Collaboration is critical for progressive organizations to succeed – so says HBR
On the cover of this month’s Harvard Business Review highlights the importance of collaboration at progressive companies. Collaboration has received a lot of press, now a centerpiece and on the cover of one of the top management and leadership publications in the world. So it must be important. I agree with HBR and the other articles that discuss the merits of collaboration, social and informal learning in the marketplace. (If interested in a free chapter from the new book The New Social Learning, just click through).
One scenario described in the article Are you a Collaborative Leader in this month’s HBR discusses how salesforce.com got its entire workforce engaged in their internal (now external) product call Chatter.
We believe the ability to collaborate across all levels of the organization, as well as various time zones is critical for an organization of any size to compete effectively in the today’s economy.
Why? First of all, the competitive universe is much larger now than ever before. For many organizations, it is truly a global marketplace, in terms of ideas, talent, customers and competition. The customer expectations and demands are higher. A company’s footprint may be larger and virtual as you attract the best talent, wherever they may live. And today’s macro economy leaves much to be desired.
With this as the competitive backdrop, how do you ensure your team – no matter how large your company, division or association happens to be – is up to snuff to compete in what is arguably the most challenging business environment in decades?
To start, the leadership of the organization must model this behavior. But how? I recommend the free article, the HBR and other similar articles. You will also want to support and encourage your human resource/training leader to get the tools to get this going within your organization.
The good news: these tools are now readily available and affordable for organizations of all sizes. Many employees are well versed in collaborating in their own life, through the advent of Facebook®, LinkedIn® and other similar tools.
However, you will want to use tools that are developed for organizations, not attempting a tool like Facebook.
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