Collaboration
18.7K views | +3 today
Follow
Collaboration
Leading successful collaboration.
Your new post is loading...
Rescooped by Kenneth Mikkelsen from Organisation Development
Scoop.it!

The Alchemy of Success

The Alchemy of Success | Collaboration | Scoop.it

When we connect in positive, trusting, and supportive ways—our brains and hearts open up and the conversations that evolve from that moment of contact activate a neurochemical alchemy for success in organizations.


Yet many leaders, without intending to, are activating an alchemy of fear. Does fear live in your organization? How you manage fear in the workplace determines the levels of productivity and success that your organization and teams achieve.


As a leader, you can shape the experiences people have at work by reducing fear and inner focus, by creating cultures that facilitate enhanced sensitivity, mutual support, vital communication, and engagement in the strategy.


Via David Hain
more...
David Hain's curator insight, May 6, 2014 12:05 PM

"As a 21st century leader, you have the power to transform a moment of fear, into a trajectory of success.' ~ Judith Glaser, via @tshnall #LeadWithGiants

Scooped by Kenneth Mikkelsen
Scoop.it!

Hierarchy is dead! Long live Holacracy! ...Right?

Hierarchy is dead! Long live Holacracy! ...Right? | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Why do so many articles on implementations of management-less companies being referred to as “eliminating hierarchy” mix that with Holacracy? Why would a company then need Holacracy?


Take the Zappos gets rid of managers example – read on because there’s no mentioning of eliminating hierarchy. They are implementing a holacracy for a clear Purpose: they attempt to prevent bureaucracy from infiltrating Zappos, while maintaining a start-up culture within what is now, a quite large organization. They attempt to build Resilience against bureaucracy. It is what they believe to be needed to maintain a start-up culture.


more...
Eli Levine's comment, May 3, 2014 11:31 AM
Patrick: I was wondering how it could be applied within the government agencies, I see how it can be applied from government to the larger social and environmental ecosystems. Sorry for the confusion! :)
AleksBlumentals's curator insight, May 6, 2014 3:58 AM

The ideas we have developed and used for at least 4 decades are gradually becoming incorporated into how we think of organizations on a more regular basis

Stephen Dale's curator insight, May 7, 2014 6:18 AM

The article challenges the assumption that holocracy eliminates hierarchies. From the piece: 

 

"Holacracy claims to ....change  the concept of organizational structure from one that is autocratic and top-down to one that is decentralized, organic, and bottom-up. Ultimately, the vision of Holacracy is to allow the emergent, creative properties of the individuals playing roles within an organization to self-organize and flourish, much like human cells are organized into organs, which in turn are organized into bodies and minds, which in turn go forth into the world to express their purpose as humans."


#socbiz

Scooped by Kenneth Mikkelsen
Scoop.it!

Culture is King and Change Leadership is Queen

Culture is King and Change Leadership is Queen | Collaboration | Scoop.it

The great Kings and Queens work in tandem with each other, and are loved by the people.  Great leaders are loved too. In business, culture and change leadership are King and Queen.



Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

The only way you can ensure the legitimacy of your culture as a leader is to be where the action is i.e. with your people, listening, observing, sharing; leading.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kenneth Mikkelsen
Scoop.it!

Using Culture as a KPI

Using Culture as a KPI | Collaboration | Scoop.it

An information-driven culture is one in which information is considered a strategic asset within the organization.


When we think of culture we tend to think of things that can be difficult to measure – music, for example, or philosophy.  When it comes to BI culture, though, we can’t think of it in abstract terms; we need to measure, track, and improve it if we want to use it as part of an information-driven organization.


If we consider that culture is "the system of shared beliefsvalues, customs, behaviors, and artifacts that the members of society use to cope with their world and with one another,” it becomes much easier to measure some of those seemingly intangible assets.  If we apply this definition of culture to Business Intelligence we find there are four distinct areas to be measured.


more...
David Hain's curator insight, May 1, 2014 2:47 AM

Culture mapping - a great diagnostic tool.

Scooped by Kenneth Mikkelsen
Scoop.it!

