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About First Class Collaboration

About First Class Collaboration | Collaboration | Scoop.it

You're welcome to connect via: 

 

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kennethmikkelsen


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Twitter: www.twitter.com/LeadershipABC

 

I hope you'll be inspired.

 

Enjoy!

 

Kenneth

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Adoption strategies for building a collaborative culture

Adoption strategies for building a collaborative culture | Collaboration | Scoop.it

You’ve been given the job of making things happen in your collaboration initiative – driving adoption and putting in place the practical strategies to ensure that the initiative is a success. So what next? Where should you be investing your time to maximise your chances of success in the shortest time possible?

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Best practice tips to help you shape and focus your adoption strategy – both from a practical, business change-oriented viewpoint, and also from a technology deployment-focused viewpoint – with real world examples drawn from case study research.

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Avoiding The Digital Dustbin: 4 Ways Collaborative Workspace Drives Innovation

Avoiding The Digital Dustbin: 4 Ways Collaborative Workspace Drives Innovation | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Collaborative workspace has become a crucial spur for innovative thinking and competitive agility. Research from Steelcase confirms 4 innovation drivers that can prevent your company from landing in the digital dustbin.

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Great blog post by Sarah Miller Caldicott. 


I recommend that you follow Sarah on Twitter here: @SarahCaldicott

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Collaborative Leadership

Collaborative Leadership | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Managing to Collaborate by Chris Huxham and Siv Vangen pulls out six themes that a reflective practitioner managing collaboration needs to be aware of that exist in any collaborative space.


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David Hain's curator insight, July 17, 2:19 AM

One man's journey towards collaborative leadership.  Useful contribution from Ron Milam.

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How to Avoid Collaboration Fatigue

How to Avoid Collaboration Fatigue | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Collaboration just feels right — like a big hug or a warm puppy.

But collaboration also has an overlooked dark side. 


Picture this: A complex issue is identified. A diverse, cross-functional team is assembled to solve it. Key stakeholders are gathered. Information is collected. Options are debated. Approval is sought. And then… nothing happens. So more information is gathered. More stakeholders are invited. More conference calls are logged. More debate ensues. More approval is sought. Round and round the project goes — when, where, and how somebody will decide, nobody knows.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Advise from article: Define the purpose and designate the final decision maker before a project starts.

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Stephen Dale's curator insight, July 15, 7:17 AM

In order to avoid multiple iterations for consultation and collaboration, be clear from the start on two critical points:

 

What is the project’s purpose? 

Who will make the decision?

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Structuring a New Collaborative Culture

Structuring a New Collaborative Culture | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Collaboration is crucial in creative ventures, yet building a culture that allows it to flourish can be tricky - particularly in traditional, hierarchically minded organizations. But with a little tweaking, any space has the potential to become a hotbed of connected thinking. 

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

As Rosie Manning learned recently, true collaboration thrives in an environment built on trust, openness, and flexibility.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 4, 12:50 PM

The idea that we remove assumptions proposes communicating: talking and listening.

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Culture as Competitive Advantage


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5 People Who Destroy Your Culture

5 People Who Destroy Your Culture | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Keeping around any employee who is a bad culture fit can destroy your team's working environment. If people think bad or counterproductive behavior is acceptable they will imprint on this and either start acting badly themselves or want to leave the company to work in a more positive environment.

Here are some of the typical types of people who can hurt your culture:


1. The Jerk

2.  The Whiner

3. Credit Taker

4. Charming Do Nothing

5. Loyalty Monger


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A Fragmented Corporate Culture is the Villain of the Piece

A Fragmented Corporate Culture is the Villain of the Piece | Collaboration | Scoop.it

The truth remains that really breaking down silos is very hard; particularly at companies as large and rich in deeply entrenched traditions.


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Push Hierarchy? Pull Hierarchy? Holacracy? Holarchy? Heterarchy? Wirearchy?

Push Hierarchy? Pull Hierarchy? Holacracy? Holarchy? Heterarchy? Wirearchy? | Collaboration | Scoop.it

How will a competitive and efficient organization look like in the future? In this excellent blog post, Jon Husband provides an overview of emerging trends.  


Which one will be most effective will depend upon how an organization wants to respond to the fundamental issues of flexibility, agility, responsiveness, execution and forward stability.


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I recommend that you follow Jon's blog. You'll find it here: Wirearchy.


