It might seem rather surprising that ‘collaboration’ is the theme for this issue of Observe.

It’s hardly a new thing. Shouldn’t collaboration be at the heart of everything we do? In work, at home and in our daily lives, positive collaboration can be the difference between success or failure and between conflict or resolution. Yet, we still seem adept as a species at doing the things that go against the grain of collaboration. Why?

This issue of Observe takes a sweeping look at a wide array of collaboration-related topics and we hope offers some constructive and innovative ways in which collaboration can – and is – being integrated into different business arenas.

For example, we look at how industry and the academic world have joined forces, the fascinating ‘psychology’ of collaboration, famous – and infamous – business alliances, how arts and cultural organisations are forging new partnerships, and even the thorny subject of collaboration overload. And, for the first time, we look inside Odgers Berndtson to give readers an insight into why collaboration is at the heart of everything we do.

Comments from some of the Odgers Berndtson leaders around the world demonstrate the lengths we are prepared to go to in order to ensure clients, candidates and our own people all feel part of a holistic entity wherein collaboration plays a fundamental role.

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Leon Ayo

Leon Ayo is the Chief Executive Officer of Odgers Berndtson, Sub-Saharan Africa. He has consulted and led teams across four continents. He lectures & advises on Leadership, High-Performance Culture...

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