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The Problem with Collaboration

Written by  TOM MAGEE January 13, 2014

Today in today’s very competitive world everyone is looking for an edge wherever it can be found. Consultants say this edge lies in almost everything from your furniture to the latest computer gadget or a vast array of MBA-like terms. Collaboration is the latest term business schools preach as the “thing” that will deliver your organization from failure. That sounds nice, but what is collaboration? Henry Ford the car maker defined collaboration as, “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” Now what does that mean? How do you do that in today’s world environment? Mere survival is now the challenge for many organizations. Tight budgets, declining staff numbers, declining training budgets, hectic schedules, and other things makes this goal of collaboration seem elusive at best if not mystical at the worst. At first look this collaboration subject could seem like the quest for the magical grail. To

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