A Systematic Guide to Collaboration and Competition within Organizations

I am delighted to announce my new book "A Systematic Guide to Collaboration and Competition within Organizations" which is currently available at a special launch price of £5 for the paperback and £0.99 for the kindle version.


We expect our organizational leaders and managers to be competent in collaboration and competition. However, truly exceptional leaders are masters of collaboration and competition at the same time, within the same projects and even within the same teams.

These Interplay Leaders understand the subtle yet continuous interplay of collaboration and competition necessary for a project's success.

The central argument of the book is that the current unspoken assumption in organizational leadership and management, that all projects are either collaborative or competitive but never both, is fatally flawed and produces, at best, sub-optimal results and at worst total failures.

I propose a new understanding of how the two activities, collaboration and competition, fundamentally Interplay and suggest two new hybrid dynamics "Edgy Collaboration" and "Eco Competition" which organizational teams can recognise and employ for better results

I then identify 7 Personal leadership Skillsets for each of the two new dynamics and suggest 9 underpinning practical disciplines for mastering Collaborate/Compete "Interplay".


Ken's work is always thorough, compelling and intelligent. I urge you to read this book.
NIGEL PAINE, Author, Broadcaster and Coach.

This is a highly engaging read from beginning to end, with practical implications which can be put into immediate effect.
SARAH E. TOMS, IT Technical Director, Wharton's Learning Lab.

This is essentially a practical guide and a perfect companion to several of Ken's Business Simulations. It would prove helpful to novices as well as expert practitioners, as it creates a powerful scaffolding to hang whatever little or extensive knowledge the reader may already have.
DR. JUAN PEREZ-CAMACHO, Faculty Emeritus at Intel Corporation and Programme Designer Irish Management Institute.

This is an indispensable book with actionable advice and game-playing exercises for anyone looking to maximize team performance and achieve breakthrough innovation.
JERRY MANAS, Author of Napoleon on Project Management and The Resource Management and Capacity Planning Handbook


About Ken Thompson

Ken Thompson is an expert practitioner, author and speaker on collaboration and game-based learning.

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