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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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HR Should Own Organizational Effectiveness

HR Should Own Organizational Effectiveness | Collaboration | Scoop.it

What should the role of HR be in a corporation? It many respects, the answer is obvious and simple. It should take primary responsibility for providing input, advice, direction, and execution with respect to organization effectiveness.

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The Power of Unintentional Collaboration | MIT Sloan Management Review

The Power of Unintentional Collaboration | MIT Sloan Management Review | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Social media exchanges aren’t just chit-chat — they’re an opportunity to improve business management. 


The capability for unintentional collaboration creates opportunities for social business inside and outside the organization.


Two decades ago, companies were fixated on the idea of “knowledge management” — getting the right information to the right place at the right time so that it could be valuable for the organization. These efforts largely failed because it required additional effort by employees to actually share what they knew and categorize that knowledge, without any guarantee that others would benefit from it.


Social media platforms eliminate these barriers, making knowledge accessible to others without extra effort and without having to pre-define its uses.


Unintentional collaboration also creates opportunities for engaging with customers. Until recently, the burden for collaborating was largely on the customer. Customers needed to initiate contact with an organization for help resolving a problem. On social media platforms, however, customer communication creates an opportunity for the company to initiate collaboration with the customer, even if they are not actively seeking it.

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Holacracy at Undercurrent

Holacracy at Undercurrent | Collaboration | Scoop.it

The guys at Undercurrent have been publishing some smart thinking around organizational structures and culture of late. Organizational culture, structures and processes is the stuff that makes for real change.

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8 Ways to Build Trust in the Workplace

8 Ways to Build Trust in the Workplace | Collaboration | Scoop.it

The office is more than a place that employees go to earn a paycheck. Relationships between employees and employers are essential in creating an efficient and successful businesses. For these relationships to flourish and employers to successfully manage employees, there needs to be some degree of trust.


The Jacobs Model , outlined in an infographic, identifies eight drivers of trust that are necessary in the workplace.


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Pam Ross's curator insight, February 5, 2014 8:20 AM

I believe Trust is the foundation of positive workplace culture. 8 components of building trust here. 

june holley's curator insight, March 4, 2014 7:17 AM

Would be interesting to see how these apply to building trust in networks.

Wanda McKenzie's curator insight, June 18, 2014 12:46 PM

great infographic

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The next generation Organisation: The Intuitive Organisation

The next generation Organisation: The Intuitive Organisation | Collaboration | Scoop.it

An environment of rapid change will warrant that organisations be modelled to be intuitive so as to better prepare themselves for threats and opportunities.

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Claude Emond's curator insight, February 5, 2014 7:11 PM

...and intuition works better when we share knowledge and multiple perspectives. Collective intelligence boosts intuition :). 

Luís Cochofel's curator insight, February 6, 2014 9:55 AM

That there will be changes is the only fact that never changes.

This article remebered me, again, a poem by Luís de Camões that was stating this same thought some 500 years ago:

 

‘Mudam-se os tempos, mudam-se as vontades,

Muda-se o ser, muda-se a confiança;

Todo o mundo é composto de mudança,

Tomando sempre novas qualidades.

 

Continuamente vemos novidades,

Diferentes em tudo da esperança;

Do mal ficam as mágoas na lembrança,

E do bem, se algum houve, as saudades.


O tempo cobre o chão de verde manto,

Que já coberto foi de neve fria,

E em mim converte em choro o doce canto.


E, afora este mudar-se cada dia,

Outra mudança faz de mor espanto:

Que não se muda já como soía.’

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, February 7, 2014 11:56 PM

An environment of rapid change needs to warrant that organisations be modeled to be intuitive, so all members of such organisation has to better prepare themselves for threats and opportunities ahead.


Starting from the two following questions:

1.  What do you look out for?

2. Where do you start?

this article will give you fundamental steps to follow and ensure anchoring a successful Intuitive organisation

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The State and Future of Enterprise Collaboration

The State and Future of Enterprise Collaboration | Collaboration | Scoop.it

How can we use new tools to change the way we work? What is the future of Enterprise Collaboration? Oscar Berg talks about it in this article. It's a goldmine of relevant references to Enterprise 2.0 research. 

