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We provide thought leadership and practical insights to help you succeed. Read our points of view on topics like leadership, trust, teams, change, innovation, and collaboration — served up regularly.

 

Interaction Associates has been around since 1969, helping global companies achieve extraordinary business success. In our blog, you'll find a wide variety of helpful strategies and insights to help you succeed. Enjoy blog posts, articles, white papers, podcasts, and webinars about our areas of expertise: leadership, teams, innovation, trust, collaboration, and change.

Maybe Collaboration Doesn't Work?

by Beth O'Neill | July 29th, 2015

The idea that "collaboration doesn’t work" surfaces from time to time in and around the business press – including most recently in a piece for Working Knowledge, an online forum for business practices published by the Harvard Business School. Beth O'Neill comments on the study.

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Conscious Collaboration Begins with Every Individual Contributor

by Michael Reidy | July 22nd, 2015

Techniques of conscious collaboration may be applied successfully in every aspect of life. In this post, Michael Reidy explores his son’s experience in an orchestra, and examines the parallels to teamwork and strong results.

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Use An Improv Principle For Better Business Outcomes

by Patricia Milton | July 15th, 2015

Business is a lot like improv. For one thing, the script isn’t fixed; in fact, there is no script. Given that scenario, saying “yes, and” keeps you in the flow with others. Here's how to use the cardinal rule of improv.

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For Better Self-Awareness, Check Your Assumptions

by Betina Schonberger | June 29th, 2015

For many leaders, developing self-awareness is one of their toughest challenges. We all have blind spots, so the question is: How can we identify them and become more self-aware around them? Betina Schonberger explores how in this blog post.

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How to Fix a Bad Meeting – In Advance

by Stephen Monk | June 15th, 2015

Do you attend a lot of unfocused, meandering, or just plain dull meetings? You're not alone. To build a better meeting, try Stephen Monk's strategy.

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Men and Women Disagree About Gender Bias – And Few Are Talking About It

by Deborah Rocco | June 10th, 2015

Our 2015 survey indicates that men and women see workplace gender issues very differently, yet are reluctant to discuss gender bias in the workplace.

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Resolving Conflict in Self-Directed Work Teams: It’s On Us

by Beth Yates | June 3rd, 2015

Beth Yates reflects on the fact that Self-Directed Work Teams must facilitate their own conflict resolution, and outlines some strategies to help them do that.

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Employee Engagement for a Distributed Workforce

by Barry Rosen | May 28th, 2015

CEO Barry Rosen explores the unique challenges of engaging distributed workers. He offers some strategic ways to engage them in collaboration for better business results in Training Industry Magazine’s 2015 Perspectives on Leadership Special Edition.

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Cultivating a Collaborative Culture at Atmos Energy

by Beth O'Neill | May 27th, 2015

Atmos Energy attributes its financial success to its strong culture – success that includes 30 years of consecutive increases in annual cash dividends. In this blog post, Beth O'Neill looks at the results of creating a culture distinguished by an engaged workforce.

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A Digital String Around Your Finger

by Jay Cone | May 19th, 2015

Digital “wearables” influence our lifestyles and behavior. Jay Cone asks, "Can they also have an impact on our work lives?"

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