This week in The Shaker - the argument for collaboration

team working around a table
Lisa Portolan
Sun 20 Oct

I’ve spent the majority of my career in media and communications, industries which are highly competitive. Collaboration is rarely encouraged, and business can be cut-throat. You’re always pitching against each-other, and everything about your work becomes virtually a state-secret. After all, you may have the secret ingredient and you don’t want anyone else stirring up the perfect recipe before you do. That said, I’ve also worked in Government and dipped in and out of Accademia, and at times both of those industries can struggle with collaboration. In fact, I don’t know an industry that doesn’t. 

Maybe, it’s something about human nature and collaboration more broadly. Something deeply ingrained relating to ownership and possession, which makes it difficult to share. You only really need to witness a group of toddlers trying to negotiate to understand how deep concepts of tenure flow. 

The ultimate irony is that collaboration can actually bring so many positive benefits: from financial, to human capital, to physical and intellectual capital. The ability to share facilities, resources, equipment, team, research, skills, and ideas can have innumerable effects. 

It can inspire and also generate some of the biggest and boldest ideas. In fact cross-collaboration between industries can sometimes yield the strongest of results. 

I truly believe in collaboration, and this week we’re talking about the benefits of cross-pollination within industry and business. We have a jam-packed week. We’re hearing from a number of contributors on a variety of different topics, including the CSIRO (IC Global) on the difference between collaboration and collegiate collaboration. The IC Global platform is an extraordinary one, which aggregates academics details and research descriptions from all over Australia. Making it easier for business to identify relevant research partners, and potential collaboration platforms, as well as academics, Government and other industry. 

Alongside this, we will be airing our first podcast! While we’ve been predominately a written based publication, we’re committed to widening our horizons to new and emerging channels. Podcasts have most definitely hit their stride in 2019 (in fact more than their stride, they’re taking the lead), people across the world are listening to podcasts and audio books in greater and greater numbers. 

Our first podcast is with Robert Way, exec at Chalfont consulting – we discuss everything from imposter syndrome, listening in business, mentoring, the Stoics, and how to bring old ways of working and integrating them into new models. It’s well worth the listen. Please tell us if you are keen to hear more – from here on in we will be running a podcast a week, so tell us who you would like to hear from. 

We’re also welcoming Stuart McClennan as a contributor. Stuart is a sports media expert, who downed tools a couple of years back to take a step-change to Greece. We’ll find out from Stuart how he was able to apply his sport journalism background to Athens, and how he found new ways of working and thinking abroad. Welcome Stuart!

It’s another spicy week at The Shaker, so don’t forget to tune into our content. 

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