Collaborative Leadership is a commitment and a process, not simply an ideal
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Yes,

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University of Rochester President Seligman's essay
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The question for each of us: Who is responsible?
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Building Effective Collaborative Leadership: Some Practicalities

Building Effective Collaborative Leadership: Some Practicalities | Collaborative Leadership is a commitment and a process, not simply an ideal | Scoop.it
By Judith BroughDuring my more than 40 years of experience in education, I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. Such opportunities have led me to develop some fairly strong research-based decisions about what makes the differences among excellent, satisfactory, and marginal schools.
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Here's a belated addition to this well-done piece from Collaborative Leadership: Developing Effective Partnerships for Communities and Schools (Corwin Press 2009)."Nine Principles of Effective Collaborative LeadershipHere are nine important principles that have emerged from interviews, observations, experience and surveys of collaborations that work. They don’t add up to a comprehensive overview or even a summary of the research … but they are some of its most immediately practical hints: - Be a collaborative leader – don’t stand by and watch a collaborative venture falter and fail. Remember: you are a collaborative leader once you have accepted responsibility for building – or helping to ensure the success of-a heterogeneous team to accomplish a shared purpose.- Cultivate a shared vision right from the start, even if it’s vague.- Take care to recruit the right mix to reach your stakeholders and decision makers.- Become—or ensure that you have identified—the institutional worrier. This is the person who will pay unwavering attention to sustaining the momentum and attending to the management details of the collaboration, and engaging the perspectives and addressing the process needs of each individual partner in the work of the collaboration.- Work to see the world through the eyes of those you would lead. This will help you see how to ensure that each partner’s individual and institutional self-interests are served by both the process and products of the collaboration.- Don’t waste time. Meetings must be efficient and productive; management must be lean and driven. Remember that for everyone else this is no more than a second priority. The corollary of this is: Benchmark your progress: give your partners the evidence they need to report with pride and authenticity the progress of your collaboration.- Routinize the structure and the roster of participants. Make the collaboration a regular item on participants’ schedules. Recognize that it is easier and more popular to cancel a meeting or to remove a responsibility than it is to add a meeting or responsibility to participants’ lives. Secure commitments from all participants that every possible effort will be made to ensure that the same people come to the table each time the collaboration meets. Scarcely anything stifles creativity, productivity, and commitment more than wasting time each meeting bringing a new delegate 'up to speed.'- All collaboration is personal. Cultivating partners shouldn’t end once they commit to the partnership. Cultivation of partners’ attachment to the collaboration requires ongoing attention. 'Interinstitutional collaboration' is a misnomer. Effective collaboration happens between people – one person at a time.- Focus on Systems within Systems within Systems. To lead within a collaboration (that would be system 3) you must master your organization (system 2), see yourself (system 1) as others see you, and have a clear-eyed understanding of the environment (system 4) in which it all resides."
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Collaboration brings innovation

Collaboration brings innovation | Collaborative Leadership is a commitment and a process, not simply an ideal | Scoop.it
“By supporting the social innovations of others, charities and housing associations could scale their impact and advance their own social missions (Collaboration brings innovation http://t.co/MldkSeXfi9...”
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This is an exceptional article that captures the excitement - and the exciting personalities - that energize socially responsible innovation and collaboration. Yes, social progress relies on the successes of these leaders; so, when the authors remind us that "precious few are able to reach a scale where they can have a real impact on the problem they are seeking to address" we have to do something about that! Don't we? There is no shortage of people who see answers to pressing social problems; and no shortage of people who rise and fall quickly in their efforts to do something about them. We can do something about this! There are predictable patterns of building, managing, renewing and re-inventing collaborations. We can teach, learn, practice and become more effective collaborative leaders! Our conversations should begin with articles like this one that light our fires of enthusiasm about progressive leaders breaking through to make their differences. But - for all our sakes - our conversations should continue into how to help more and more leaders learn and develop the skills of collaboration. This is the conversation we want to make happen!
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Why Collaboration Kills Productivity?

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Creative work needs periods of time when you can concentrate to work without interruptions. We live in work culture where interruptions are too well accepted. Since collaboration is the selected (Why Collaboration Kills Productivity?


Via Noelene Callaghan
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That's not "collaboration" that's getting in your way; it's constant brainstorming! Collaboration is best understood as "purposeful relationship-building and relationship-management" which demands both up- and down-time/together- and alone-time. 

Don't blame collaboration  ... take control of it!

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This is an interesting article.

