Black Rod’s Entrance To Collaborative Working

Today (14th May 2014) I went to the House of Lords, London and entered through Black Rods Gate to attend the Annual House of Lords Collaborative Working Reception. It was a lunchtime reception in the Cholmondley Room / the Terrace on the River Thames and being a sunny spring afternoon this was a perfect setting for [...]

Communicating Your Construction Projects Visually and Socially

If you are a project or construction manager one of your challenges is how to communicate the status of your project to the project team and your Project Director easily.  And if your a Project Director responsible for multiple projects within a programme, sharing and communicating it simply to your Main Executive Board can be an even [...]

Team collaboration – partnering with other businesses to identify solutions that are greater than the sum of their parts

Successful team collaboration in business is all about ensuring each and every element of a project and business relationship is working in perfect sync to bring about the desired result. Most importantly, this is about supporting people’s collaborative behaviours and competencies with the right processes and systems. As we move into a truly global economy, [...]

SharpCloud Stories – Visualising Your Ideas

If you are new to SharpCloud one of the first decisions you will have to make is how you can best put SharpCloud to work in your business, to help improve your communication, collaboration capability, decision making and overall productivity. In the Story below, I have shared a selection of stories that I have created since [...]

Making effective use of the BS 11000 British Standard and cutting-edge visualisation software to ensure better collaboration

BS 11000 is the British Standard (soon to become ISO 11000) that provides a tried and tested framework for business collaboration in order to improve performance and enhance business relationships. Taking a collaborative approach will bring both tangible and intangible benefits to your business, from better cost management, resource utilisation and business innovations, to improved [...]

How I discovered a fresh approach to business collaboration

I’ve worked in a great variety of roles over the past 25 years, from coaching my local rugby teams to serving as a process control engineer, manager, consultant and business leader for several global organisations. However, at every stage of my career, the common thread has been my interest in helping people work more effectively [...]

Do you know how engaged your stakeholders are?

Stakeholder Engagement and understanding the interfaces with other organisations and teams is a critical part of an overall collaboration approach to deliver projects and initiatives successfully. Here is a simple and easy to use Stakeholder Engagement Management Tool that you can start using immediately. Do you know how engaged and supportive your stakeholders are?

Multi-Tasking While Online?

People who are multi-tasking while in online meetings may not be as productive as you think. Focusing on the task in hand and getting stuff done and completed is very satisfying and highly productive. Discover how you can make your online meeting dynamic, interesting and fully engaging so people would never think about checking their email again, in case they miss something important.

BS 11000 Stage 8 Exit strategy (Clause 10)

There is a time when all business relationships come to an end. Knowing when to disengage and how is key for your business continuity and for making sure future collaborative opportunities are possible. Do you have a joint exit strategy in place for your current and future business relationships?

BS 11000 Stage 7 Staying together (Clause 9)

After you have established your collaboration strategy, determined your collaboration profile, selected a partner to collaborate with and have started to create value, you need to make sure you stay together. Clause 9 in BS 11000 focuses on the activities that you have to jointly undertake to help you maximise the benefit of working collaboratively, hopefully for a very long and profitable time.