Working For vs. Working With

Does it bug you when you hear people say, “I work for xxxx…” or “xxxx works for me.”  It does me! Shouldn’t it always be “I work with xxxx!” Here’s my take on “for” vs. “with”: We work for an idea or a principle – such as to achieve a cure for arthritis or cancer, for example, or a […]

The Rise of the Dinobots

For now, the human element is an essential part of negotiating collaborative and shared-value contract relationships.

Are You Dealing with Godzilla?

I wanted to share a few thoughts – or afterthoughts – after my previous blog that revisited the Gorilla and the Elephant. As I noted, many organizations can relate to and “see” gorillas and elephants in the midst of their own deals. Someone responded on this idea of gorillas and elephants, saying it was a […]

The Gorilla vs The Elephant (revisited)

Vested is all about avoiding the toxic conditions created by the 800-pound gorilla. A Vested approach thinks beyond the short-term bottom line, beyond immediate gratification at the expense of those you’re working with.

The Red Queen and Coevolution

“Now here, you see, it takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place.”

What Do You Have to Hide?

People who have nothing to hide, hide nothing. Click To Tweet The thought might be a bit uncomfortable around tax time, or if you’re Donald Trump – but it’s also true on a very basic level. If you have nothing to hide, why do you do it? Image: Hiding by Dave Bowen via Flickr CC

Get in Gear for your Everests

April marks the beginning of the season for climbers to tackle the biggest of all climbs – a Mt. Everest expedition. The Himalayan Times reported the first batch of climbers for the 2017 climb starting on March 27th. It is predicted that more than 500 foreign climbers are expected to attempt to scale the world’s highest peak […]