How Innovation Ecosystems Turn Outsiders into Collaborators

How Innovation Ecosystems Turn Outsiders into Collaborators | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Running a truly innovative company means constantly improving your innovation culture and process. Running a successful innovation ecosystem, however, demands more. Successful innovation ecosystems make people outside the company measurably smarter, richer, and more innovative. Biologically speaking, innovation ecosystems invest in symbiosis, not parasitism. Growth isn’t zero-sum.


more...
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 30, 2014 7:54 PM

We need to ask what it means for environments to be richer. In complexity science, John Holland uses niche as a way demonstrating the needed diversity. Diversity, based on local enrichment, is part of the richness.

 

In schools, each teacher and each student represents a contributor to the local enrichment of a niche which might be a classroom and it might be the topic being learned. Metaphorically, ecological thinking has considerable potential in school-education.

Scooped by Kenneth Mikkelsen
Scoop.it!

Why You're Probably Missing Out on Your Employees' Best Ideas

Why You're Probably Missing Out on Your Employees' Best Ideas | Collaboration | Scoop.it

A little known cognitive bias means managers often dismiss creative ideas that are right under their noses.


In crowdsourcing, a big challenge is not with coming up with creative ideas, but identifying creative ideas. A bias makes us bad at spotting creative ideas when they come from those working around us.


more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kenneth Mikkelsen
Scoop.it!

Managing the extended workforce: A skills strategy for business agility

Managing the extended workforce: A skills strategy for business agility | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Today’s “extended workforce” includes a mix of internal and external people. That talent strategy can keep organizations nimble in response to rapidly changing skills needs, but such a workforce also needs to be managed in new ways.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

For many organizations, a workforce is comprised of a mix of internal and external people. Recent Accenture analysis of this “extended workforce” finds that external workers, equipped with project-specific skills, are enabling organizations to seize marketplace opportunities faster, with more agility. To manage this extended workforce effectively, companies must create new organizational structures, facilitate interaction and collaboration among all workforce types, and integrate talent-related processes and systems.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kenneth Mikkelsen
Scoop.it!

A Shared Purpose Drives Collaboration

A Shared Purpose Drives Collaboration | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Purpose is collaboration’s most unacknowledged determinant.  While it can be taken for granted within families, that’s not true of most organizations. “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work but rather, teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea,” pointed out Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the French writer and aviator, who wrote The Little Prince. 


Yet, companies and executives spend endless amounts of time and money trying to foster collaboration through technology, training, and memos instead of quickly defining the problem, framing the challenges, and inspiring people to come together and tackle it.

more...
Peter C. Newton-Evans's curator insight, April 4, 2014 8:57 AM

To build a culture of peace, we need a shared vision of the world we want. But how often we have heard that exercise put down as Utopian. As Carl Sandburg put it, "Nothing happens unless first a dream."

AleksBlumentals's curator insight, May 6, 2014 4:01 AM

Growth on a significant scale is very often the result of alignment at a more profound level, a systems-level. This is typically resisted when approached from the collaboration framework of normal operations, which are designed for efficiency.

But systems-level changes require tweaks in the rules of the status-quo, the as-is, which can't be solved within the paradigm. hence, the interface for collaboration means something different at this scale. This requires a different approach ...

Scooped by Kenneth Mikkelsen
Scoop.it!

To Improve Collaboration, Try an Olive Branch on Steroids

To Improve Collaboration, Try an Olive Branch on Steroids | Collaboration | Scoop.it

With the exception of “dyed-in-the-wool” unforgiving types (you know, the people who seem to delight in ruining family holiday dinners), one of the things nearly all of us are defenseless against is a sincere, earnest, unsolicited apology.


Despite its power, there are not a small number of people in this world who have never received one — and an equally sizable number of people who have never felt they owed one to someone. And yet for the majority of people, it’s disarming and intriguing enough to lower their guard to hear what the apologizer has to say.


If you’re unsure of the value in delivering a sincere, earnest, unsolicited apology, you need go no further than the neurology of mirror neurons.



Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Need some visual inspiration then watch how Bono pulls it off in this U2 video: The Sweetest Thing


more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kenneth Mikkelsen
Scoop.it!

Placing Time on Your Side for Collaborative Innovation

Placing Time on Your Side for Collaborative Innovation | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Time represents the persistent, substantive constraint to being effective within an organization. Can you have a moment of a sponsor’s time to share the benefits of collaborative innovation? Does the sponsor and challenge team perceive you as respecting their time once you persuade them to pursue the practice with you?


more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kenneth Mikkelsen
Scoop.it!

An Alternative To Holacracy: Unlocking Ideas For The Best Results

An Alternative To Holacracy: Unlocking Ideas For The Best Results | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Holacractic organizations hinge on ingesting universal input and coming to consensus. But it doesn't have to be black-and-white when the answers come flooding in. Here's how to work with the employee feedback resources waiting to be used. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kenneth Mikkelsen
Scoop.it!

Human Towers - The Art of Collaboration

A beautiful testament to the power of human collaboration. 


castell is a human tower built traditionally in festivals at many locations within Catalonia. At these festivals, several colles castelleres or teams often succeed in building and dismantling a tower's structure.


On November 16, 2010, castells were declared by UNESCO to be amongst the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.


This is a film by David Oliete. Filmed on the 6th and 7th of October 2012 in Tarragona, Catalonia.

more...
MyKLogica's curator insight, March 20, 2014 12:57 PM

Es emocionante verlo y vivirlo ...

Stephen Dale's curator insight, March 21, 2014 5:53 AM

XXIV Human Towers Competition took place the 6th and 7th of October 2012 in Tarragona, Catalonia. Can there be a better metaphor for "collaboration"?! 

Scooped by Kenneth Mikkelsen
Scoop.it!

No Value Creation Without Culture - Corporate Culture Is The Glue

No Value Creation Without Culture - Corporate Culture Is The Glue | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Corporate culture is an incredibly powerful factor in a company’s long-term success. No matter how good your strategy is, when it comes down to it, people always make the difference. Not paying attention to culture undermines performance.


The most important thing about culture is that it’s the only sustainable point of difference for any organisation. Anyone can copy your strategy, but nobody can copy your culture. So don’t leave it untended!

more...
Christian Bartosik's curator insight, March 17, 2014 4:53 AM

"Culture is everything. The culture is the number one most important thing about a company. And the success of the company really depends on having the right culture and keeping it strong."

Anne Landreat's curator insight, March 17, 2014 7:39 AM

"Anyone can copy your strategy, but nobody can copy your culture."

So true and so undervalued !

Scooped by Kenneth Mikkelsen
Scoop.it!

Can People Collaborate Effectively While Working Remotely?

Can People Collaborate Effectively While Working Remotely? | Collaboration | Scoop.it

As more workplaces become knowledge based, more companies will experience the tension of helping employees work together effectively while allowing them to do their jobs from almost anywhere.


One of the most important questions regarding the ability to work from anywhere is the effect it has on employees' engagement levels. On the one hand, working remotely offers employees a measure of autonomy that helps them feel better equipped to do their jobs well. On the other hand, employees must have positive, trusting relationships with their managers and coworkers to stay engaged, and such relationships may be more difficult to sustain with fewer opportunities for face-to-face interaction.


Gallup's extensive employee engagement research - presented in its recent State of the American Workplace report -- suggests that the ability to work remotely corresponds with higher engagement, but primarily among those who spend less than 20% of their total working time doing so.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:
Findings form Gallup's extensive employee engagement research: 

  • Among those who never work remotely, 28% are engaged - meaning they are emotionally involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work -- while 20% are actively disengaged, meaning they are unhappy at work and tend to disrupt their coworkers' productivity. The remaining on-site workers fall into a middle category -- not engaged.
  • Among employees who spend up to 20% of their time remotely, 35% are engaged - but engagement levels drop as employees spend more time off-site.


more...
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 15, 2014 7:38 PM

It could be we need to find what works best and when it works best. It might be less about working remotely or working side-by-side and doing both at appropriate times.