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A Company Without Job Titles Will Still Have Hierarchies

A Company Without Job Titles Will Still Have Hierarchies | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Radically flat. That’s the management goal that Tony Hseih, founder of e-commerce giant Zappos, aims to achieve by the end of 2014. To get there, Hsieh plans to toss out the traditional corporate hierarchy by eliminating titles among his 1,500 employees that can lead to bottlenecks in decision-making. The end result: a holacracy centered around self-organizing teams who actively push the entire business forward.


Think of it as management operating system 3.0.

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See and Manage Your Organization's Culture

See and Manage Your Organization's Culture | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Organizational culture is the heart and soul of a company. Here’s the thing many people don’t realize: culture can either be designed, or it happens by default. Great leaders understand the value of culture, but the path to designing it is often extremely difficult to see, much less manage.

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How Innovative Companies Collaborate

How Innovative Companies Collaborate | Collaboration | Scoop.it
For highly innovative group collaborations, do what the big tech firms do: Cycle through collaborations with different pairs and take the long view.
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Victor Jimenez's curator insight, January 10, 2014 7:58 PM

From the author....

"...successful collaborations rotated control of the project back and forth between [two] partners. This rotating partnership worked better than domineering or consensus-based approaches where a single partner controlled all phases of the collaboration or the partners shared control of every phase"

 

Would this concept simply be able to be mixed in with Agile Development process and rotate leadership through phases of the development lifecycle? Has this been tried before?

 

I'd be interested in hearing stories from teams who have applied this rotating concept. Please feel free to comment here on your story(ies) of this collaboration method.

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Holacracy: Is This the Logical Step For the Evolution of the Organization?

Holacracy: Is This the Logical Step For the Evolution of the Organization? | Collaboration | Scoop.it

There is quite some buzz about a specific organizational governance approach these days - the "Holacracy" model. 


Yet for most companies a Holocracy is either a very scary or a very unobtainable model, Rogier Noort explains.

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What's Wrong With Your Organizational Structure?

What's Wrong With Your Organizational Structure? | Collaboration | Scoop.it

A common myth among entrepreneurs is that organizational structure gets in the way of getting work done. But problems don't come from structure itself, but from aninappropriate structure.


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Christopher Sachse Aaris's curator insight, January 9, 2014 4:45 AM

Read this BEFORE you change your organization. Made me think.

Pam Ross's curator insight, February 5, 2014 8:22 AM

Some great insights on Holacracy. It's not about NO structure - it's about appropriate structure.

Wanda McKenzie's curator insight, June 18, 2014 12:45 PM

stale date, but not stale material....insightful with a fun "real org chart"

 

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Redefining Collaboration

Redefining Collaboration | Collaboration | Scoop.it

We all face a complex future requiring greater degrees of innovation and coordination. We need better collaboration. This is one of the promises of digital technologies such as analytics, mobility and particularly social media.

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Stephen Dale's curator insight, December 16, 2013 5:42 AM

Liked this article, not least because it highlights the mistake that many people make in thinking that sharing is the same as collaborating. Collaboration requires much deeper commitment and introduces that ephemeral element of "trust". 

 

I think maybe this abstract sums it up pretty well: 

 

"Stop focusing on knowledge capture, publishing and presentation as characterizations for collaborative software.  These are characteristics of publishing and communications solutions, yes peer-to-peer, but not the essence of collaboration."

Victor Jimenez's curator insight, December 31, 2013 9:51 AM

Collaboration is not just sharing, it is more. Review this article by Mark McDonald to find out what that means...

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Why Hierarchies Must Sign Their Own Death Warrant To Survive

Why Hierarchies Must Sign Their Own Death Warrant To Survive | Collaboration | Scoop.it

Hierarchies must lead the charge to replace themselves with heterarchies or responsible autonomy. 


In politics the world has largely abandoned hierarchy for democracy. In family life, hierarchical patriarchy is no longer acceptable. In the book, The Three Ways of Getting Things Done (2005), the late Gerard Fairtlough asks: when will organizations get with it and abandon the practice of making key decisions based on authority rather than competence?


Hierarchy, it says, is not just a bad habit: it’s an addiction.


When will our organizations kick the addiction?

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

I also suggest that you read this Wiki post about Three Ways of Getting Things Done.

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Stephen Dale's curator insight, December 11, 2013 8:11 AM

From the comments: "In a federated model, the need for nimbleness and capability-focused governance is even more urgent. It becomes harder to control the many pieces, and so more self-reliance is needed. But to ensure that the overall enterprise remains on a well-defined course, there must be a system for reconciling the competing interests of the many federations and for providing not merely polices but incentives for cooperation."

