When you want to foster collaborative business relationships, find a new path. A competitive business landscape is causing companies to realise and harness the potential of collaboration in their overall strategy.
In today’s competitive business landscape, collaboration is becoming the key to long-term success. Rather than solely focusing on outperforming competitors, companies are recognising the transformative power of collaboration. By embracing collaboration, companies tap into diverse perspectives, collective intelligence, and innovative solutions, but building a collaborative business culture isn’t always an easy task. It takes input from leaders, essential collaboration skills, overcoming barriers, tools and technologies, and measuring and recognising collaborative efforts.
Creating a collaborative environment
“It really comes down to those relationships” – Janet Beckers, Janet Beckers Consulting
Building a collaborative environment for fruitful business relationships involves cultivating trust and mutual respect, identifying shared goals and values, and encouraging open communication and knowledge sharing. By fostering an atmosphere where diverse perspectives are valued and transparent communication is encouraged, businesses can establish a solid foundation for successful collaboration. Identifying common objectives and values with potential partners aligns efforts towards shared success, while establishing clear channels for communication and knowledge sharing allows for the exchange of insights and resources that fuel collaborative growth. By embracing collaboration, organisations tap into the collective expertise and creativity of their partners, unlocking new opportunities and driving mutual growth.
Developing Collaborative Skills
“The collaboration is when you actually are working together with a common goal” – Marc Charette, Central Coast Media Group
Developing specific collaborative skills is crucial for building strong inter-organisational relationships and working towards a common goal that benefits both businesses in the long run. By engaging in active listening, organisations can cultivate empathy and gain a deeper understanding of their collaborative partners. Effective communication and negotiation skills enable the clear articulation of objectives and the establishment of mutually beneficial terms. Additionally, investing in relationship building, actively participating in industry events, and nurturing connections over time helps to develop a sense of mutual trust and rapport, ensuring sustained collaboration. By honing these essential skills, your organisation will be well-equipped to forge successful collaborative relationships with other businesses, paving the way for mutual success in achieving shared objectives.
Overcoming Barriers to Collaboration
“Everyone needs to be on the same page working in the same direction. Collective intelligence drives creative solutions.” – Peter Hollingsworth, Business Advisor, Trainer & Mentor, The Business Centre
To ensure successful collaborative business relationships, it is important to address potential obstacles that may arise. This involves fostering an environment where everyone is on the same page, understanding and respecting the unique culture and practices of each party involved, through open-mindedness and flexibility. Trust and confidentiality concerns can be tackled by establishing clear guidelines and agreements, ensuring transparency, and safeguarding sensitive information. Another essential aspect is to proactively manage any conflicts or disputes that may arise, by promoting open communication, encouraging dialogue, and implementing effective mechanisms for conflict resolution. By addressing these common barriers, organisations can foster healthy and productive relationships, laying the foundation for successful collaboration.
Building collaborative business relationships is a powerful strategy for unlocking new opportunities, innovation, and growth. By creating a collaborative environment, developing essential skills, and addressing barriers to collaboration, you can forge strong alliances with other businesses, leading to mutually beneficial results. Remember, collaborative relationships are built on trust, open communication, and a shared vision. Embrace the power of cooperation, and watch as your business expands its horizons, harnessing the collective strengths and resources of your collaborative partners. Together, you can achieve great heights and create a positive impact in the business world.
This blog is based on the Third panel discussion that took place at the Stronger Than My Excuses event – “IMAGINE: Challenging the Status Quo.” In this discussion, a group of experts provided their perspectives on the theme of “IMAGINE: Collaborating, not Competing: Building Resilient Businesses and Communities” Watch the full panel here!
There are many negative impacts that come from being in a domestic abuse situation. When moving on after domestic abuse it is important to remember there are some tools and actions that can help you. You don’t have to struggle alone as a survivor, there is support out there for you.
Finding Tools for Support
There are a few common struggles that survivors of domestic abuse have when they are coming out of a victimised state. One of the main things survivors struggle with is finding a positive mindset and having the tools to help. Tools for a positive mindset could include gaining professional support. Getting that support can be tricky at times but it can be so beneficial in helping you to move on.
Another struggle for survivors is regaining a sense of self-worth and finding ways to help with that. A great idea that may help you is to gain social connections with like-minded people or those that have been through something similar, other survivors of domestic violence and family abuse. Find hope through their success stories, find comfort in going through the journey together, and hopefully find your self-worth again.
