We provide thought leadership and practical insights to help you succeed. Read our points of view on how to make collaboration work for you — 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 area of expertise: leveraging the power of collaboration.

What Makes You Proud?

by Patty McManus

In this video, recorded at the 2015 HCI Employee Engagement Conference, Patty McManus asks a panel of talent management experts to speak about an initiative of which they are particularly proud.

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Collaboration without Affiliation

by Jay Cone

It’s tempting to characterize personal video sharing and  non-stop selfies" as proof that we’ve entered a new age -- of self-absorption. Maybe so – but Jay Cone trains a lens on a new class of technology – and one app in particular – that has positive opportunities for organizational development professionals.

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Maybe Collaboration Doesn't Work?

by Beth O'Neill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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