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Social Business Adoption in the Workplace

Social Business Adoption in the Workplace | Collaboration | Scoop.it

What does becoming a social business actually entail? A practitioner in the trenches shares his top strategies and techniques for driving engagement with social tools.

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To realise deeper social business value from your existing toolset you will need to design use cases that address specific business needs. But before this can happen, a clear understanding of your current ecosystem is needed in order to show what you can realistically achieve, the steps you will need to take and the barriers you must overcome.

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How To Build a High-Performing Digital Team

How To Build a High-Performing Digital Team | Collaboration | Scoop.it
Digital skills are in high demand and short supply. But first things first — how do you define a digital team when nearly everything is digital? Here are six traits to look for in your future employees.
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Pam Ross's curator insight, February 5, 2014 8:24 AM

Skills for a workforce with #digtalfluency #impact99

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Performance Management and the Pony Express

Performance Management and the Pony Express | Collaboration | Scoop.it

We know how great managers manage. They define very clearly the outcomes they want, and then they get to know the person in as much detail as possible to discover the best way to help this person achieve the outcomes. Whether you call this an individualized approach, a strengths-based approach, or just common sense, it’s what great managers do.


This is not what our current performance management systems do. They ignore the person and instead tell the manager to rate the person on a disembodied list of strengths and skills, often called competencies, and then to teach the person how to acquire the competencies she lacks.

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On Leadership and Collaboration

On Leadership and Collaboration | Collaboration | Scoop.it

A 2009 IMD publication makes the observation:There is a growing tendency in business to recognize that pooling the ideas, resources, commitment and efforts of many is more effective than relying on the few best individuals.


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David Hain's curator insight, November 20, 2013 9:58 AM

Useful distinction between collaboration, coordination and cooperation in this article.

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, May 26, 2014 12:26 PM

Collaboration is now considered as a key leadership attribute in most leadership and management articles, posts and publications. New leadership strategies are now required, such that they drive their power from effective strategies and the transformational power of a compelling vision, rather than from hierarchy, rank, or standard operating procedures. With this in mind, new leaders are also required: Transleaders.


Transleader must effectively use collaboration, alongside proper use of networking, coordinating, and cooperating. Joining forces by working together to create something new in support of a shared vision. The key points are that is is not an individual effort, something new is created, and that the glue is the shared vision.


Nevertheless, collaboration is still a challenging art, some principles needs to be followed to avoid pitfalls:

  • Be clear about the destination
  • develop mutual understanding
  • know when to lead and when to follow
  • set schedules and stick to them
  • encourage information sharing
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Mining Networks for Connection, Again

Mining Networks for Connection, Again | Collaboration | Scoop.it

The notion of mining networks to open connections with targeted people remains a holy grail for sales people and recruiters in the business world.  Futurist Stowe Boyd takes a look at two promising products that leverage this sort of information for social CRM sort of applications.

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Do You Ignite the Power of Your Internal Communities?

Do you ignite of the power of your internal communities? Don’t worry – most other companies don’t realize their potential either. If you want to leverage your communities and harvest their full benefits - read on!

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Blinded by the “LIKE”: The Irrationality of Software Evangelists and Their Audiences

Blinded by the “LIKE”: The Irrationality of Software Evangelists and Their Audiences | Collaboration | Scoop.it

A mental error occurs with the manufacturers and consultants who create, market and sell software solutions.  Manufacturers often take years to develop software, meanwhile falling victim to what behavioral economist Richard Thaler labeled the Endowment Effect


They begin to overvalue their technologies’ innovative benefits creating a bias that discounts and unconsciously rationalizes any shortcomings. 

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Why Your Startup Org Chart Is Pointless

Why Your Startup Org Chart Is Pointless | Collaboration | Scoop.it

The minute you start drawing lines and boxes, you're instituting an us versus them mentality. And that's the last thing you want at a start-up.

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Building the Social Enterprise

Building the Social Enterprise | Collaboration | Scoop.it

By following a few simple principles, leaders can realize the vast potential of social technologies to engage employees and transform organizations.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen is co-founder of FutureShifts. He helps visionary companies identify and tackle the big shifts in society by cultivating the skills, mindsets, behaviours and organisational systems needed to succeed in times of change.