• Sep. 14 2016
  • Janice Scheckter

The White Standard and why collaboration is essential

I am a white South African who grew up in a middle-class home, but when compared to the average South African, a highly privileged home, where private education, followed by university and a paid-for apartment were all part of expectation. I have never wondered where my next meal would come from. I have never had an illness, which I had to ignore due to no medical access.

How to fall in love … with chaos

Chaos is collaboration’s best friend. Why is this? The less structured the environment, be it virtual or physical, the more open it is for ideas. Many great ideas have been born in chaotic environments, not least of all penicillin and artificial sweeteners.

  • Jul. 25 2016
  • Janice Scheckter

Can politicians collaborate?

As we find ourselves on the eve of what will probably be one of the most hotly contested local elections in South Africa since the birth of our democracy in 1994, I find myself wondering what we could attribute to the ‘average’ politician - conflict, collusion, corruption or collaboration?

  • Apr. 6 2016
  • Janice Scheckter

If ever there was a deadline for collaboration - this is it

I recently completed reading my friend Justice Malala’s book; We have now begun our descent. The book was actually gifted to my mother for her 90th birthday, and I would highly recommend that every concerned citizen who is determined that our future be brighter than our present, reads the book. I went through a range of emotions, mainly anger and some sadness, but without a doubt, Justice’s book makes the strongest case for collaboration.

 

  • Feb. 17 2016
  • Janice Scheckter

The real stats of business collaboration

Ninety-six percent of executives cite ineffective communication as the reason for workplace failures.  In addressing this, executives estimate that improved communication and collaboration through social technologies could raise productivity levels by as much as 20-25%.

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