Stephen Dale's curator insight, March 16, 2014 6:58 AM

Gallup found that overall, remote workers are sllighlty more engaged (32%) than employees who work on site (28%). But there is a point of diminishing returns for engaging remote workers: Those who spend less than 20% of their time working remotely are the most engaged (35%) and have the lowest level of active disengagement (12%). These employees likely enjoy an ideal balance of both worlds opportunities for collaboration and camaraderie with coworkers at the office and the relative sense of freedom that comes from working remotely. #socbiz #agile

Helen Teague's curator insight, March 16, 2014 8:46 AM

seems like the ability to discipline self to remain engaged is important

Scooped by Kenneth Mikkelsen
Scoop.it!

Why Every Employee Should Be Building Weak Ties At Work

Why Every Employee Should Be Building Weak Ties At Work | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Oftentimes we focus on building strong relationships with people, strong ties. After all, the better we know someone and the stronger the relationship is, the more valuable it is for us right? 

more...
Eli Levine's curator insight, May 3, 2014 10:32 AM

Indeed, you should be familiar with how things in other sides of the company or organization works, especially with interrelated stuff.  Without the perspective of the whole, how are you able to make good decisions in your own department for the sake of the company, agency or organization that you're apart of?

 

Arguably, this is the same problem that we perennially get when we get represented by people who are too aristocratic and patrician like.  They're not aware, nor do they care to be aware, of the rest of the social world that is around them.  Their ravenous focus on the small "self" leads them to ignore everyone and everything else, thus leading to the inevitable collapse of their world and ours.

 

Think about it.

Scooped by Kenneth Mikkelsen
Scoop.it!

Tapping the Power of Hidden Influencers

Tapping the Power of Hidden Influencers | Collaboration | Scoop.it

A tool social scientists use to identify sex workers and drug users can help senior executives find the people most likely to catalyze - or sabotage - organizational-change efforts. 


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

I suggest you also read this article: Why spotting influencers is good business.


more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kenneth Mikkelsen
Scoop.it!

Is Collaboration Limited by Organizational Structure?

Is Collaboration Limited by Organizational Structure? | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Organizational design has a huge impact on decision-making and collaboration, and both reflects, and often creates, the level of collaboration and autonomy with and amongst the workforce. Culture may eat strategy for lunch but decision-making, reporting and budgeting structures can either birth or strangle both culture and strategy with both hands tied behind its back.


At this stage we have four primary organizational models along a continuum from command and control to cooperative and anarchic. From GM to Valve we might call it, with a Basecamp and a Zappos thrown in to complete the picture. Each has strengths and weaknesses.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

I find the best work on collaboration to be Morten T. Hansen's book, Collaboration: How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Build Common Ground, and Reap Big Results.


Article related to the book: How to build a collaborative advantage from Sloan Review by Morten T. Hansen and Nitin Nohria.


Additional resources:




Resources on holacracy




Image credit: Gapingvoid /Jon Husband

more...
Annabel Kaye's curator insight, August 5, 2014 11:12 AM

When you add freelancers into the ix your wirearchy can be tangled

Scooped by Kenneth Mikkelsen
Scoop.it!

Finding Your Network Advantage

Finding Your Network Advantage | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Companies usually manage their alliances and partnerships by appointing a manager to oversee one of these relationships. What many companies have yet to do is to manage the entire gamut of these collaborations as a whole. If they don’t manage their network of alliances and partnerships as a portfolio of relationships, they miss out on the enormous gains from broader cooperation.


more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kenneth Mikkelsen
Scoop.it!

Key Aspects of the Digital Workplace in 2014

Key Aspects of the Digital Workplace in 2014 | Collaboration | Scoop.it

While technology has thoroughly infused the workplace, its strategic adoption and meaningful application by the typical worker is actually just beginning. Here's how the digital workplace will develop in 2014. 

more...
Stephen Dale's curator insight, March 12, 2014 11:18 AM

While technology has thoroughly infused the workplace, its strategic adoption and meaningful application by the typical worker is actually just beginning. Here's how the digital workplace will look this year.

Scooped by Kenneth Mikkelsen
Scoop.it!

