From Linda Naiman: Collab­o­ra­tion has become a hot topic lately, and a recent IBM global study of CEOs revealed that collab­o­ra­tion is key to inno­va­tion success, espe­cially when collab­o­ra­tion occurs beyond company walls. Projects are often too complex for indi­vid­uals or even teams in one company to tackle. Collab­o­ra­tion can be a chal­lenge depending on the culture of an orga­ni­za­tion.

As Meg Wheatley said to Naiman, “In North Amer­ican culture, we have so condi­tioned people to be compet­i­tive and to look out for them­selves that team­work has become a problem. Yet working together is a more natural state for humans than working in isola­tion, and team­work is a natural tendency. The arts, and sports as well, provide people with the expe­ri­ence of what it’s like to work together.”

We’ve also been taught that knowl­edge is power, and there­fore if we share knowl­edge, our power or currency is dimin­ished. So how can groups collab­o­rate more effec­tively? · Go to Working with wisdom: Orches­trating collab­o­ra­tion at work →