Communication and Mentors
Communication can be a struggle for some survivors. Living in a way where you have to be conscious of how you speak, what you say, how you communicate; it can be difficult to break that pattern. Survivors come from living in a co-dependent situation, one where their confidence may be lacking. Try getting yourself a mentor, someone who can support you, advocate for you and also help keep you accountable to the goals that you’re trying to achieve. Having someone in your corner cheering you on can be a great motivator when trying to move on.
There are so many positive benefits you can gain from the above actions that can be valuable in helping you to move on after domestic abuse. There are so many tools out there that can help if you are struggling. Tools that can help you to gain back your sense of self-worth, help you find and work on your strengths, and move forward with your life. Taking these actions can help you to build better connections with people, have stronger and healthier relationships, and find both financial and social independence. Using the tools available, taking action, and working towards your goals can allow you the freedom to live a life on your terms. You CAN move on after domestic abuse.
This blog is based predominantly on the information given by Leonie Hanna during her appearance on the Stronger Than My Excuses Giving Strength Show. Watch the full panel here: What Next – Moving on From Domestic Abuse.
If you are in urgent need of support, please call (in Australia) 000. You can also call 1800 RESPECT OR 1800 737 732 for support.
There are numerous contact names/numbers at the end of the episode of this show, so if you need support in any area, please watch the show and use these services if you need them…you are not alone.
In today’s dynamic business landscape, a huge aspect of leading through uncertainty involves maintaining stability and guiding teams through the difficult times.
In an ever-evolving world, leadership often means navigating uncharted waters, where change is the only constant. Effective leadership during times of uncertainty is a skill that sets great leaders apart. Some strategies for maintaining stability in the face of change include fostering adaptability and innovation and showing empathy and support. These skills and qualities can help guide your team through the challenges of constant change and uncertainty.
Flexibility and Adaptability
“It’s important to… figure out what can we be certain on? What can we control? Let’s focus on that. And then we’ll be able to ride the other waves that come along much more easily.” – Laura Piccardi, Uppy
In leadership, flexibility and adaptability are indispensable qualities for navigating today’s ever-changing landscape. Countless stories of exceptional leaders highlight their ability to adjust course in challenging situations, whether it’s a CEO responding to market shifts or a team leader adapting strategies to overcome unexpected obstacles. To foster a culture of adaptability within a team, creating an environment that encourages change and innovation is key, allowing team members to experiment with new approaches and embrace change with confidence.
Innovation and Creative Problem-Solving
“If we followed best practice, by the time we caught up to our competition, they would be miles ahead of us, and we would remain where we were. So the mindset had to be about innovation ” – Shaun Mielekamp, CEO of Central Coast, Mariners Football Club
In leadership, innovation is a powerful engine driving progress and helping organisations not only survive change but thrive in it. Leaders play a crucial role in promoting innovation within their teams. They can do this by creating an environment where new ideas are encouraged and different perspectives are valued. Practical strategies, like brainstorming sessions for generating fresh ideas, promoting teamwork across different parts of the organisation, and allowing experimentation, provide the tools needed to adapt successfully in a changing landscape.
Empathy and Support
“If we’re going to be good leaders, it has to be about the others, it has to be about our team, we have to put the focus on them.” – Nick Bendel, founder of Hunter and Scribe
In uncertain times, leadership’s essence lies in empathy and support. These qualities are crucial for maintaining a resilient team and navigating turbulence. Leaders who excel in uncertain conditions often lead with empathy, understanding their team’s concerns, and providing unwavering support. To bring empathy into your leadership, practice active listening, understand individual needs, and offer emotional support. These strategies create a foundation of empathy and support that bolsters your leadership during uncertainty.
In a world defined by perpetual change, leadership’s true test is its ability to evolve and adapt. Flexibility and adaptability enable leaders to shift direction as needed. Innovation drives progress, allowing leaders to thrive in the midst of change. Lastly, empathy and support build trust and solidarity within teams. These qualities, while not mutually exclusive, complement each other. Embracing flexibility, innovation, empathy, and support empowers leaders to steer their teams toward success, even in the most uncertain waters. In doing so, leaders become beacons of resilience, guiding their teams to new horizons and ensuring a promising future for all.
This blog is based on the panel discussion from the Life On Mars Summit presented by Stronger Than My Excuses. In this discussion, a group of experts provided their perspectives on the theme of “A Culture of Leadership; Blast off to the Future of Inner Space”. Watch the full 20 minute panel discussion here.
Creative Disruption – Thinking Outside the Box Propels Business Innovation
It is now essential for businesses to embrace creative disruption to better innovate and propel them forward in a competitive environment.
