Collaboration: What You Do, Not What You Say

There’s a great deal of talk about collaboration: software to facilitate it, leaders who enable it, innovation as a result of it. But collaboration is an output from a system, not an instruction to it. We can talk all we like about collaboration, but it’s actions that count: collaboration is a two way process, and we may as well start with ‘me‘.

Social Leadership 100 - Collaboration

If organisations wish to benefit from collaborative communities, they will need to consider how they fulfil their end of the deal: creating conditions of dynamic opportunity, social recognition, and democratised reward. If we create the right conditions, collaboration may emerge. If we recognise the mutually beneficial nature of it, we may as well start by seeing what we can give, not what we can take.

About julianstodd

Author, Artist, Researcher, and Founder of Sea Salt Learning. My work explores the context of the Social Age and the intersection of formal and social systems.
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2 Responses to Collaboration: What You Do, Not What You Say

  1. simonhallam says:

    Hi Julian, I have to say that I didn’t “get” the picture at first glance. I could see the letters making up the legs and created a sentence “What you do … aboration … not what you say” and thought that somehow you had misspelled “aberration”.
    And then I read the blog title.
    COL! … sorry, LOL!

    • julianstodd says:

      Thanks for the note Simon: yes, it turns out that i’m not very good at drawing ‘people’! Especially not when they are made of letters… i convinced myself that it kind of worked… but hadn’t wanted him to be an aberration! Back to the drawing board perhaps… or i might let him stride off and see how he fares in the world… thanks for your interest in the work, best wishes, Julian

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