Cooperation and Outward Spiraling Success Loops

Mike Cardus

For that loop to exist the Cooperation Loop must also exist. The cooperation loop is a mindset of working to find cooperation …any size large and small and develop practice of building from that cooperation. Was struggling with sales representatives and project managers turning in expense and budget reports on-time…They told me “We have tried everything and our CFO is tired to putting out fires for us.”. Seems like we have some cooperation.

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It Is Helpful to Listen, Agree, Cooperate. Discover Different Viewpoints :: Resistance to Change

Mike Cardus

It is helpful to listen, agree and cooperate. Talk to discover slightly different viewpoints for cooperation. It is helpful to listen, agree and cooperate. talk to discover slightly different viewpoints for cooperation. We had a very open discussion about time, project pressures, unclear expectations from the start, and what the team and each person needed to move forward in this process. In ‘ Resistance to Change.

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5 Tips for Teaching Children Cooperation

Ron Edmondson

I wanted us to enjoy the day together as a family and I knew if I told them in advance what I planned for us to do and how we would do it, there would have been no cooperation on their part. Are there days we simply wish they would cooperate, because we know in advance that if they will, everything will be so much better? Do we want our children to cooperate with others, maybe even others with whom they do not agree on every issue? Model cooperation with others.

Favorites of 2013–Team Building and Leadership Images Used in Presentations & Workshops

Mike Cardus

With the end of the year approaching, this week is great to share some of my favorites of 2013. Favorite Images Used in Workshops and Presentations 2013. If you consistently overload your best people with “important projects” three things might happen. Cooperation and Outward Spiraling Success Loops. Here is the schedule it may change; 12/26/13 – Team Building & Leadership Articles. 12/27/13 – Images Used in Presentations & Workshops.

Advice: Manage Well by Leading Better

N2Growth Blog

Keep the projects on time and within budget by putting people into positions where they can succeed. Leadership is not a solitary endeavor; it only works with the cooperation of others. By John Baldoni , Chair, Leadership Development, N2growth. Management is your day job; leadership is your career. That is a variation on a comment I heard recently from an executive who was speaking about the responsibilities that senior managers have to lead their organizations through change.

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Inconsistent Bossing: A Surefire Way to Disengage

Great Leadership By Dan

Bosses can take a moment when they arrive to work (or whenever necessary) to self-evaluate their mindset, see where there thoughts lay to make sure they don’t project their own whimsical emotions on others. The same ripple effect can of course occur when projecting negativity. Positive emotions created more cooperation; negative emotions increased conflict and decreased cooperative decision-making.

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Carefrontation — The Ultimate Leadership Trait

Great Leadership By Dan

As a new project manager at Hewlett Packard I found that I interacted with a lot of brilliant people, many of who had been conditioned by higher learning institutions to compete rather than collaborate. It was clear that we would get a lot more done if we could move the culture toward a higher level of trust and cooperation and away from the zero sum game to which they were accustomed. Team members started cooperating and collaborating at a level that got them, and me, noticed.

Using Good Decision Making Procedures can have a Positive Effect on the Team

Mike Cardus

Team members will be more committed to the course of action, and more willing to do the project work. In what ways can I increase the cooperation & agreement ? Have you ever experienced a project manager, manager who was overly reliant on consensus? Corporate Team Building Management Manager Training Organization Development Products Team Building Team Training decision making decision making for teams project management

How to Turn Group Work into Teamwork

Great Results Team Building

If you are an educator, you have most likely attempted group work, or “cooperative learning,” at some point over the recent past. Well, here is a short description of the five-part recipe you may want to follow on your next attempt at teamwork: First, you will want to ensure that there is a clear goal and adequate gear (resources) for the activity or project they will be working on.

Guest Blogger Nathan Zeldes: Why and How to Communicate Across Company Lines


Better yet, in some cases this allowed me to strike alliances and mount joint projects with like-minded engineers and managers – to the benefit of all our organizations. If you’re truly fearless, negotiate collaborations with a number of other companies (and, possibly, academic research groups) where you will all cooperate to develop new insight. Have you tried to communicate with your peers in other organizations lately?

Instead of looking for the Problems. Start looking for the Exceptions

Mike Cardus

These fictions can be seen either as cooperation or resistance ; they are one or the other. Pattern of Cooperation. I suggest that instead of looking for the problems’ resistance you simply start looking for the exceptions’ cooperation. “ For example, suppose that your team keeps fighting amongst themselves and thus the project is late, over budget and poor quality. What patterns can you compare between the resistant and cooperative actions you see?

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8 Guidelines for Leadership Coaching and Team Building Activities

Mike Cardus

The effort is finding exceptions to the problem and determining how the team and person cooperate best. Then changing my interaction with them to cooperate in the best way to achieve shared goals. To-Do : In-Progress : Complete: Target Chart – Team Building and Project Management Activity. Pre-Animate: Project Planning Team Building Activity.

