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Strategic Alliances

Kent Larson from The General Counsel discusses the importance of strategic alliances and how maximize their potential. Strategic alliances are extremely valu...
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Easy to follow overview of strategic alliances for business improvements with some great insights

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Let's Stop Confusing Cooperation and Teamwork w...

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“ Using collaboration, cooperation and teamwork interchangeably dilutes their meaning and diminishes the potential to create powerful, collaborative environments.” (Let's Stop Confusing Cooperation and Teamwork w...
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Good distinction between collaboration and cooperation.  I's all about the end objectives.


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Collaboration Is the New "Black": Tips for Your Next Collaboration - Huffington Post

Collaboration Is the New "Black": Tips for Your Next Collaboration - Huffington Post | Working together:  ideas for small business owners | Scoop.it
Collaboration Is the New "Black": Tips for Your Next Collaboration
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When Andrea Cohen, Founder and Lead designer of the UK-based professional women's clothing line No.
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Delete fashion designer and insert "your profession" these tips apply to all small business. 

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Richard Branson on Not Going It Alone

Richard Branson on Not Going It Alone | Working together:  ideas for small business owners | Scoop.it
To be successful in business, you need to connect and collaborate.
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Great insights from one of my all time favourite people on the importance of collaboration on innovation!

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The Psychology of Limitation: How Constraints Make Us More Creative

The Psychology of Limitation: How Constraints Make Us More Creative | Working together:  ideas for small business owners | Scoop.it
If you've ever stared at a blank page, you know the importance of creative constraints. Learn how to harness limitations for more and better ideas.
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Not exactly a working together idea but I wanted to save it here because it is about creativity and innovation. 

When your team or a member of your community is struggling with finding a new way of doing something  perhaps this can help. 

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Red Cross: The 'how-to' for nonprofit and business partnerships - Auburn Citizen

Red Cross: The 'how-to' for nonprofit and business partnerships - Auburn Citizen | Working together:  ideas for small business owners | Scoop.it
Red Cross: The 'how-to' for nonprofit and business partnerships
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Today, however, it is refreshing to see the complexity and mutually enhancing partnerships that have developed over the past few years.
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Top tips from the article:

Any type of business has the potential to develop a successful partnership with local nonprofit organizations with careful planning. It is important to keep several key points in mind:

• Strategically choose which partners you will be working with.

• Preferably, choose partners you already have some sort of connection with.

• Develop a plan before approaching a potential partner.

• Establish clear and honest goals for all partnerships.

• Do not be afraid to establish multiple partnerships with diverse organizations within your community.

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Collaborating with other businesses can build your bottom line

Mutually beneficial business collaborations can be a crucial growth tool for cash-strapped startups and small business owners.
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Some great case studies and examples with really useful hints and tips and things to watch out for.

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A Shared Purpose Drives Collaboration

A Shared Purpose Drives Collaboration | Working together:  ideas for small business owners | Scoop.it
Ask your team: What are we trying to solve together?
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Great examples reinforcing the importance of having your team working together for a common purpose. 

Very congruent with motivation research as well that suggests that your people are much more likely to remain motivated by working towards achievements and success than in response to a carrot or a stick. 

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Strength In Numbers: How Collaboration Can Help Your Small Business Grow

Strength In Numbers: How Collaboration Can Help Your Small Business Grow | Working together:  ideas for small business owners | Scoop.it
The power of small business collectives has never been greater. For many small businesses, by joining forces you can achieve economies of scale and have a louder voice in the ears of consumers. Here are five inspiring reasons to collaborate with your business neighbours that will help your small bus
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Reviews of the self-help business novel It Takes Teamwork to Tango

Reviews of the self-help business novel It Takes Teamwork to Tango | Working together:  ideas for small business owners | Scoop.it
Reviews of the self-help book for business entrepreneurs It Takes Teamwork to Tango by business networkers and successful entrepreneurs.

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How Startups and Large Companies Can Form Valuable Partnerships - Huffington Post

How Startups and Large Companies Can Form Valuable Partnerships - Huffington Post | Working together:  ideas for small business owners | Scoop.it
How Startups and Large Companies Can Form Valuable Partnerships
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Below is a summary of an interview I did with Scott Pollack. Scott has over ten years of experience in business development in fortune 500 companies and startups.

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The Power of Collaboration

A short but conducive video about the Power of Collaboration.
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When people work TOGETHER their potential is significantly multiplied.

Create a safe place that engenders trust 

a place where everyone is equal

where every idea is valued

where ideas can be analysed

People have amazing ideas that can change their lives and the lives of those they touch.