Follow Jon on Twitter here: @jonhusband


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Michael Binzer's curator insight, June 6, 5:19 AM

Valuable insights, Kenneth. Hierarchy is a matter of finding the right solution at the right time and the right culture under the right circumstances

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The 7 Success Factors of Social Business Strategy

The 7 Success Factors of Social Business Strategy | Collaboration | Scoop.it

A social business is more than social media and the Likes of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, et al. Yet, it’s a term that’s often confused with social media strategy. But, there’s an important difference between a social business and a social media strategy.


Each represent distinct qualities where “social” is simply a qualifier. In front of media, social is an adjective that describes the nature of channels, networks, or platforms that facilitate conversations online. When placed ahead of business, social articulates a philosophy or approach.


In this case, “social business” is a philosophy; a way of business where social technologies supported by new approaches facilitate a more open, engaged, collaborative foundation for how we work.


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How to Stay Ahead of the Curve

How to Stay Ahead of the Curve | Collaboration | Scoop.it

In the Shift Age, we have all become connected, globally. We can now collaborate 24 hours a day with our team, company or institution. So, in a connected world, where the speed of change is only accelerating, how can a leader best lead in a way that will keep her entity ahead of the curve, forward focused and successful?


By practicing collaborative on-going reorganization.


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Chris Shern's curator insight, May 19, 4:53 PM

The speed of change has become environmental, and collaborative continuous organisational change will become commonplace. 

Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, May 28, 8:16 AM

Excellent article!  I particularly like the quote:  If a leader is not leading transformation of the company they may find that they might not have a company in 2020.

 

What are you doing to stay ahead of the curve?  Would love to hear from you. 

 

Until next time...PS - Live on Purpose!

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Collaboration: Salvation or Myth

Collaboration: Salvation or Myth | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Collaboration and serendipity is not something you can force. The way people want to work is as diverse as the people who do the work.


This is a fine blog post by Roger Noort built on an interview with Peter Vander Auwera. 


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David Hain's curator insight, May 8, 7:12 AM

The rewards of successful collaboration are high - the cost of failed collaboration is also high.  Choose your way wisely!

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Shaping a Successful Culture? You Start With Purposeful Leadership

Shaping a Successful Culture? You Start With Purposeful Leadership | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Culture is a powerful force and culture-shaping efforts fail for many key reasons. But what makes them succeed? What makes some culture-change efforts successful where others become simply another “flavor of the week” training session that never translates into real change?

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

To be personally engaged in leading culture change, the CEO must:

  • Work on leadership behaviors that they need to shift in themselves and then show up differently to the organization;
  • Lead his or her senior team through culture-shaping sessions and activities before any other teams take part;
  • Take ownership of the work on defining the desired and needed culture and clarifying the organization’s purpose
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The Innovation Steering Committee as a Guiding Coalition to Change Culture

The Innovation Steering Committee as a Guiding Coalition to Change Culture | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Today, meetings consume close to 40-50% of executive time. That’s 100 days per year! By some measures 80% of meeting time could be better invested in closing business, developing talent, recruiting new customers, conceiving new products or improving operations – just about anything other than gathering for another conversation without productive outcomes.

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Invest in Your Network and Your Network Will Invest in You

Invest in Your Network and Your Network Will Invest in You | Collaboration | Scoop.it

More than ever, your network is the most valuable asset you have. So then why has “networking” become a dirty word? Why do we envision sleazy conference goers or slick salesmen when we think of networking?


In this 99U talk, hacker and author Joshua Klein shares how technology and growing “black markets” are optimizing our world for relationships. But building authentic relationships takes work. As a result, we need to be generous with our talents and time and invest in those around us (and then they’ll invest in us). 


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Networking in an authentic way requires guts, time, and, well, being human.

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Stakeholder Mapping for Collaboration

Stakeholder Mapping for Collaboration | Collaboration | Scoop.it

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.



Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Current stakeholder mapping tools do not include the diversity needed for collaboration. Try an alternative stakeholder map that gives everyone a role.

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Claude Emond's comment, July 14, 9:13 AM
Most stakeholder «management» tools and techniques are based on measuring (whatever it means) Power and Influence. This is mostly done without open discussion with the stakeholders and highly manipulative in its intent. It does not either consider meta game and alliance among unlikely collaborators. The model you found, Kenneth is thus a pace towards a better way, something that «engage» stakeholders instead of «managing/trying to manipulate» them. Thanks a lot :)
Claude Emond's curator insight, July 14, 9:20 AM

Most stakeholder «management» tools and techniques are based on measuring (whatever it means) Power and Influence. This is mostly done without open discussion with the stakeholders and highly manipulative in its intent. It does not either consider meta game and alliance among unlikely collaborators. This model is thus a pace towards a better way, something that «engage» stakeholders instead of «managing/trying to manipulate» them.

Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 15, 1:36 PM

Collaboration is an organizational necessity; effective organizations excel at and continuously strive to improve it

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Learning Collaboration from Tiki-Taka Soccer

Learning Collaboration from Tiki-Taka Soccer | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Companies that want to survive in today’s fiercely competitive economy must continuously strive to stay a step ahead of rivals.  They cannot do this by using only the resources of their leaders; they must harness all the collective intelligence that surrounds them.


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Business can learn five lessons about using swarm intelligence from soccer teams using the tiki-taka style.

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The Paying-It-Forward Payoff

The Paying-It-Forward Payoff | Collaboration | Scoop.it

You scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours. But if you scratch my back, am I any more likely to scratch someone else’s?

Most of us are familiar with direct reciprocity – the idea that people respond to kind actions directed toward them with other kind actions. But generalized reciprocity — “you help me and I help someone else” can be a bit trickier to measure. New research, however, shows that it might be possible for companies to encourage such generosity among employees.


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Uncovering what drives a culture of collaboration….A fine blog post by Gretchen Gavett. 


Follow her on Twitter: @gretchenmarg.

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The Collaboration Paradox: Why Working Together Often Yields Weaker Results

The Collaboration Paradox: Why Working Together Often Yields Weaker Results | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Paul McCartney and John Lennon were not psychologists. But their approach to collaboration highlights many of the recommendations experts are now offering organizations for making groups more effective.


McCartney excelled at melody, Lennon at lyrics. His songs were uplifting, Lennon’s had an edge. McCartney was left-handed and, importantly, Lennon was not. Playing together, they each benefited from seeing a song’s chord progression reflected back at them, making it easier to improvise notes that fit the scale.


The lesson: Collaborations are most effective when teammates complement rather than replicate one another’s abilities. Skill duplication leads to power struggles.

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The Chaos of Change: 3 Keys to Leading Through Transitions

The Chaos of Change: 3 Keys to Leading Through Transitions | Collaboration | Scoop.it

We all know managing change is never easy, but you can do a better job of leading during transitions by tapping the strengths of the existing culture.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

In their article, Aguirre and Alpern offer 10 guiding principles to help leaders overcome these obstacles. Here are three of them:


1. Leverage the strengths of the existing culture.

2. Involve every layer of the organization.

3. Find the informal leaders.

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Digital Enterprises

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Digital Enterprises | Collaboration | Scoop.it

To stay competitive, companies must stop experimenting with digital and commit to transforming themselves into full digital businesses. Here are seven habits that successful digital enterprises share. 

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Creating A Connected Organization for the 21st Century

The future of work is here. We need 21st century leaders to build connected organizations on the edges. This deck summarizes my model on how to implement strategy through people (aka change management).

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Stephen Dale's curator insight, May 26, 5:55 AM

Some useful triggers, though don't really follow the points in the "Scarcity" and "Abundance" slides. Were top-down organizations scarce in the 20th century?

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Digital collaboration goes deeper, gets lightweight and intelligent

Digital collaboration goes deeper, gets lightweight and intelligent | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Two tracks seem to be emerging with today's enterprise collaboration tools. Either they're becoming full-sized suites with the kitchen sink, or they're focusing making a few core features work better than anyone else.


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AleksBlumentals's curator insight, May 25, 3:24 AM

Lots of tools, still collaboration is as rare as ever... what are you missing?

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Company Culture: A Driving Force For Innovation

Company Culture: A Driving Force For Innovation | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Real innovation starts with your company culture. Your shared values will help your business grow while stale company culture can sink you entirely. Your company culture can change in subtle ways over time but there are many ways to keep your infrastructure on task and in line with your overall mission. Simply stated, a good company culture drives innovation.


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Culture Mapping: A Powerful Tool for Organizational Transformation

Slideshare by Dave Gray on culture Mapping. It's a powerful tool for any company that’s dealing with a difficult transformation that will require rethinking, re-imagining or simply shifting the company culture.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Dave has been doing some excellent work on culture mapping for a while. I encourage you to read his blog post on this topic also. You'll find it here: Culture Mapping


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