Collaboration: The Role of the Leader

When embarking upon an initiative to increase – and reap the benefits of – collaboration, there are several steps for leaders to take as they begin the journey: * Determine why collaboration is desired * Define what collaboration will look like in the organization * Review the current state of the organizational culture to determine readiness * Ensure people are ready, willing Read More …

Collaboration: Motivation and Ability

Organizations that purposely embark upon initiatives to increase collaboration do so because they’ve successfully identified the reasons why the time and effort will be of benefit. The best approach occurs when there is a deliberate plan in which leaders assess when collaboration is appropriate, define desired outcomes, and commit to understanding and removing the barriers that may currently exist in Read More …

Collaboration: Why Culture Matters

When embarking upon a journey to increase or enhance collaboration in the workplace it’s necessary to assess the readiness of one’s organization.  This involves exploring what is really going on; what are the true values, beliefs, traditions, norms and behaviors? While there are many areas to explore and understand (if you are in Human Resources you should have a good Read More …

Collaboration: The Why, What and How

When embarking upon an organizational plan to promote a culture of collaboration it’s critical to ask (and answer) three questions: Why do we want collaboration? What will collaboration look like in our organization? How do we ensure our people are ready, willing and able to collaborate? To harness the power of collaboration, and make it more than just a buzzword Read More …

A Culture of Collaboration

Organizations choose to embrace and promote collaboration for a number of reasons.  While specific reasons will be unique to an entity and/or its industry, efforts are generally focused on improving performance, increasing innovation, and enhancing services to clients, customers and the public.  The best approach occurs when there is a deliberate plan in which leaders assess when collaboration is appropriate, Read More …