Category Archives: Collaboration

Super Star or Super Team

I love Margaret Heffernan’s TED talk about superchickens! It reinforces the Belbin research from many years ago showing that a super team of people who are working for the good of the team result will outperform a team of super stars who are working for their own good.

As someone who – I confess – has wanted to be the superchicken in the team on occasions (my idea is the best idea), this is a timely reminder that we look great when we help each other do great work together.  Celebrating together is much more satisfying than celebrating alone!

Conversation – for converging not converting

What if we had conversations with the purpose of converging our ideas, rather than trying to convert others?  Then instead of two ideas we could have an new and interesting third idea.

With just one change of letter we can have a whole new experience of conversations in business and at home.

Thanks to Desmond Sherlock for a great idea and a great interplay of words. I look forward to learning more in Rethink Perfect.

Sharing Sydney – join the move to collaborative consumption

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Good to see the City of Sydney council is supporting the collaborative consumption movement – which is all about sharing stuff instead of owing or hoarding it.

Having the council involved addresses two of the barriers to collaborative consumption programs.  One barrier is  – trust – can I trust that others won’t damage or steal my stuff; and critical mass – are there enough people near me who want to share with me to make it worth my while participating.

The City of Sydney activities and events are open to all residents and workers, so come along to an event soon, make connections and improve your work and life.

The ultimate negotiation strategy

Many years ago I read about tit for tat as the ultimate negotiation strategy.  This updated version  is an enhancement that really covers all bases – tit for tat with gratuitous friendliness.

The traditional tit for tat strategy says to start cooperatively then match the other party’s response (but don’t escalate).  However it may still escalate if you are not careful, so when things seem to be getting out of control, the enhancement of “gratuitous friendliness” means you can call a halt to the escalation.

Examples include “let’s take a step back”, “I think we are furiously agreeing here”, “let’s check in what we both agree on”, “we seem to have gotten off to a rocky start, let’s start over”, “I’m sorry if I have misunderstood”.  All these friendly / accommodating phrases, now make even more sense as ways to break a spiral of aggression.

Collaborative consumption – making sharing cool

I love Rachel Botsman’s TED talk on Collaborative Consumption and her mission to support us to move from owning more stuff to getting the benefit of the experience.

Check out Swap.com if you have something you don’t need and want to swap it for something you do need.  I’ll swap any book I own for a copy of Botsman’s new book on Collaborative Consumption using bookmooch.com

Or for those products with “high idling capacity” like our kayak which sits in the back yard 50 weekends out of 52, I can now offer it for someone else to use on Rentoid.com and still reserve the pleasure of kayaking two weekends a year.

As is often said, we don’t have a scarcity of stuff, we have a distribution issue.  With collaborative consumption the leading edge entrepreneurs are creating new business models to allow low cost redistribution of unwanted stuff – about time I say.