Transparency isn't a buzzword - it's a huge competitive advantage when everyone knows what everyone is working on and getting done. It seems obvious, right? But why don't most companies make any steps to become more transparent then?
If you want to empower, engage, or motivate others, don't just focus on increasing your positive behaviors. Pay attention to what you need to stop doing as well. Why? Because people remember the bad more than the good.
In an economy based on trusted knowledge networks of individuals, the role of the organization may revert to merely a supporting one. We might even see corporations bidding for the privilege of supporting knowledge networks.
Knowledge can only be volunteered, it can’t be conscripted”. But is the same true for collaboration? If people are given the right tools and the right environment, will they spontaneously collaborate and share knowledge?
Managers are still the bosses and there's no denying that. But with the advent of collaborative, team-based approaches the definition of leadership is fast changing. Command and control still exists in the workplace but we're doing more to encourage collective ownership.
Before the advent of Twitter, most educators I know had limited opportunities to collaborate with colleagues outside their building. Some subscribed to listservs or participated in online forums, but these outlets lacked critical mass; teachers also networked at in-person conferences and training sessions, but these isolated events didn't provide ongoing support.
Enter Twitter. I've heard many educators say that Twitter is the most effective way to collaborate and that they've learned more with Twitter than they have from years of formal professional development.
What will happen if the average lifespan of companies gets down to just a few years? As this photo by Jay Cross shows, there seems to be a trend for shorter-lived companies, staffed by longer-living employees.
In order for an organization to truly become a social business, the culture has to be right. Social tools enhance transparency but middle managers - those that traditionally have had control over what information gets conveyed to upper management - are struggling to find their roles in this new way of doing business.
Today’s digitally connected workplace demands a completely new set of skills. Our increasing interconnectedness is illuminating the complexity of our work environments. More connections create more possibilities, as well as more potential problems.
The need for collaboration is everywhere. We often don’t see how it shapes our lives, on a global scale and in our most intimate interactions. But the challenges we face today and tomorrow demand that more people work together more effectively than ever before.