Collaboration


EGO and Pride Squash Productivity

19

Jan 2018

EGO and Pride Squash Productivity

When we can’t tell the client we don’t quite get what they want, so we plough on half cocked – they might think we are dumb? When we can’t ask the team for help as they’ll think we are a weak link. When we can’t mention someones great work, in...

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Our Doubts Are Traitors.

15

Mar 2017

Our Doubts Are Traitors.

It is not only the hostility of others that may prevent us from questioning the status quo. Our doubt can be fuelled by an internal sense that group opinions must have a sound basis, even when we are not sure what this basis may be, often because they have been...

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Gossip Matters. Have You Heard The One About Social Survival?

10

Oct 2016

Gossip Matters. Have You Heard The One About Social Survival?

What consistently happens in the tea room, at breaks in conferences and in the car on the way home from work? Gossip. Humans gossip. We seemingly take compelling pleasure in talking ill of others and spreading the word about those who are deemed scoundrels, untrustworthy, wasters or downright dangerous. From...

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Sometimes Losing Is Really Winning.

18

May 2015

Sometimes Losing Is Really Winning.

I had a row with my wife last night. Of course, we were both right – except I was more right than Talane… This morning, having collected my thoughts in the cold light of the gym, I realised winning this argument and ‘being right’ was really a losing strategy. I,...

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The ‘Personality Clash’ = Collaborative Excuses that Suck #35

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Apr 2015

The ‘Personality Clash’ = Collaborative Excuses that Suck #35

‘It’s a personality Clash boss’… …the justification for the p*ss poor relationship between two well-paid construction professionals that accommodates mediocrity cooperation and the slide into  silo working. Your ROLE is to be an engineer, designer, surveyor, project manager – your JOB for which, you are also paid and that which...

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I’m Down, Don’t Kick Me – Help Me Up.

17

Mar 2015

I’m Down, Don’t Kick Me – Help Me Up.

The last thing I want to hear when I’m down is that I’m down. The first person to know that they are struggling is the person struggling. The Project Team or the delivery partner organisation likewise know when the heat is on – they don’t need a kick, they need...

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A top ten manifesto for construction man –survival of the fittest applies.

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Oct 2014

A top ten manifesto for construction man –survival of the fittest applies.

“As many more individuals of each species are born than can possibly survive; and as, consequently, there is a frequently recurring struggle for existence, it follows that any being, if it vary however slightly in any manner profitable to itself, under the complex and sometimes varying conditions of life, will...

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Selling Soft Skills for Tough (ish) Nuts….

02

Jul 2014

Selling Soft Skills for Tough (ish) Nuts….

Picture the scene. The room full of constructions male finest. The speaker extolling the virtues of soft skills capability for the new generation, for collaborating, for bringing woman into the industry for adding value and cutting costs. I despair when soft skills are mentioned. It’s like Pavlov’s dogs. Stimulus –...

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Jun 2014

Social Capitol Creation – The Goal?

Social capital is defined as the inclinations that arise from networks that want to do things for each other (norms of reciprocity). Shooting the breeze about Social Capital is not the most common conversation you hear in the contractors corridors, the design studio or the partners meeting – but the...

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16

May 2014

The Male Heroic Leader – The Enemy (of Collaboration) Within.

There is a place for heroic male leadership, just it’s not in a collaborative project or cooperative work climate. I have become convinced that feminine weighted values (such as dialogue, empathy, cooperation, sensitivity) – whether expressed by women or men – are too often unseen, trivialized or ignored and this...

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