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The History of Social Collaboration [INFOGRAPHIC]

The History of Social Collaboration [INFOGRAPHIC] | Collaborative Leadership is a commitment and a process, not simply an ideal | Scoop.it
Social collaboration is not an entirely new concept, but it has the qualities of a technology that can change how people work together.
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The science of collaboration has been developing along parallel and symbiotic tracks: via the growing resources of technology and the emerging understanding of relationship-building/relationship-management. Both sides have much to learn from and teach the other ... I look forward to the education! Hank
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Scottish Enterprise looks to improve university–industry collaboration

Scottish Enterprise looks to improve university–industry collaboration (Scotsman): Share With Friends: | | I... http://t.co/AncEGz1fuP
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Like all elements of effective business planning and management, collaboration demands attention to lessons learned from others' experience (successes as well as  failures); the principles, processes and dispositions that have been proven to work. 

Over the course of more than 20 years, the Intitute for Collaborative Leadership trained leaders and helped build progressive collaborations.

Let me know if we can help.

Hank Rubin

www.collaborative-leaders.com

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Who Do We Fight Against?

Who Do We Fight Against? | Collaborative Leadership is a commitment and a process, not simply an ideal | Scoop.it
My answer admittedly begs a second unasked question: then why aren't we doing anything about it?
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A young leader asked: What does my generation rage against? Here's how we answered: Tianna, this may be one of the most poignant and thought-provoking opinion pieces I've seen. Thank you. Perhaps it's FEAR that we all rage against; our own unique fear - the dread we each have of encroaching powerlessness, of lost hope, of fruitless strivings. Perhaps this fear is nothing new to those of us born without privilege to parents who, themselves, were born without privilege. These generations grow up raging against powerlessness, hopelessness and resignation to the fruitlessness of their strivings. Perhaps those born with privilege in generations past could afford to be fearless .. but no more. The ruthless resistance to change that characterizes so much of our polarized politics reflects a fearful recognition that no one group can inherit or stake a claim on privilege any longer. A great equality of vulnerability, loss and fear is sweeping America and if this is true, Tianna, then this vulnerability, loss and fear is what we must understand and rage against, together. Hank Rubin
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Clay Shirky: Institutions vs. collaboration | Video

In this prescient 2005 talk, Clay Shirky shows how closed groups and companies will give way to looser networks where small contributors have big roles and fluid cooperation replaces rigid planning.

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How to Build Effective Online Learning Communities - Edudemic

How to Build Effective Online Learning Communities - Edudemic | Collaborative Leadership is a commitment and a process, not simply an ideal | Scoop.it
“ Ever think about starting or participating in online learning communities? Take a look at what they are and how they can be helpful!”
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Here's a good primer for anyone new at building online collaborations that fit the bill of ~ Learning Communities.
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Creating Outlets for Cross-Functional Collaboration

Creating Outlets for Cross-Functional Collaboration | Collaborative Leadership is a commitment and a process, not simply an ideal | Scoop.it
Providing an outlet for not-for-profit teams to work together allows them to share strategies for how they engage stakeholders, ask for help on challenges, and spark new ideas.
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The best outlets, of course, are those that advance the mission of each collaborative partner in a manner that draws a strength, resource, type of visibility or other value from each of the other partners. 

Without close attention to this 'added value' at the start and throughout the life of the collaboration, these outlets can have the effect of draining energy - rather than adding it - to the mission driven work of nonprofits.

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The Key to Empowering Educators? True Collaboration

The Key to Empowering Educators? True Collaboration | Collaborative Leadership is a commitment and a process, not simply an ideal | Scoop.it
For Connected Educators Month, a key theme this year is how to move from merely connecting with other educators into collaborations that push pedagogy and the education conversation forward.

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This is right on target ... but we should aim to help make sure that Collaborative Practice is more than an aspiration, more than an art or even a craft, more than something we model but fail to teach. The Institute for collaborative Leadership has been working with education and community leaders since 1992 to build strong collaborations and develop a teachable science of collaboration.Thank you, teachers, for your good work.
Hank Rubin, founder
ICL: info@Collaborative-Leaders.com
www.Collaborative-Leaders.com
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Lessons From Finland: What Educators Can Learn About Leadership - MindShift (blog)

Lessons From Finland: What Educators Can Learn About Leadership - MindShift (blog) | Collaborative Leadership is a commitment and a process, not simply an ideal | Scoop.it
“MindShift (blog) Lessons From Finland: What Educators Can Learn About Leadership MindShift (blog) Because of the collaborative atmosphere, teachers are encouraged to be the leaders of their profession.” [RELATED: What's So Great About Schools in...”
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The difference isn't just time (although time available to collaborate makes a big difference); the difference is the mutuality of respect ("trust"), the authentically acknowledged inter-dependence of all the players, the bottom line of learners-learning, and the climate that encourages and supports risk. We've got examples in the States ... and we certainly can create them as we pay more and more attention to developing skilled public and education collaborative leaders.
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