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Technology and training to improve global teamwork and collaboration
Technology and training to improve global teamwork and collaboration

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Today is a wonderful sunny day. A great day to launch our new 'OnePageWebsite'... Hope you like it!
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‘The future of teamwork is global’. This actually means; to collaborate fruitfully with anyone worldwide regardless of his/hers ideas, status or background.

What do you think? What do we need to start doing this?
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Hello everyone welcome back,

We have covered quite some ground the last two months in our quest to describe the ‘core elements of global teamwork’. To remind you and inform others exactly what topic’s have been covered:

“Global, local, teamwork, core, elements, collaboration, aspects, modes, assets, connection, communication, contribution, coordination, professional, recreational, components, competence, tools, skills, compass, map, pack, navigation, conserving, copying, compelling, conforming, competing, cooperating, comprehending, complementing, team, diversity, commitment and cohesion”.

One question has been unanswered: How do the ‘core elements of global teamwork’ fit together in one comprehensive model? Well... To answer this we have created this smart and easy to understand graphic. It shows you what the ‘core aspects, core modes and core assets’ of collaboration are and how they interrelate. This model helps you to explore any collaboration-process you will encounter. To name a few:

Discover that every mode of collaboration needs different competences from team members...

See that the way we connect, communicate, contribute and coordinate changes depends on our mode of collaboration…

Find out what components we can use to cooperate and which ones to complement…

Explore what competences we need to communicate in competition mode…

From now on you can use this model to describe, understand and improve every collaboration process you will ever be a part of. Additionally it will be very useful to translate the ‘core elements of global teamwork’ to particular fields of expertise, for example... Marketing, management, human resources and information technology. This is one of the crucial things we are going to help you with in future posts.

For now? Have another look at the graphic and get used to the idea that ‘the future of teamwork will be global’. That means; being able to collaborate effectively with anyone, wherever you are and at any given moment. Locally, globally, in professional and recreational contexts.And do remember; we are all invited!

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Tell us what you think… How should a team collaborate to be most effective?

1. Should actions of team members be based on “reflexes and instincts”?

2. Should actions of team members be based on “rituals, custom and elders”?

3. Should actions of team members be based on “domination, control and power”?

4. Should actions of team members be based on “rules, duties and roles”?

5. Should actions of team members be based on “goals, options and opportunities”?

6. Should actions of team members be based on “sharing and mutual gain”?

7. Should actions of team members be based on “knowledge, intuition, flexibility and functionality”?

8. Should actions of team members be based on “a deep experienced responsibility for others and interest in others”?

Or maybe a combination of these ‘core modes of collaboration’? We are curious what your opinion is.
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Hello everyone,

Nice you're back. The last few weeks we have been talking about the “Core elements of Global Teamwork”. A concept we designed in order to help you to describe, understand and improve the collaboration processes you are involved in. Locally, globally, in professional and recreational contexts.

In the first post we introduced the “collaboration compass”. It is inspired by the “core aspects” of collaboration. In the second post we described the “collaboration map” that shows you the “core modes” of collaboration. In this post we will focus on the last group of elements, the “core assets” of collaboration and the “collaboration pack”

When you think of the “core assets” of collaboration, think of a backpack with items that you require when exploring a challenging landscape. It will probably contain food, cooking items and sleeping gear, clothes and some kind of shelter to protect you from the elements. But. It is the equipment in your backpack and your skills to use the equipment properly, that enables you to proceed and enjoy your journey, safely. The same applies when operating in the “collaboration landscape”. You need a kind of backpack that contains both types of “collaboration-resources” in order to be able to work effectively together with the people in your team.

We distinguish two types of “collaboration-resources”

Components - These are the practical collaboration-tools, systems and -structures that are available to each team-member at any given moment and location.

Competences - These are the intentional, behavioural, cultural and social skills that individual team-members can use at any given time and place.

The more developed, mature and reliable these two types of resources are, the more capable your team will be to accomplish challenging tasks, realize all kinds of objectives and fulfil its purpose. The quality of teamwork depends on the availability of both types of resources, not just one. “Practical components” only add value to the collaboration-process when used by people with complementing “personal competences”.

In our next post we will show you how the core “aspects, modes and assets” of collaboration fit together in one flexible and functional model. We hope it will help you to improve your teamwork, wherever you are, whenever you need it and whoever you work with.

Stay tuned.
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Hello everyone.

Last week we started our exploration of the “Core elements of Global Teamwork”. We introduced the first of three tools that we have designed to navigate the “collaboration landscape”. This first tool is called the “collaboration compass”. It uses the “core aspects” of collaboration (connection, communication, contribution and coordination) to stimulate the development process of your (global) team.

Today we present our second tool. We call it the "collaboration map”. This map we created with the second group of elements in our mind: the “core modes” of collaboration. These “core modes” are the distinguished types of collaboration processes we experience in our everyday life. They are, so to speak, the “typical ways how people work together”. The map we created by ordering these “core modes” of collaboration we call the “collaboration map”.