How to Avoid Starting a Turf War When Implementing Change

Change Starts Here

In other cases, someone else is already working on a similar project, and you’ve been tasked with absorbing it into your initiative. If you have an executive sponsor, you can ask them to lay the groundwork by making an introduction, demonstrating support, and setting the expectation of cooperation. As a change agent, your role can be seen as meddling in another person’s area. Sometimes, the change takes place in another department and you’re influencing from the outside.

Change in Companies and Teams is Not Only Possible, it is Inevitable

Mike Cardus

When consulting and working on long-term projects with teams, the initial meeting is used to determine: Where is the team right now? Between now and the next time we meet I would like each of you to observe, so that you can describe to me next time, what happens in your [pick one: team meetings, interactions with each other, interactions with the Project Manager, when working on a shared project goal] that you want to continue to have happen.”. Photo Credit.

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Ensure Smooth Transitions for Successful Change

Change Starts Here

Although construction was moving along smoothly, it became apparent to the project’s director, Brian Horgan, that moving people would not be as easy. In December 2010, the project team met for a one-day workshop to take stock of the potential “people issues” created by the move. First, through a series of exercises, the project team identified the key transitions for the project. The Move Captain role brought the project to the employees.

Fear of Loss of Group Membership is More Powerful Than Management

Mike Cardus

We changed the reporting structure to show the number of people who got their budget reports in on time and posted public reports ( by the hour at first then eventually monthly ) to show who is getting things in on time and how that is reflecting the allocation of $$ to their projects. Resistance to change is an opportunity to find cooperation and ways to leverage the group to find what works and do more of it. Photo Credit. Resistance to Change and Learning Anxiety.

Team Building and Leadership Development Simon Graduate School of Business

Mike Cardus

I am very proud to have facilitated for the 4th year in a row University of Rochester NY Simon Graduate School of Business Executive MBA Program.

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6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 5 of 7

Strategy Driven

Rather than attempting to replace people, our IT systems, processes, and products should be aimed at enabling the human cooperation, collaboration, and innovation that are essential to growing a business. Silent Killer #4: Worship of Information. In our rush to ‘modernize’ everything and make our enterprises more efficient, we have mistakenly come to believe that information is our most valuable commodity.

Expand Your Coaching

Marshall Goldsmith

The project began when I met with Bruce Jones, CEO of Clarkson, and Mary Washington, EVP of Human Resources. They shared information with each other to help improve cross-functional teamwork, synergy, and cooperation. My experience is clear: If leaders get feedback, follow-up, and involve their co-workers in the change process, they get better. by Marshall Goldsmith.

The Big Barrier to High-Value Health Care: Destructive Self-Interest

Harvard Business Review

In the mid-Atlantic region of the United States, an effort is under way to get insurers, providers, employers, and unions to cooperate in creating a system that can reduce total health care costs and premiums while achieving better outcomes. This article offers a framework that players in other regions can use to cooperate and fix their own health care systems. Define the Respective Roles of Competition and Cooperation.

How Long Will You Be Willing to Tweet for Free?

Harvard Business Review

While Benkler is clearly a big fan of Wikipedia, Project Gutenberg, and other such cooperative efforts, he never said the "peer production" he was talking about had to be nonprofit. As Benkler writes in his latest book, The Penguin and the Leviathan: How Cooperation Triumphs Over Self-Interest , the evidence that humans are motivated by things other than money keeps growing every day. Seven years ago, Nicholas Carr and Yochai Benkler made a bet.

Sustainable Business Initiatives Will Fail Unless Leaders Change Their Mindset

Harvard Business Review

The system changes required to make value chains sustainable require unprecedented levels of trust and cooperation among economic actors. To see why the integrated mindset works better, consider the particular case of a global corporation evaluating the sustainability of major projects in developing countries. The opposition by these local groups led to the abandonment of the project. And then there is the infamous Madagascar Daewoo project.

Crowdfunding’s Big-Bang Moment

Harvard Business Review

The company’s website reported that Kickstarter has now funded over 50,000 projects , with pledges coming from over 5,000,000 individual backers. Since its founding in 2009, Kickstarter has helped fledgling projects raise nearly $1 billion in donations. Organizers determine a minimal level of funding they need to bring the project to fruition, and establish premiums associated with different levels of contribution.

Empathetic Negotiation Saved My Company

Harvard Business Review

Instead, we pointed out that if the supplier could show flexibility on its price now, both companies could expand cooperation to other products and services, thus gaining a foothold in the larger European Market. In other words, they could think of this project as an investment in growth rather than as a short-term profitable deal. Some years ago, one of our family’s trading companies was staring at ruin.

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What Job Candidates Really Want: Meaningful Work

Harvard Business Review

A 2012 Pricewaterhouse Coopers survey found that 60% of CEOs did not believe they had the talent they needed to be successful, and one in four had to delay or forego market opportunities and strategic initiatives because they didn''t have the right talent. And iDE ''s Last Mile Loo project, an ambitious vision for beyond-grid sanitation systems, that hired a team of seasoned fundraisers to help them win $100K from the Lipman Family Prize at the Wharton School.

