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Tag Archives: Collaborate

Instigator Hangout April 12, 2014


Imagine the irony of “following” a leadership development community. Think about it. If we want to develop leaders, must we make them “follow” us? Have you ever considered how pervasive the idea seems to be that we must be taught or that we must be led? In true Lead Change style, we are setting out » Read More

Flexibility: Stretching Traditional Notions of Work

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  “The key to sustained happiness, health, and longevity is flexibility.” –Ev Duran There is a parable here in Afghanistan about a mule and a well that speaks to the value of flexibility in our lives.  Having fallen into a shallow well, an Afghan farmer’s mule brayed incessantly while the farmer and his son considered their » Read More


Can Independence Foster Healthy Interdependence?

Independence & Interdependence

A lively and insightful #PeopleSkills chat on Twitter led by Kate Nasser and David Moore got me thinking more deeply about the relationship between independence and interdependence as it applies to teamwork. As I began to make the case for the value of those who work well independently to a team, several participants chimed in » Read More


The collaborative team player


“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” —Helen Keller Today, the social implications of a multi-generational workforce joining with the informational implications of new technology make collaboration a priority in many organizations. Collaborations, partnerships, alliances are the mark of great organizations and communities—the indispensable arsenal of the organization and communities » Read More


Meet Instigator Chery Gegelman

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Each month in our newsletter, we feature an interview with one of our Instigators. The interview for May was with Chery Gegelman, president of Giana Consulting LLC.  Chery is a speaker, author, consultant, and first-time expat. Get in touch with her at www.consultgiana.com. What is your background in leadership? I am an ordinary person that has » Read More


Everything I Learned About Collaborative Leadership

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Over the last few weeks, I have been working together with a team to prepare a proposal in response to The Children’s Trust (TCT) Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) “Safe and Supportive Communities: Place-Based Service Partnerships for At-Risk Populations.” The purpose of this competitive solicitation is to identify 16 place-based service partnerships to address child abuse prevention, » Read More


Five ways to improve communication with your teams


Everything you do and say communicates SOMETHING. In fact, the most effective leaders know that their team’s performance hinges on being a great communicator. “Since we communicate whether we want to or not, it’s in our best interest to get good at it” David Grossman Communication Expert. When a leader communicates effectively, everyone understands the » Read More


The Four Pillars of Encouraging Leadership

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To encourage is to be a leader who makes a difference by manifesting a positive belief in others. “Humans need encouragement as much as plants need water. We constantly encourage or discourage those around us and thereby contribute materially to their greater or lesser ability to function.” Rudolf Dreikurs The value of encouragement is often » Read More


Why We Don’t Ask and Why We Should Anyway


When was the last time you asked for something you really wanted or even needed to support your dreams? Amanda Palmer ran one of the most successful crowd funding campaigns ever to raise money to support her music. The record company was not satisfied with her results with only 25,000 units sold, so to keep » Read More


It Takes a Community to Be a Leader

Leadership Takes a Community

Leadership isn’t a solo endeavor. If you go it alone: You will not have anyone to support you in challenging times. You will not have anyone to challenge you in troubling times. You will not have meaningful conversations. You will become stale in your ways. You will become moldy in your ideas. You will become » Read More

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