In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, innovation has become a vital driver of success. Amidst fierce competition and changing customer demands, businesses must go beyond traditional methods and embrace creative disruption to stay relevant. Thinking outside the box has emerged as a key catalyst for business innovation, empowering organisations to challenge norms, unlock new opportunities, and pave the way for ground-breaking solutions.
Redefining Norms and Challenging Conventional Wisdom
“When I say innovate, it doesn’t have to be expensive R&D grants or spending money on this, but start doing stuff differently.” – Zoren Sarabaca, CEO of Xcllusive Business Sales.
Creative disruption starts with questioning established norms and challenging conventional wisdom. Successful businesses understand that blindly following industry trends or adhering to traditional practices can lead to stagnation. By thinking outside the box, companies can identify opportunities to break away from the pack and create their own unique path.
Embracing Change and Nurturing a Culture of Innovation
“I really believe that the way to succeed is to be really creative, and authentically creative.” – Joanne Martin, Golden Earth Publishing.
To foster creative disruption, businesses must cultivate a culture that encourages and embraces change. By empowering employees to think innovatively, organisations can tap into a wealth of untapped potential. This entails creating an environment that supports experimentation, tolerates failure, and rewards unconventional ideas.
Identifying Unmet Needs and Unlocking New Opportunities
“I look for founders who are unique, unlike their competitors or their peers, people that really challenge the way they think and look for unique points of differences, unique selling propositions.” – Steve Hantos – Angel Investor, Tech CEO and start-up advisor.
Thinking outside the box enables businesses to identify unmet needs and unlock new opportunities in the market. By approaching problems from unconventional angles, organisations can develop innovative solutions that cater to evolving customer demands.
Creative disruption serves as a catalyst for business innovation in today’s fast-paced and competitive environment. By challenging norms, nurturing a culture of innovation, and identifying unmet needs, businesses can open new possibilities and propel themselves ahead of the curve. As we move forward, embracing a mindset that encourages thinking outside the box will become increasingly vital for organisations seeking to thrive and succeed. By daring to disrupt, businesses can forge a path toward ground-breaking solutions, customer satisfaction, and long-term success.
This blog is based on the Fifth panel discussion that took place at the Stronger Than My Excuses event – “IMAGINE: Challenging the Status Quo.” In this discussion, a group of experts provided their perspectives on the theme of “IMAGINE: The Next Level for Your Business – Thinking Outside the Box”. Watch the full panel discussion here!
For most of us, we spend more than one third of our lives at work, and with such a significant portion of our time dedicated to our jobs, it’s essential to prioritise our mental health in the workplace.
Mental health is a crucial element of our overall well-being and affects every aspect of our lives, including our work performance. In modern workplaces, stress and mental health challenges have become more prevalent due to increasing demands. These challenges can have a significant impact, resulting in increased absenteeism, reduced productivity, and a negative work culture.
When employees experience mental health issues like depression, anxiety, or burnout, it can be tough for them to show up for work physically and mentally. They might feel overwhelmed by the demands of their job, leading to more time off work, aka absenteeism. This not only affects them but also their co-workers and the whole team, creating extra work and lowering productivity. Plus, the costs of absenteeism can add up, including the direct costs of sick leave, overtime, and temporary replacements, and the indirect costs of lower productivity and staff turnover. If people are absent from work often because of poor mental health, it can also hurt their career, potentially missing out on chances for career growth, promotions, and better pay. This can leave employees feeling stuck and unhappy at work. Employers prioritising mental health within the workplace can help reduce absenteeism, thus boosting productivity, and reducing costs.
Following from Absenteeism, improving mental health policies in the workplace can have a huge impact on productivity by helping employees be in a better mental state. When employees are feeling good mentally, they can handle the demands of their job with more focus and enthusiasm, leading to better work quality, higher efficiency, and output. Plus, investing in mental health resources can reduce absenteeism and turnover, creating a positive work culture that benefits everyone involved in the organization.
Positive workplace culture
“For me, when you hear that word, mental health in the workplace, the word that comes to mind is safe. It’s just a feeling of ease and safe. “ – Sue Liptrott, Executive Officer, Iris Foundation Australia Ltd
Improving mental health support at work can impact workplace culture significantly. When employees feel supported and valued, they are more engaged and motivated, leading to a positive environment. Prioritising mental health promotes a culture of openness and acceptance, where employees can discuss their concerns without fear of stigma. This fosters a sense of belonging and connection among employees, leading to a more supportive work culture. Moreover, employees who feel supported are more loyal and take pride in their work, resulting in decreased turnover and increased productivity. Investing in mental health support has a profound impact on workplace culture, leading to a more fulfilling and positive environment for everyone.
