Collaboration Will Produce a Win!

By Martin Buckland - Executive Career Management Professional

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Careers are not simply about winning or losing but a key factor to a successful executive career is collaboration and without it, you will lose! A one man show, a lack of accountability, failure to disclose or participate; all have been clearly declared unacceptable practice for a leader in the political arena and all are equally unacceptable in a senior executive position.

Choosing to pursue an executive career may position you as a leader but maintaining that position requires a certain skill set not everyone possesses. An independent thinker is an important skill but collaborating with others and being inclusive in your decision making will ensure the decision, when put to the vote, will result in a win!

Confidence and control will command respect in your executive role but we are all human and sharing that part of you will not make you weak in the eyes of your peers. Perhaps you are a Dad or a Mom, a baseball fan or enjoy running. Sharing personal commonalities can serve to build better relationships, become a more efficient reader of people and further motivate teams to accomplish any task or project in a healthy collaborative manner.

CEO, COO, CFO; the executive position held will always be scrutinized whether it is by the President, colleagues or outside competition vying for your position. No one in any position today or in the future should become too secure in that position and we have seen many senior executives in career transition simply because they did not recognize the need for collaboration. Succeeding on your own is not without merit but achieving success through others will strongly influence the length of an executive tenure. If you find yourself spending more time working with outplacement services than with your employer’s corporate executive team, serious consideration must be given to why you are being voted out!

Initiating an executive job search ( also requires collaboration; “a joint effort of multiple individuals or work groups to accomplish a task or project”. Securing the right executive position requires asking your network for help ( Collaborate with your professional network, executive career professionals, colleagues and personal contacts to create teams of individuals willing to accept a supporting role in achieving your next job offer. The collaborative effort you put forth in securing your next position will be indicative of your leadership abilities and success. Confidence, industry expertise and decision making are key factors in an executive leadership role but it will be through collaboration; a joint intellectual effort that you will truly excel in your executive role!

A leader is often seen as confident or arrogant and it is a fine line to manage, one which will have an influence on winning or losing. The act of collaboration will erase the negative by earning the support of others in decisions which will result in the success of tasks and goals and that’s a win!

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Martin Buckland, President of Elite Resumes, is a leading resume writer, career coach and job search strategist with a global clientele. Martin currently holds the following certifications: Certified Professional Branding Strategist, Certified Professional Resume Writer, Certified Employment Interview Professional, Job and Career Transition Coach, Certified Job Search Trainer and Co-Pilot Executive Coach. Visit my website at


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