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The awesome folks at bNet.com, the go-to-place for management advice, recently introduced the power of whiteboarding as a simple strategy tool.

If you are like me, you have had your share and more of PowerPoint presentations. I was at a recent six-day seminar and probably saw at least 15; and I was involved in creating five!

Whiteboarding is a great alternative to the mind-numbing passivity of PowerPoint. It allows you to set the stage (“who are we”), frame the debate (“what do we want to do”), and develop a shared solution (“how are we gonna get there”). All done in a visual, and engaging way.

The following podcast (3:29 sec) by Matthew Barzun, founder of BrickPath, provides tips and tools on using a whiteboard to conduct a great meeting and reach a powerful solution.

Click here: Watch the Witeboard Video: Whiteboarding 101

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Many people collaborate on projects via e-mail. But e-mail threads can be cumbersome, attached documents can get lost, and who has the latest version anyway? Wikis solve all that by allowing everyone who has access to a page to read and change it. Check out this 3-minute video explanation provided by BNet here.

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A pivotal study by the Independent Sector of key national leaders identified the following factors in successful multi-sector collaborations.

  • A common goal;
  • A convener;
  • A structure to organize and manage the core talents of each participant;
  • Awareness of the geological dimensions: national, state, and local instructions working on global, regional, or neighborhood problems;
  • Effective managing agent;
  • Periodic assessment for establishing accountability and generating information;
  • Trust and confidence.

Read the report here.

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As an Independent Sector report points out, collaboration between businesses, nonprofits, and government will be successful when:

  1. Trust exists among partners and everyone is working for a common cause.
  2. There is a shared vision and a clear aim for a joint working arrangement.
  3. There is a commitment among partners to make a difference.
  4. All partners integrate expertise, ideas and information into operations.
  5. There is open and honest communication.
  6. Individual partners leverage their strengths for the benefit of all organizations in the partnership.

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