The Enterprise Technologies To Watch In 2014

The Enterprise Technologies To Watch In 2014 | Collaboration | Scoop.it

A next-generation enterprise describes an organization that is proactively moving into the present by changing how they assimilate, architect, apply, and maintain their technology solutions.


The purpose: Updating and transforming their processes, structures, and business models to effectively align with and work natively in today’s networked, open, and participative digital economy.

more...
Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, April 4, 2014 12:25 AM

What are the most promising emerging enterprise technologies that are reaching a stage of must-adopt this year?


To answer that question, Dion Hinchcliffe has to look at the needs of what he called the next-generation enterprise (NGE):

"A next-generation enterprise describes an organization that is proactively moving into the present by changing how they assimilate, architect, apply, and maintain their technology solutions. The purpose: Updating and transforming their processes, structures, and business models to effectively align with and work natively in today’s networked, open, and participative digital economy. While that may be a mouthful, it also accurately describes what most organizations must do to ultimately avoid disruption in the marketplace as technology increasingly defines how our businesses engage with and provide value to the world."

june holley's curator insight, April 5, 2014 7:45 AM

How many of these are you familiar with?

Scooped by Kenneth Mikkelsen
Scoop.it!

The Network Organization 

The Network Organization  | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Excerpt from Alma Dakaj's new book, The Company Body. 


Successful business organizations of the future will rely more and more on collaborative circles of functions based on skills, expertise and communication, not competitive hierarchies of the people forming the circles.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

I suggest that you also take a look at two of Alma's Slideshare Presentations here: 


  1. The Company Body Part I
  2. The Company Body - Part II


more...
Victor Jimenez's curator insight, February 24, 2014 12:55 PM

How do organizations resemble the human body? Understand one by discussing how the other works?

 

I checked out the slideshares for The Company Body and became intrigued enough to buy the book. Now, time to get reading!

Scooped by Kenneth Mikkelsen
Scoop.it!

Open Innovation Network Builder

Open Innovation Network Builder | Collaboration | Scoop.it

This post describes a simple five stage process for building your open innovation network described in detail below.


The five stages are:


  1. Visualise your current core innovation network
  2. Make the most of your current network
  3. Identify your new open innovation partners
  4. Search, share and scan
  5. Engage and keep in touch
Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Excellent work by @100open

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kenneth Mikkelsen
Scoop.it!

Five Questions that Will Help You Build an Innovation Culture

Five Questions that Will Help You Build an Innovation Culture | Collaboration | Scoop.it

The Problem with Top-Down Innovation Peter Drucker once said “culture eats strategy for lunch.”  And that can be a problem for people that want to innovate – they often work inside of organisational cultures that don’t support innovation very well.

more...
John Michel's curator insight, February 18, 2014 9:23 AM

Getting your ideas to spread is an important part of innovation – and you can’t do this if you don’t have a clear idea of the value that you are creating for people.

Library@NYP's curator insight, March 2, 2014 4:41 AM

Innovation is about making things better for your customers and organisation. To do so, we must be proactive to make the move first.

Scooped by Kenneth Mikkelsen
Scoop.it!

Learning Points: Enterprise 2.0 Summit Paris 2014

Overview of articles, blog posts, presentations and references related to the Enterprise 2.0 Summit in Paris 2014.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kenneth Mikkelsen
Scoop.it!

Breaking Down Worker Silos

Breaking Down Worker Silos | Collaboration | Scoop.it

While data silos are a major purveyor of diminished workplace efficiency, “worker silos” may be an even worse problem. These are organizational human architectures that prevent employees from collaborating. Luckily, three megatrends of tech — mobile, social and video technology — may offer a recipe to end such disjointed systems.

more...
No comment yet.
Curated by Kenneth Mikkelsen
Thinker ★ Speaker ★ Writer ★ Leadership Adviser ★ Learning Designer ★ Neo-Generalist

Kenneth Mikkelsen is co-founder of FutureShifts. We help visionary companies identify and tackle the big shifts in the world by cultivating the skills, mindsets, behaviors and organisational cultures needed to succeed in times of change.