Travelling back to my childhood, I thought that ‘pole position’ existed on a public motorway. Our family car could achieve first place by driving faster, undertaking and other clever individual tricks.

Being the best supermarket trolley driver is a whole new level but let’s not go into that.

Without using this ‘pole position’ example to draw parallels with impressions of a successful life, productivity is also measured across a spectrum including variables such as time, talent and energy.

Hours put into a job, individual capabilities and level of engagement are all important factors but purposefully allocating time to think is regularly undervalued.

Organisations value diversity for exactly that commercial reason to acquire new thoughts, perspectives and experiences.

The ‘first 100 days’ impact assessment can lead to a recruit quickly joining the same treadmill.

It is paramount therefore to pause to avoid the risk of collectively re-inventing the wheel.

A workforce needs to take time to lift its head up to identify opportunities for co-opetition, effectively leverage specialist skill sets and accelerate commercial growth.

The following strategic partnerships illustrate that co-operation between (competing) organisations leads to a significant value proposition:

  • Private sector working with government agencies to grow the space economy
  • Pharmaceutical companies create a specialist HIV company
  • Industry advocacy groups influencing government policy

Technologies must complement working life to enable a workforce to switch its mindset from ‘running to stand still’ to make time to explore, experiment and acquire new knowledge.

China recently proposed ‘The Silk Road’ initiative which is the largest ever infrastructure development on this planet.

The Belt & Road strategy is expected to bridge the infrastructure gap across 60+ countries to improve connectivity, increase co-operation and stimulate economic growth within the EurAsian region.

This ambitious idea is not a project but a great example of transformation.

It presents a new direction, a journey without a pre-defined outcome to ultimately transform continents.

An impactful idea is frequently not unique, collective action can make things happen.

To generate a similar effect, organisations should focus on introducing power hours with no interruptions, days with no email, genuine open office sessions and allow time to simply walk about.

Significant change does not usually occur without trauma.

Let’s think, get involved and make an impact.

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