Rethinking Security for the Internet of Things

Harvard Business Review

As consumer demand for connected devices increases (and projections from Cisco and others suggest that there will be 50 billion connected devices by 2020), traditional manufacturers will, en masse, become manufacturers of connected devices. The Public/Private Cooperation We Need on Cyber Security. Cyber attacks, once primarily directed against networks to steal confidential information and wreak virtual havoc, have begun to expand and are now directly affecting the physical world.

How the Crowd Is Solving an 800-Year-Old Mystery

Harvard Business Review

In cooperation with the National Geographic Society, Dr. Lin set up the mapping Mongolia initiative. The project is still live and more than 28,000 individuals have contributed image analysis data. Indiana Jones, the great (fictional) archaeologist, used his own brains and creativity to tackle the toughest intellectual puzzles in his quest for the Holy Grail.

The End of Banks as We Know Them?

Harvard Business Review

Although he remained ultimately responsible for paying back the loan, the project was able to go ahead because he enjoyed the support of individuals within the community who wanted the shop. Last week my father received a phone call from the branch director of his long-standing bank to offer him a new product. My father, instead of listening with confidence to the advice of a trustworthy agent, was immediately suspicious.

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The End of Banks as We Know Them?

Harvard Business Review

Although he remained ultimately responsible for paying back the loan, the project was able to go ahead because he enjoyed the support of individuals within the community who wanted the shop. Last week my father received a phone call from the branch director of his long-standing bank to offer him a new product. My father, instead of listening with confidence to the advice of a trustworthy agent, was immediately suspicious.

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Beware Trading Privacy for Convenience

Harvard Business Review

National Security Agency has been conducting in cooperation with telephone and Internet companies has raised the awareness level a bit. Doc Searls and the Project VRM community have been advocating Personal Data Stores for quite some time. We pay for things with the swipe of a finger. We ask Siri how to get to a restaurant. Our friends can track exactly when we''ll show up. We can monitor our heart rates and calories burned — and compare our results with friends and strangers.

Accountants Will Save the World

Harvard Business Review

For every robust, time-tested measure of return on financial capital, we need another for social capital — the economic benefits that derive from cooperation among groups, and yet another for natural capital — the supply of natural ecosystems (think forests, oceans, mineral deposits) that we turn into valuable goods or services future.

New Books from HBR Press for January

Harvard Business Review

Free-enterprise capitalism is the most powerful system for social cooperation and human progress ever conceived. Also check out the HBR Guide to Project Management and the HBR Guide to Managing Up and Across. Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business. by John Mackey and Rajendra S. Sisodia. Whole Foods Market cofounder John Mackey and professor Raj Sisodia argue for the inherent good of both business and capitalism.

Do You Have the IT For the Coming Digital Wave?

Harvard Business Review

Company and unit leaders need to ensure that IT is in a leading position on all key digital projects. Different standards of project and portfolio management are also required with more flexibility in demand management and budgeting methods. But, they can also represent a significant cultural challenge to implement and require strong leadership and cooperation from your organization.

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Collaborate with a Loved One Without Ruining Your Relationship

Harvard Business Review

In fact, if you look into what it takes to work closely with a loved one on a project like this, there are lessons for any creative collaboration between people who care about each other. Although they have worked together at IDEO for 26 years and Tom has published previous books, this was the first time they attempted collaboration on a writing project. First, start with a strong foundation and agree to protect it; maximize cooperation, minimize competition. “I

Leadership Development Should Focus on Experiments

Harvard Business

Industry research, for example, shows that companies spent more than $24 billion on leadership and management training worldwide in 2013, an increase of 15% from 2012. The small-scale project would test a possible solution in a low-risk way, in 100 days or less, and without the pressure of having to be right. Of the 75 participants, 80% completed their projects and produced tangible results and business insights.

The Comprehensive Business Case for Sustainability

Harvard Business

When firms fail to establish good relationships with their stakeholders, it can lead to increased conflict and reduced stakeholder cooperation. billion in mining projects since 2010. In 2013, GE had reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 32% and water use by 45% compared to 2004 and 2006 baselines, respectively, resulting in $300 million in savings.

Research: Arab Inventors Make the U.S. More Innovative

Harvard Business

innovation system, we ran an exercise matching Arabic first names with international patent applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). In the five-year period from 2009 to 2013, there were 8,786 U.S. the main home of Arab inventors, but the number of Arab patents increased 62% over 10 years, from 1,826 patent applications from 1999–2003 to 2,962 from 2009–2013. In 2013 there were approximately 1.02

A $10 Trillion Bet on China and India

Harvard Business Review

Just yesterday, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released a new report predicting that the economy of China will rebound and grow 8.5% in 2013 and 8.9% As we reported in our book, in China, annual per-capita income is projected to rise, on average, from about $4,400 in 2010 to $12,300 in 2020; in India, it will increase from $1,500 to $4,400.

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People Are Angry About Globalization. Here’s What to Do About It.

Harvard Business

A 2013 Pew Research survey found that business executives ranked ninth out of 10 professions in terms of social contribution, only placing ahead of lawyers. Pollutants that cross national borders to a significant extent — usually airborne ones — require cross-border cooperation. The U.S. is in the midst of a presidential campaign in which both candidates have adopted antitrade stances and one has taken a frankly xenophobic , isolationist stance.