sea separating the four main islands. We did a lot of…


Six Roadblocks to Authentic Collaboration - Part 2

This is the second in a series of three blog posts looking more closely at the six roadblocks to collaboration. Click through for simple…


How Collaboration is Helping the World's Central Bankers Sleep Better

On a recent job in Indonesia I heard some surprising things about what keeps central bankers awake at night, and it goes something like…


Are you collaborating at every scale?

Everyone seems to be seeking to collaborate to tackle life’s difficult problems. Whether it is managing water, planning cities, creating…


Key Questions for Collaborators

Collaboration is the essential process when we are facing high uncertainty and the need to create something new together. That means we…


Are you planning to act or acting to learn?

Most of us would be familiar with the management aphorism: “If you fail to plan you are planning to fail”, and there is a lot of truth to…


The four traps on the path to a digital water future

In its recent Digital Water report, the International Water Association lays out a map for the transformation water utilities are…