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Can We Talk?Ken Blanchard knows a thing or two about collaboration.  After all, he’s written successful business books with over 60 different coauthors.  In a new article for Chief Learning Officer, Ken shares five keys for successful collaboration from his latest book, Collaboration Begins with You, which is being released on October 12.  Together with coauthors Eunice Parisi-Carew and Jane Ripley, Ken explains that successful collaboration requires five commitments on the part of potential team members.  How would you score yourself on each of these five commitments?

Utilize differences. Many people think if a group working together allows differing viewpoints, it might create disagreement and that would be a bad thing. However, conflict in collaborative groups is good, as long as it focuses on the issues and doesn’t get personal. Do you actively seek different points of view, encourage debate and feel comfortable moderating conflict?

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