Collaboration is an important factor for successful innovation and change. Indeed, collaboration is an imperative for most organizations today, including any organization undergoing change. Innovation requires collaboration between individuals, as well as systemic forms of collaboration that span silos, networks and surprising connections. And yet collaboration cannot be mandated. Collaboration just doesn’t work like that.
Forbes Nine HR Policies That Drive Good People Away Forbes There is a particular, awful feeling you get working in a company that is sinking. You can tell the minute you walk in the door that the energy is off.
It can be exhausting to feel that you are dragging your people behind you as if they were dead weight. Their lack of enthusiasm or the fact that they are unwilling to make a sincere effort to move in the direction you’ve identified as important may be a danger sign you need to address.
It is no fun to catch yourself nagging your people to do what you need them to in order for team expectations to be met. Leadership should be a process of encouraging and supporting your people and supporting their growth and efforts.
Entrepreneur 10 Awesome Ways to Inspire Others Entrepreneur To realize the utmost potential and minimize wasted effort, identify exactly what you're going after and make sure your people do, too. Redundancies arise when communication falters.
Trust is the operating system of every organization and every relationship.
Think about that metaphor.
If the operating system on your computer is flaky, nothing seems to work right. Even if you have the best software programs, an unreliable operating system will cause you constant grief.
The same goes for the trust levels in organizations and relationships. Where trust is fragile, people are always looking over their shoulders. They’re reluctant to share information, collaborate, or accept accountability for results. In low-trust environments, everything seems to slow down. Nobody seems willing to do much of anything without a lot of hoop-jumping and multiple approvals.
Trust is often talked about as the bedrock of a company’s success. Most people think about the issue in terms of customers: They have to believe in you and your products and services. But trust within the organization is just as important: Your employees must believe in each other. When they don’t, communication, teamwork and performance inevitably suffer. After New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger fired the newspaper’s editor, Jill Abramson, in May, he explained that he’d repeatedly warned her that she was losing the trust of the newsroom. But how do you build trust in the workplace?