…Then You Win

“First, they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” The quote is attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, and I wanted to share it because I believe it is relevant to the Vested business model, and the way negotiations should go in a non-violent/nonconfrontational environment. The “ignore” part is the […]

Forbes — 8 August 2017

Shake Up Your Talent Acquisition — Kill The Rate Card To Improve ROI Latest Forbes column by Kate Vitasek published on 8 July 2017. Nearly one-third of the world’s workforce is comprised of “external” or “independent” talent defined as workers that do not have traditional “employee” roles with an organization. As organizations shift from “hiring” employees to “buying” […]

Outsource Magazine — June 2017

Haapio and Barton: Business-Friendly Contracting Column by Kate Vitasek published on 22 June 2017 in Outsource Magazine Professors Helena Haapio and Thomas D. Barton are on a mission to educate organizations on how to create “business friendly” contracts – without giving up safety or security… Here is the link: http://outsourcemag.com/haapio-and-barton-business-friendly-contracting/

Susan Solovic podcast — 24 July 2017

Let Go of Old Business Models with Kate Vitasek Susan Solovic podcast with Kate Vitasek released on 24 July 2017. Kate shares the results of her research and her five-step plan to jump-start your business innovation. Her collaborative and innovative approach to business is a breath of fresh air, and just what you might need […]

Collaboration and Co-Creation

Collaboration is all the rage. As it should be. But far too many people and organizations can get demoralized when collaboration attempts seem forced or collaboration attempts produce less results than the hyped expectations. Why is this? I believe it is because far too many companies don’t get to real collaboration where co-creation is happening. […]

Corporate Real Estate Journal — June 2017

Vested Outsourcing in Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Management Article by Ingrid Fenn, Co-founder of SIREAS, and Kate Vitasek, faculty member for Graduate and Executive Education at the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business Administration, published 29 June 2017 in Corporate Real Estate Journal. Here is the link: http://www.sireas.com/2017/06/29/vested-outsourcing-corporate-real-estate-facilities-management/

Learning is Hard; Un-learning is Harder!

We are all familiar with the old saying that once you learn how to ride a bike, you never forget it. And that’s good because there is basically one way to ride a bike, right? Well not necessarily – what if you were challenged to ride a bike that was geared so that the steering […]

Watching the Bee-Watcher

Vested Rule #5 tells us that our contract or business framework should embrace an Insight vs Oversight Governance Structure. Unfortunately, many organization believe that to be in control, they need to be controlling. The result? Micromanagement of your employees and suppliers! Micromanagement stems from a lack of trust and poor governance structures. If you trust […]

ISM Magazine — June 2017

The Evolution of the Vested Business Model Article by Kate Vitasek in the 12 June 2017 edition of ISM Magazine Here are the links to applicable pages: http://www.ismmagazine-digital.com/ismmagazine/june_july_2017?pg=1#pg1 http://www.ismmagazine-digital.com/ismmagazine/june_july_2017?pg=34#pg34 http://www.ismmagazine-digital.com/ismmagazine/june_july_2017?pg=36#pg36

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 […]