The purpose of this map is to give you an overview of the different “modes of collaboration” you encounter when you want to collaborate with other people, locally and globally. We hope that it helps you to recognize these typical “ways” and that it enables you to see how your own team collaborates in different situations.

The “core modes” of collaboration are:

Conserving - Actions of team-members are based on “reflexes and instincts” in order to “survive and meet primary needs”

Copying - Actions of team-members are based on “rituals, custom and elders” in order to “find safety, similarity and harmony”

Compelling - Actions of team-members are based on “domination, control and power” in order to “get respect, status and move up in hierarchy”

Conforming - Actions of team-members are based on “rules, duties and roles” in order to “maintain stability, order and security”

Competing - Actions of team-members are based on “goals, options and opportunities” in order to “win, gain advantage and be successful”

Cooperating - Actions of team-members are based on “sharing and mutual gain” in order to “feel useful and experience a sense of community”

Comprehending - Actions of team-members are based on “knowledge, intuition, flexibility and functionality” in order to “innovate, explore complex situations and learn what works best”

Complementing - Actions of team-members are based on “ a deep experienced responsibility for an interest in others” in order to “create sustainable solutions and integrate diversity”

Let’s be honest. Most of us feel sympathy for one or more of these “core modes” of collaboration and feel some resistance to other modes. Do remember though, that none of the “core modes” of collaboration are either good or bad, effective or ineffective. They are just the “ways that us human beings work together”. The challenge is to activate the right mode under the right circumstances. The more flexible your team can switch between these modes the more effective your team will be in resolving the challenges that they are confronted with while realising its objectives, locally and globally.

We know that this is just a brief overview of the “collaboration landscape”. We hope that you find it interesting and stay tuned for our next post about the “core assets” of collaboration.

If you have any questions, please just drop them in the comment box below.

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Hello everyone and welcome back.

Today we start our exploration through “collaboration landscape.” As promised, we are going to create a simple type of map that will improve your ability to work in teams worldwide, which means; to collaborate better with anyone, wherever you are and at any given moment.

We call our map “core elements of global teamwork” and it is made up of three groups of elements. These are “core aspects, core modes and core assets” of collaboration. The three coloured round icons in the graphic represent these groups.

In this posts we introduce the first group “core aspects” of collaboration. Later on we will address the other two groups and find out how they interrelate.

When you think of the “core aspects” of collaboration, think of them as the four cardinal points on a compass; North, East, South and West. Wherever you are located on earth, a compass and the four cardinal points will help you to orientate and navigate. (Where are we and what direction will we move to next... North, East, South or West?)

However, to be able to orientate and navigate in the “collaboration landscape”, we need a different kind of compass. It should focus on helping you and your team to orientate and navigate efficiently (how are we collaborating now and what aspects can we improve?) That’s why our “collaboration compass” doesn’t use the “cardinal points;” North, East, South and West to choose our direction. Instead it uses the “core aspects” to design our course. Connection, Communication, Contribution and Coordination. These “core aspects” of collaboration help us to find our route by triggering four questions:

1. How can we connect better with each other?
2. How can we communicate better with each other?
3. How can we contribute better with each other?
4. How can we coordinate better with each other?

By inquiring into these questions with your team and answering them collectively, you unconsciously start a continuous development process of improving your teamwork. Not by designing the collective route behind a desk but by finding your shared route together. As a team, as a whole unit and as a family. Step by step.

It may be clear that using this “collaboration compass” requires time and practice. As we said in our former post; “Practice and experience in teamwork are needed to master this kind of stuff!” Please remember you can always take your first small step. Start thinking about it and start experimenting with it.

If you have any questions please just drop them in the comment box below and I assure you we will be happy to help.

Stay tuned for our next post! We’ll take a dive into the “core modes” of collaboration.

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A few weeks ago we showed you a graphic with the title 'core elements of global teamwork’. In this follow-up post we will start to explain, step by step what we are actually talking about.

First we will show what we mean with this ambitious title. Later on we will describe of what practical use these core elements can be to you and the people you are working with.

The 'core elements of global teamwork' are a number of very basic, practical and easy to use ingredients in every form of human collaboration that you will encounter in your life.

By combining these elements we will draw a comprehensive map that will show you how to work optimally with others at any moment in any place, worldwide.

That’s why the 'core elements of global teamwork’ will be of help to anyone who is collaborating with other people regardless in what context or on what scale. Local and global, professional and recreational.

Learning about this map will enhance your ability to describe and understand collaboration processes better, and will enable you to improve the products of your collective effort, when working in teams.

Before we take the first step, one more thing to remember. Be aware what a map actually is and what it is not. It is simplification of reality not reality itself. In this case it is a tool that helps you to navigate the ‘collaboration landscape’. It is not the landscape itself. Practise and experience in teamwork are needed to master this ’global navigation process’.

We invite you to join us on this exciting, fresh adventure.
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Working with Jerry (BoSwar) on our next 'highly ambitious' project. I am exited. Stay tuned!
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