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The conductor’s guide to orchestral management The sweetest harmonies are made when all musicians can be heard, finds Kirsten Levermore Isolation is not a successful business practice – just ask the gang at Nokia. In an ever-connected world with speedy innovation a necessity, those who can collaborate are at the top. Grounded in psychoanalysis and scientific study, business collaboration expert Martin Echavarria’s Enabling Collaboration equips readers to establish and enhance successful collaboration by becoming ‘Partnership Coaches’. In a particularly clever analogy, Enabling Collaboration envisions groups as orchestras, with individuals represented as different instruments, all coming together to make the group and their sound unique. In this way, individuals are accounted for, but are not nearly as important as the group in its entirety, i.e. the French horn may be tooting loudly in the back of the room, but how is this affecting the rest of the orchestra and its sound? Using the toolkit Operative Partnership Methodology, managers can accommodate quiet tin-whistles and loud French horns by developing a collaborative leadership strategy – just as the orchestra’s sound changes according to behaviour, approach and expertise.

Enabling Collaboration envisions groups as orchestras, with individuals represented as different instruments

Thus, through the Operative Partnership Methodology, the group’s sound is shaped and developed until a symphony emerges – until collaboration is coherent. Progress is measured using psychological scales, and is placed against Echavarria’s carefully structured development timeline, ‘5-Territories of Alliance

Development’, each ‘territory’ of which is carefully established for the reader. When collaboration is in its deepest form, and the group can maintain coherence for a long time, the group is in the ‘final territory’ and is successful. Highly detailed and steeped in science, Enabling Collaboration is packed full with clear suggestions, psychological observations and academic references, making it both a useful manual and fascinating guide to collaboration and group psychology. Best read in focused bursts, brandishing a highlighter as a conductor’s baton and with a notepad to map your thoughts. — Enabling Collaboration Martin Echavarria LID Publishing


Staff feedback need make you shudder no longer, writes Perry Timms Feedback, employee engagement surveys and performance appraisals have become words to strike fear into employees’ hearts. They bring headaches to managers. Motivii ( brings some pain relief. Where the value is really added is in data management, notifications and user activation (i.e. nudges to use the app). Everything else is down to the managers and their people to use as a self-reflective tool; a feedback-sharing tool and a chance to get a sense of how people are feeling. With this tool, it appears you may never dread end-of-

year performance reviews or engagement survey time ever again – the app is based on real-time, regular capture of information while it is still relevant and fresh in people’s minds. Monday reminders, meeting mode, a dashboard, team analytics and data are available to all – not just managers, which makes this less of a management tool and more of a connecting, sharing and adapting app. Motivii aggregates all the data, shares it with those who are in team-leading positions or divisional leadership roles and, in the case of remote teams, keeps

everyone up to speed on how everyone else is feeling and doing. — Motivii is in iOS and Play Store as an app, but also as a web-app enterprise solution – this is a subscription model for companies based on a monthly fee per employee, with a free 14-day trial — Perry Timms is an independent HR/ OD practitioner, speaker, writer and CIPD adviser on social media and engagement Tweet him @PerryTimms Q3 2017 Dialogue

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