Our central nervous system plays a critical role in sending important information from the body to the brain. The brain, in turn, sends information back to the body to take the appropriate action. This feedback loop between body and brain is critical to an organism’s survival. Similarly, organizations need important information to flow between employees and leadership. This feedback is also critical to the organization’s survival. However, this is largely broken in many mid to large sized organizations. Read more
Posts Categorized: Vertical Collaboration
Over the last few years, many old-school views of corporate communication and hierarchy have been overturned and continue to be scrutinized. Read more
Every company wants its people to work together towards the company’s goals. In an earlier post, we suggested that it’s very difficult to create high performance teams by dissecting attributes of great teams because teams and organizations are complex systems. The solution is to not just try to recreate the characteristics of high performing teams, but also to look at the big picture and leverage something called systems thinking. One of these big picture things is that our concept of working together is part of the problem. We tend to think of collaboration as a horizontal phenomenon. While this is true, it is incomplete. What is missing is the concept of working together vertically throughout the company, which requires a new way of thinking. But before we dive into collaboration, let’s take a step back and talk about teamwork. Read more
Being part of a high-performing team is an amazing experience. Many incredibly smart people have dissected the best teams to understand what are the key attributes that lead to superlative performances. Yet, despite knowing so much, it’s still frustratingly hard to recreate the magic that just makes some teams click. Why is it so hard to create high-performing teams? Part of the problem lies in the fact that we try to dissect team performance. It helps if you also approach high-performance teams by taking a look at the whole, thinking bigger picture and applying what’s called systems thinking. Read more
The past decade has brought a wave of collaborative solutions to organizations worldwide. Open office concepts with fewer barriers and enclosed areas are embraced and encouraged. Progressive meeting styles, such as standing cross-functional meetings, have become the ideal. Social software like SalesForce, Chatter, Yammer, and Slack are taking over workplaces.
Managing large projects is tough. Some of the hurdles are external (think: shift in customer expectations, new regulations, tight capital markets, etc.). However, many of them are self-imposed by the organization itself. One of the biggest is failing to clearly outline accountability in major projects.
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