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7 Magic Words (And 10 Negotiation Ideas) For Entrepreneurs

7 Magic Words (And 10 Negotiation Ideas) For Entrepreneurs | Working together:  ideas for small business owners | Scoop.it
Of all the skills we teach prospective entrepreneurs, there’s an element missing. Where in our MBA or business preparedness programs do we talk about the skills of negotiation? With the exception of sales training, which is highly focused on negotiation, perhaps the answer is never.
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Great tips for negotiation that all apply to creating strategic alliance partnerships as  well

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How alliances and partnerhips can grow your business - Trade and Export Middle East

How alliances and partnerhips can grow your business - Trade and Export Middle East | Working together:  ideas for small business owners | Scoop.it
Dr.Ashraf Mahate, Head, Market Intelligence, Dubai Exports, sheds some light on the importance of having strategic partnerships in doing business and how (Dr.Mahate, @DubaiExports tells us the importance of having partnerships in growing your #business,...
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A good overview of how to use strategic alliances to grow your business internationally. 

Principles translate to local business expansion as well.

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What Are 21st-Century Skills?

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According to a group of more than 250 researchers across 60 institutions worldwide learning to collaborate with others and connect through technology are the top two essential skills in a knowledge-based economy.

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Find Beauty In Making A Difference - PR Newswire (press release)

Find Beauty In Making A Difference - PR Newswire (press release) | Working together:  ideas for small business owners | Scoop.it
Find Beauty In Making A Difference
PR Newswire (press release)
WEST CHESTER, Pa., April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Two influential forces in the beauty industry are coming together once again to prove that a little makeup can make a big difference.
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There are some great ideas for collaboration, working together and making a difference in this article

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Three Reasons to Steal, Not Copy. Here's How and Why.

Three Reasons to Steal, Not Copy. Here's How and Why. | Working together:  ideas for small business owners | Scoop.it
Lacking inspiration today? Trying too hard to come up with unique ideas that the world has never seen? Here's an angle for you: 'steal' other people's and put them together in a way that you and only
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There' aren't really three reasons... just one really good one stolen from somewhere else and that''s the whole point!

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Innovation key to small business growth - NorthFulton.com

Innovation key to small business growth
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Innovation requires thinking "outside the box" and using non-conventional and counter-intuitive thinking to create something that makes things easier, quicker and more productive.
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All great points.

I think the block for many  small business owners is finding the time and the headspace for innovation when just keeping up with business as usual can take all their energy.

One of the best ways to come up with new ideas is by sharing and collaboration with others. Innovation doesn't happen in a vacuum.

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When Do Business Alliances Make Sense? - Forbes

When Do Business Alliances Make Sense? - Forbes | Working together:  ideas for small business owners | Scoop.it
When Do Business Alliances Make Sense?
Forbes
That's because it can be extremely difficult to compare solo firms and alliances head-to-head in a meaningful way, which requires measuring their performance in similar situations.
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Although primarily targeted at large organisations bidding for contracts there are some useful insights which transfer equally well to small business.

 

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Delta Created A Program For Networking In The Air - Business Insider

Delta Created A Program For Networking In The Air - Business Insider | Working together:  ideas for small business owners | Scoop.it
Delta Created A Program For Networking In The Air Business Insider Here's how it works: Find a Delta flight that offers "Innovation Class," apply for a seat through LinkedIn, and if you're chosen, fly for free while squeezing in some quality...
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This would be a HUGE improvement on some of the people I've found myself sitting next to on planes over the years. (Although I have met some awesome people too!)

Great innovatioin... now to think of ways to extend it into other arenas...

 

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Six Tips for Developing Successful Strategic Partnerships

Six Tips for Developing Successful Strategic Partnerships | Working together:  ideas for small business owners | Scoop.it

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Jeanne Legare's curator insight, March 27, 2014 9:32 AM

Working with strategic partners is a key to my success! These 6 tips are very important to know if you plan on partnering!

David Hain's curator insight, March 27, 2014 10:34 AM

You can stay small and grow large using this strategy effectively!

Jeff's curator insight, March 31, 2014 10:34 AM

we all need a little help 

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Collaboration - Affect/Possibility: Ken Blanchard at TEDxSanDiego

Stating that "no one of us is as smart as all of us," Ken Blanchard teaches us three aspects of successful collaboration: 1. if you meet someone who wants to...
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Great insights from Ken Blanchard on the importance of collaboration. 

Everyone needs to be able to work with and learn from others.

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Sir Ken Robinson: Collaboration in the 21st Century

Sir Ken Robinson, PhD, is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources. He has led and advised high-...
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Key insights

Being creative is a process of having original ideas that have value.. 

Generally this involves a process of development and improvement.

This process typically doesn't happen in a vacuum but through collaboration. 

The future for small businesses who want to create an innovate is in collaboration.

Do you surround yourself with collaborators or do you operate as an island?

 

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