Overall, taking care of employees’ mental health is essential for a thriving workplace and a successful organisation. By providing improved mental health support, organisations can reduce absenteeism and turnover, boost productivity, and foster a more positive work culture. By implementing policies and resources that prioritise mental health, organisations can create a safe space where employees feel supported, valued, and comfortable discussing their mental health issues without any fear of stigma or discrimination. Ultimately, investing in mental health support is a win-win situation that benefits both employees and the organisation as a whole. Therefore, it’s critical for workplaces to acknowledge the significance of mental health and take proactive measures to improve support for their employees.
The contents of this blog post are drawn from the second panel discussion held at the Stronger Than My Excuses event – “IMAGINE: Challenging the Status Quo.” The panel was composed of a group of experts who shared their insights on the topic of “IMAGINE: Harmony and Good Mental Health at Work – It’s Called Happiness.” Watch the full panel discussion here.
Who is responsible for good mental health at work? View our other blog on this topic here
When you want a collaborative advantage, the mindset shift from competition to collaboration is one that sounds backwards, but can actually be a huge benefit to all types of businesses.
In a world where everyone seems to be constantly competing against each other, the idea of collaboration might sound like a breath of fresh air. But, collaboration is not just a buzzword; it’s a game-changer. In fact, it’s becoming clear that there’s a huge advantage in working together to build resilient businesses and communities. We’re living in an era where everyone is interconnected, and it’s time we realise that cooperating can unlock a treasure trove of benefits. From sparking innovation to pooling resources, and solving complex challenges, collaboration can be the secret sauce to success.
Serving the customer
“When you collaborate, it’s about putting the customer first and satisfying the customer’s needs and wants.” – Peter Hollingsworth, The Business Centre
The driver of most businesses is the desire to serve customers and keep them at the centre of all that they do. The collaborative advantage is what empowers businesses to serve customers even better by offering a wider range of products and services through partnerships with complementing businesses. Through collaborative efforts, businesses can tap into new markets, amplify their message, and build stronger customer relationships, fostering loyalty and driving long-term growth.
Collaboration creates the prime environment for innovation to thrive. It’s like a big melting pot of inspiration, pushing us to think beyond the ordinary and explore uncharted territories. Whether it’s a spontaneous brainstorming session, cross-industry collaborations, or teaming up with academics, the magic lies in the diversity of voices and ideas. It’s incredible how collaboration can spark those “aha!” moments that lead to groundbreaking solutions and mind-blowing products.
“How often do you find yourself in a situation where…someone who doesn’t really understand what you do refers a client to you. And it’s not exactly what you do, but it’s close… If you’ve got collaborative arrangements in place, chances are, you can say yes, and confidently produce a wonderful product for that client. ” – Marc Charette, Central Coast Media Group
Another great aspect of business collaboration is sharing resources and costs – No more reinventing the wheel or going broke trying to do it all solo! When businesses team up, they gain access to a whole range of resources—fancy equipment, cutting-edge technology, and specialised expertise. Collaboration means that businesses can achieve a level of impact that would’ve been impossible on their own.
Collaboration has a remarkable superpower—it enables us to take on complex problems that would otherwise seem insurmountable. When businesses unite, they bring a diverse range of skills, perspectives, and resources to the table, assembling a dream team of problem solvers, each armed with their own unique set of tools. Collaboration empowers us to think beyond the limitations of individual capacities and explore innovative approaches to address a range of issues. From environmental sustainability to social inequality, from healthcare disparities to economic revitalisation, collective action through collaboration is the key to making a real impact.
In a world focused on competition, businesses should consider the power of the collaborative advantage. Collaboration fosters improved customer relationships and innovation, leverages resources, and helps tackle big challenges. It’s about recognising that together, we are stronger and more resilient. Collaboration is the key to thriving in an interconnected world where success relies on partnerships and shared goals. Organisations that embrace collaboration can expect to watch as businesses and communities flourish beyond expectations.
This blog is based on the Third panel discussion that took place at the recent Stronger Than My Excuses event – “IMAGINE: Challenging the Status Quo.” In this discussion, a group of experts provided their perspectives on the theme of “IMAGINE: Collaborating, not Competing: Building Resilient Businesses and Communities” Watch the full panel discussion here!