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Collaboration – What’s the fuss?

Let’s start by looking at what collaboration actually means, where does the word come from? So glad you asked. Collaboration comes actually from a conglomerate of a French word and a late latin word. Tracing collaboration back to its origins, we arrive at collabōrō, which means to work together. Turns out this working together was already important during ancient roman times. But at the same time it’s one of those empty phrases you might find in...

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The proverbial learning point

Have you ever worked on a project where things just went horribly wrong, what is the one thing that will happen in these situations? More than certainly one person will utter something along the lines of ‘let’s take it as a learning point’. Sounds like exactly the thing you learn to say in a long history of corporate theater. But what does it actually mean? How do you take something as a learning point, who...

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Why should we even bother about documenting decisions?

Last week we took a look at why it’s difficult to document decisions. But why should we actually care? What’s done is done isn’t it? Well partially. If we would live in a world where things are decided once and then execute themselves by themselves that would be the case but in reality it’s a little different. Let’s start by looking at how decisions are documented. Traditionally we make decisions somewhere between emails and meetings and if...

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The challenge to document and track decisions

How much of your time at work do you spend waiting on decisions, how often did you not know anymore what was decided in which context by whom? Happens, right? It’s typical for our modern work day. A day in which we use a myriad of technological advances and still face the digital disconnectivity more than ever. The reason for this is that a lot of our work is about deciding and executing decisions but...

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If you treasure it measure it!

Who of our readers plays tennis? Well probably not that much anymore since tennis is a sport of the 80s. But at the same time some of us Fingertippers (*cough, our founder, *cough) are children of the 80s and like to play this wonderful racket sport in their free time. You probably wonder what decisions and tennis have in common or if you have arrived at the wrong website. But fear not, this is still Fingertip...

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Technology bullies or friends?

Last week we focused on decisions and decided to write an entire blogpost about a decision. The blogpost ended stating that technology companies should find ways to innovate technologies that bring a process and structure to organizational decision making. But then what? New technologies, however well built, face major adoption challenges in companies. The most apparent reason for adoption challenges among people and end users is that the technologies nowadays are aiming to digitalize work. And...

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What we talk about when we talk about decisions

A wise man once wrote ‘What’s in a name? that which we call a decision. By any other name would stay as sweet…’. Decisions is the backbone to modern work. In fact improving the process with which organizations make decisions bears the highest growth potential. Decision making is important, so much that the Harvard Business Review dedicated their entire Winter 2015 issue to decision making. The magazine focuses on decision making from a leader perspective...

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Racing to get stuff done

Have you ever received an email that was addressed to two or more people, and by addressed we mean the to field, not carbon copy or cc as it is more known. Most typically that email came from someone who wanted something to be done. Let’s roll some bones and take a wild guess, when you received that email that went to you and say 3 other colleagues, who of you felt the instant need...

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