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/

Forbes — June 2017 — Tennessee outsource initiative

The state of Tennessee has signed a facilities management contract to help the state provide the best service to citizens and employees at the lowest possible cost for taxpayers.

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 […]

Forbes — June 2017 — Foodservice SC initiative

Food Service Industry Collaboration Will Drive Supply Chain Transformation Article by Kate Vitasek published by Forbes on 5 June 2017. Here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/y8z8v3de

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 […]