Cornerstones of Collaboration

Sometimes when working with others on challenging issues where different views abound, things can get a little difficult. I’ve definitely…


Collaborators beware! There's a black hole out there

When I was young two sci-fi movies came out at around the same time. There was The Black Hole, apparently Disney’s first film with a PG…


Why is my collaboration toolkit empty?

I spoke recently with an experienced CEO of a member-based organisation. An important part of her job is to support her members to work…


Are there Five Steps to Collaboration?

If you have read our book or worked with us over the past 10 years you will know that we talk about our five-step pathway for…


The Heart of Collaboration

There is a lot of energy expended bringing people together to find solutions to complex problems, but getting diverse stakeholders in the…


Your Lonely Plant Guide to Collaboration

There we were, three young backpackers fresh off the train in Florence, Italy, with an intention to stay for a bit and see all this…


Beware the Dark Side

In his recent blog post John wrote about a decision tree developed by Adam Kahane to help with that perennial question – “when should I…


Three ways to take your contractual partnership from good to great

A client in the water infrastructure business recently approached me to talk about how the team can learn to work together with their…


The Joy of Silos

A quick search on the Net for ‘organisational silos’ generates an endless list of headlines such as: Breaking down silos for customer…


The terrifying journey to co-design

When I was in high school I remember travelling to a school sports carnival in the city, an hour away to the north. The sports teacher…