Tuesday, July 12, 2016

What is collaboration?

I think collaboration is a misunderstood word. There are two definitions for the word. Here is the first:

1.  the action of working with someone to produce or create something.

The second definition is quite different:

2.  traitorous cooperation with an enemy.

How often do we avoid collaboration with a co-worker to do something great (definition #1) because we are concerned that we won’t get credit or don’t want someone else involved (definition #2)?

True collaboration has the goal of creating something great, period. To do that, we have to be vulnerable—to new ideas, to being proven wrong and to sharing the joy of that creation. The only “enemy” involved is us—our pride, selfishness or insecurity that stops us from doing it.

Barry LaBov
LABOV Marketing Communications and Training

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Measured fashion

It’s funny, when business is slow, it’s so tough to pick it up. It takes forever. Things just won’t progress in a measured way. You go for months with no progress. Then…

You have a great success and all of a sudden, you have to deal with a number of issues, because success didn’t come in a measured fashion, either.

Barry LaBov
LABOV Marketing Communications and Training

Tuesday, June 14, 2016


Being an ancient person, I will sometimes remember a great movie from the past and watch it—for a while. Inevitably, I can’t stand watching anymore because it’s slow—the pace in movies decades ago was glacial compared to today. I just don’t have the patience to endure the good in the movie because it will take too long.

I make that same mistake in other areas of my life, expecting things to move at a certain pace and if they don’t, it’s painful. I’ve learned that things will not move or resolve themselves at my pace—and that’s my problem. 

Barry LaBov
LABOV Marketing Communications and Training