Using A Pole To Get Ahead

And I’m Not Talking About Pole Vaulting

This article was first published on BizCatalyst360 here, in answer to an article that a fellow contributor had written.

I read – and of course commented – on a recent article in BIZCATALYST 360° – a fine publication that if you don’t already track, follow and read … you should.

Great organizations pole-vault over the bar of their past successes and continue raising the Bar along with their goals. It is these Pole – Vaulting teams which set the pace of what their followers will one day benchmark. Industries that are going through disruption must stop benchmarking the past doing so is the game of Limbo.

Ray Stasieczko

Hard to argue with that … but I want to look at the challenge through a different lens – whilst keeping the metaphor, because, I have to say, I like the visual and it provided a great analogy, but somehow, I felt there was more, well not so much ‘more’ .. as different.

Here’s The Problem

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Engaging Collaboration

Engaging Collaboration was originally published on Biz Catalyst on October 17th 2016.

We live in a new era — mostly of self-expression, but not so much of listening. We are not Hamlet so much these days — we are broadcasters of the self… Selfhood is extremely important, of course — who can deny it? — but when you make the self the outer limit of your politics, you then begin to ignore a great deal of the attitudes, situations, dilemmas, misery of others. So there should be a limit, I think, on the limiting factor of selfhood.

Listening — that is, abandoning the self and abandoning yourself to another’s point of view — is what the internet has not really given us. It’s given us trolls, it’s given us tsunamis of opinion. Perhaps it’ll take a bend in the future that we can’t yet foresee.

Ian McKewan – Nutshell

“Like life, the Internet is non-linear. This week’s article builds on last week’s, but at the same time sets it up as I seek to focus on the collaborative aspects of engagement.

The need for collaboration gets bandied around a lot these days, but I remain convinced that few understand how it works in ‘collective creation’. No – we haven’t always done it. No, it is not ‘the team working around the table together’. And NO – virtualizing the team and doing daily scrum meetings do not collaborative teams make.

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